A mum has revealed that her babysitter quit on her after reading private text messages between her and her husband.
The woman explained that she had hired a babysitter to watch her two little girls whilst her and her husband go to work, and the woman brings her own little girl with her.
However their arrangement faced a wobble when the babysitter arrived 10 minutes late one day, which made the mum late for work.
As it was the first time it had happened, the couple decided not to act on it and let it slide without mentioning it further.
She wrote: “A day later, she lets me know that she had been helping my daughter on her iPad and some texts popped up between me and my husband.
“I was complaining to him that the babysitter was late that morning and it made me late to work. Well, she kept reading and read all our texts for the past month” – which the woman later added took her about 30 minutes to scroll back as far as she had.
“I had also complained to him once that our babysitter had eaten all our Oreos. It was just funny banter, and I got over it quickly but I was still whining. I would have never said anything to her about it.”
The mum added: “Anyway, the babysitter texted me the night before she was supposed to watch my kids next that she was quitting because of those texts she read.
“She was really hurt I would complain about her to him. I feel horrible but also violated that she read all our texts. I apologised for what I said but I still feel sad about it all.”
She concluded her post by asking Reddit users if she had been unreasonable.
And unsurprisingly they were quick to offer their opinions, with the majority of people saying that the babysitter was in the wrong for invading her privacy.
One said: “You have the right to vent in private to your husband. You forgave her, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t affect your day. She violated your privacy.
“AND she had to go back a month before finding anything else about her. If you text with any frequency, that’s a lot of personal texts for her to have gone though. Any hurt she feels is her own fault.”
Another wrote: “IT IS A HUGE BREACH OF PRIVACY TO READ MESSAGES.”
A third also commented: “Reading texts that pop up is one thing, but the next step is to immediately tell the parents that those texts are popping up and the next step is to NOT VIOLATE SOMEONE’S PRIVACY BY READING TEXTS GOING BACK AN ENTIRE MONTH.”
And: “Imagine if you had sent “photos” to your husband or private information as in banking details. She had no right to go through your text. I would seriously consider changing your passwords” said a fourth.
With which the woman added: “I did. Consenting adults are allowed to send photos to each other. Just praying she didn’t do anything with those” – something that other Reddit users were concerned about.
With one adding: “My husband and I frequently send sexy texts to each other. If someone read our private texts, I’d be mortified.”