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    This sounds like it belongs in the "am I being unreasonable" forum on mumsnet, but since I'm not a Mum, I'm going to ask the opinion of NSC instead:

    Last night my daughter was performing in a show which started at 7.30pm. Consequently, we booked a babysitter through Sitters (we pay a quarterly subscription of 15 quid or something I think) from 7pm until 10pm. The babysitter took the booking, and phoned us at 6 to confirm it.

    At 6.30pm it became obvious she was going to be late (M25 closure) so Sitters phoned us to let us know. I asked them to keep us informed with her progress getting to our house. At 6.50pm I took my wife and son to the performance and came back with my youngest, waiting for the babysitter to arrive.

    She eventually turned up at 8.10pm, 1 hour ten mins late. Not ideal but I was able to get to the performance in time to see my daughter do her turn, went for a drink afterwards on a lovely summer's evening, and got back at 10.10pm.

    Two hours baby sitting to be paid you'd think? Apparently not, according to the babysitter, who was insistent on the minimum THREE hours money, despite the fact that she had turned up 70 minutes late! I paid it as I really didn't want to create a scene, but it left a bitter taste in the mouth.

    Anyway, I have since phone Sitters, the agency, to suggest this wasn't really on. I thought they might waive the next quarter's retainer, but NO, they are going to get the hour in the form of a cheque from the babysitter!

    What are your opinions on this?
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      Should have put the kids to bed and made her stay for an extra hour with you and the wife. teach her a lesson.

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      Whatever your Terms & Conditions with the agency state. Do baby-sitters normally commute round the M25? Personally I'd have gone for something more local, like a friend or neighbour's teenage daughter who would doubtless be glad of a bit of extra spending money.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hark, Preston Park View Post
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      Whatever your Terms & Conditions with the agency state. Do baby-sitters normally commute round the M25? Personally I'd have gone for something more local, like a friend or neighbour's teenage daughter who would doubtless be glad of a bit of extra spending money.
      I knew someone would say this.

      It was only because our usual local babysitter was unavailable that we ended up using this.
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      Whatever your Terms & Conditions with the agency state.
      Here is the pertinent piece:

      6. In the event that a Childcarer is booked and for reasons beyond the agency's control the Childcarer cancels at short notice or fails to arrive at the appointed time the agency will use its best endeavours to find another Childcarer for the Client. In the event that it is not possible to refill the booking no booking fee will be charged and a refund of a proportion of the Client's membership or an extension of their membership will be offered.
      We got a call half an hour before the booking. No "best endeavours" were made.
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      We got a call half an hour before the booking. No "best endeavours" were made.
      Ouch!

      Sounds like one agency too many in your life. Happy to take the middleman's cut while the going is good, but the minute it's not, they don't want to know.
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      I'm suprised you'd use an agency in the first place tbh. Try and get yourselves 3 or 4 babysitters or family members as back up then in the event anyone cancels late on there's back up options..!

      Sounds to me like you'd both end up being a bit bitter - her for wasting time stuck in traffic and you for paying an hour of nothing - let alone the hassle you had to go through ferrying your family there and then coming back! It's the sort of thing the agency should subsidise IMO - and why they've sent someone who has to go on the M25 for 3 hours work is beyond me - although I don't know your location obviously....
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      What's the hourly rate? Also, aren't you getting your hour back so isn't that fair. Yes you were right to complain and it seems you're getting your money back so not sure what the ongoing problem is.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hark, Preston Park View Post
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      Ouch!

      Sounds like one agency too many in your life. Happy to take the middleman's cut while the going is good, but the minute it's not, they don't want to know.
      Exactly what I told them on the phone.
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      Was the babysitter fit Simster ?
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