This email comes from a once-upon-a-time Babysitter named Jamie:
"I'm no longer a Babysitter but here's a story from when I was. I was Babysitting for a family in the city who were pretty well off. Nice apartment, nice cars, nice clothes. The first time I Babysat for them, the Mom said to me "we don't have much in the house, but feel free to eat what you find for dinner." I looked in the cabinets and there was n-o-t-h-i-n-g to eat. I came after the kids ate so I'm not sure what they ate for dinner. I couldn't afford to order in so I just waited hours until they came home so that I could go home to eat. They never left money for me to get anything but it would have been nice to be surprised with that once in awhile."
Jamie, I feel your pain and have been in your situation. It's nice to get $10 to order in dinner while you watch their kids. The Mom didn't have to say what she said because that was a kick in the gut. Parents, treat your Sitter right.