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So remember Ms Pattie, the teacher Klara loves? I asked her to babysit on Saturday because N and I want to celebrate our 10-Year anniversary. 

When I asked her how much she charges, she told me that the daycare pays her $10 per hour. Of course, I’m not going to pay her $10 because it’s exploitative and immoral.  

And please don’t think that she’s new at the daycare, and that’s why her pay is so ridiculous. Ms Pattie has worked in childcare for 30 years and at this particular place for 6. And she’s fantastic. 

I’m very outraged. 


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6 thoughts on “Exploitation

  1. Stringer Bell on said:

    Wtf. Why is daycare so expensive when they pay their staff so little?

    What’s also immoral is this:

    Illinois charges the same childcare costs as California, but pays its workers Illinois wages.


    • Stringer Bell on said:

      This childcare business is a racket. For a rich country like the US it is a shame that subsidized childcare isn’t a thing. $1000+ a month is more than mortgage for decent sized houses in many states.


    • Yes, we pay a lot. We definitely pay more than enough to give better wages to the workers.


  2. Fie upon this quiet life on said:

    We pay students 10 an hour to watch our kids. I figure 10 an hour for a student is a lot of money. For an adult, it’s barely worth doing anything.

    We had a woman watch our kids in CA that charged $20 per hour, but when the kids went to bed, she cleaned our house. It was never so sparkling as when she cleaned it. God, I miss her!

    Also — Happy anniversary!! 🙂


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