Received Saturday, June 27, 2009
I have a slight problem. I've taken care of two boys for two years now. The family is lovely and we all get along well. However, one thing has been bothering me for awhile. I pick up the youngest boy (8 years old) from school and bring him back to the house using public transport. The parents do not give me subway/bus tickets for him and expect him to slip through the turnstile with me. All children over the age of 4 are supposed to have a ticket and are eligible for a reduced fare. The older boy, who comes home alone, has a subway pass. The little boy uses tickets when he goes to school in the morning with his father. I can't understand why there is that inconsistency! They aren't billionaires but they don't seem to have any money problems. I'm sure if I was ever stopped and fined for him not having a ticket they'd reimburse me, but that's not the point. I don't like that we are breaking the rules and I think it's irresponsible and not a good example to do this with my charge. But can I demand that the parents give him tickets? Is that my place? Maybe it isn't a big deal and I should just ask but I don't want to seem accusatory.