One British mom went viral this week for offering to pay someone $65 an hour to take her kids trick-or-treating on Halloween. The currently unnamed mother of three posted the job listing on childcare.co.uk, an online platform for finding babysitters, nannies, and other childcare professionals, and while many users immediately assumed it was a sign of lazy parenting, her reasoning appears to be a little complicated.
Turns out, it’s not that this mom doesn’t want to take her kids out, or even has to work that night. Rather, her extreme social anxiety makes a whole evening of people running around in scary and sexy costumes too overwhelming. Her ad stated that she was looking for “someone who’s qualified” to take her kids out between 4 and 8 pm on Halloween. The mom even went as far as to ask his person to swing by a bit early and help the kids get ready to go out.
“It would also be useful for the person to come round and help the kids get ready, I hate costumes! So in total, it might take four hours of your time.” It’s unclear if the mother found any takers but $260 for four hours of trick-or-treating sounds like a deal as sweet as the candy those kids are going bag. In fact, when the founder of childcare.co.uk, Richard Conway, saw her post he immediately helped boost it.
“She’s clearly trying to do the best for her children and is more than happy to pay someone to perform this service,” Conway told The Sun. “I got in touch with her to ask how I could help, and promoting this advert seemed like the best way.”