Our friend Hillary has two adorable children. Recently, she decided to start looking around for another babysitter to add to the mix, just in case their usual sitter was booked. Hillary typically pays her sitter $15/hour – pretty standard for the Los Angeles neighborhood she lives in. Through an ad on Craig’s List, she met Candice, a new babysitter who had just moved to the area from a small town in Utah. Hillary loved Candice, and told her she wanted to hire her to sit on ‘date nights’. So far, so good!
Candice then volunteered the information that she was new to L.A. and was not sure of the LA going rate, but back in Utah she charged $10 an hour. Seizing a ‘get it for less’ moment, Hillary offered Candice $12 an hour. She figured that it was a win-win because Candice would be making more than she was used to, and she would be paying less for a sitter than she had in years! Once Hillary’s friends started hearing about her new ‘cheap’ childcare, some wanted her number, while others were horrified that Hillary was taking advantage of an innocent newcomer.
Was Hillary acting cheap by taking advantage of Candice’s lack of knowledge of the LA market? Or was it a fair negotiation and up to Candice to say she wanted more money? What do you think?| Print