fun-loving, happy-go-lucky, never on time, home-schooled family that I have known for over a decade, is moving the dad's mom to their neighborhood from neighboring city.
Their kids, all teens, were asked to round up some of their friends for a pre-move clean-out last Saturday.
They were told, "$10/hour, about 5 hours."
Instead of moving, DS painted (had to borrow a paint shirt) and DD cleaned out a filthy fridge to trade out for another fridge going to g-ma's house. She and another girl had to take out the shelves and hose them off in the backyard- it was very dirty. Think, not quite bad enough of a mess for Hoarders, but getting there. Seriously, we have been over there before, and you do NOT want to stay too long, or eat there. The kids sleep on bare mattresses wherever there is room on the floor.
btw-there were only two couches and one fridge to move, and a few empty shelves to assemble in the new house. Nothing else was ready.
After seven hours, I went over to pick up the kids. I knew from lunch time texts (lunch was ordered in-yeah!) that they were needed longer than originally planned, but figured two more hours was enough.
Well, the dad hemmed and hawed, but did pay the "$50, as arranged, but you really owe me a full day's work." to each child.
And he requested that both kids work Thursday, arriving at 7am, being driven 60-90 minutes to g-ma's mobile home in neighboring city, and coming back to unload into the new house.
DD begged off, and a good thing since she is coughing and snuffly today. DS said that he needed to be back by 5pm so he could teach karate at 6pm. No problem!
ok, end bg.
Well, is it now almost 6pm, and they are STILL in city 60-90 minutes away. DS texted me an hour ago to say so, and the karate place will be ok without him. But...
I am pretty sure the dad will still only pay $50.
The dad warned a girl that was driving herself, "I may pay for gas, but not drive time." He also told the non-driving teens, "I am not paying for your time to sit in the truck."
I told DS this morning, as he packed his bag of gatorade and granola bars, that he should look at this as a service project, more than a job. He nodded.
We knew what we were getting in to.
Even though we knew all of this going in, if DS is only paid $50 as we suspect, should I say anything? And if so, how and what?
(btw- I home schooled for a while, and DD's best friend is home schooled. This family can NOT get things done- has a junior in HS who is still in -pre-algebra when she needs three years of different levels math to graduate (not one year stretched into three), has dropped any dance or sport classes b/c cannot keep a steady attendance, could not meet testing deadlines for a part-time private school or any standardized testing, etc... they kind of give the name to Hippy Home schoolers. Yes, they are sweet. But they have never done any favors for us...)
In fact, some of you may remember the girl that brought over a breakfast treat just before lunch for DD this summer, and then would. not. leave. so we had to re-arrange our movie and lunch plans? Yup, that is this family.
Ok, back to my question--
I guess DS gets what he gets, and count it as service instead of a job. And never never "work" for this family again!!!