AKA . . . I paid for your education so you owe me!
I'm 6 of one (very proud) 1/2 dozen of the other (somewhat irritated and probably more stubborn than I should be
DD#2 graduated from beauty school with high honors, took the state-board test and is now a licensed beautician with a full time job at a prestigious salon. Yea!
When she first started school she would practice on me with mani/pedi's and hair cuts (very simple bangs and trim.) She also practiced on her friends with hair color/highlights and styling.
I always paid her the school rate for whatever treatments she gave me saying that I'd rather give you all the money instead of paying the school. Friends paid only for product, not service.
Towards the end of her schooling I started going into the school salon because she needed to have a certain number of customers in order to be checked-off on certain things. Fine. No biggy. The school was 1/2 hour drive, but I did it a few times for her.
So now I am in need of a cut/trim. I asked DD#2 if she would do it for me.
DD#2: Would you please make an appointment at the salon?
Me: Why can't you just do it here?
DD#2: Because I'm new there. The more customers I bring in the better I look to my boss.
Me: But it will only take you like 15 minutes for the trim. How much would it cost at the salon?
Me: And how much of that $XX do you actually receive? (nothing. she works minimum wage or commission whichever is higher +tips.)
DD#2: You know what I get paid. I'm just starting there. I want to make a good impression and bring in as many customers that I can. The salon cut includes the wash (get your head massaged! You know how much you like that!) and blow dry.
Me: Yeah, okay. But that's still an hour driving time (there and back) plus waiting until you're ready to receive me, plus a tip for the wash-person, a tip for you (ha!
) and the salon still makes more money off of me than you do!
DD#2: That makes sense. How about Monday when you get off of work? I still wish you would come into the salon.
What would you do? Am I an SS mom asking for in-home treatments rather than going to the salon?