Don't help them more until they agree to pay what they told you. It shouldn't be all on their condition, right?
Though to make you feel better I can share a horror story:
When my mum was younger (I think about 16 or so maybe even younger) she got to babysit a neighbors kid. Thing is... they don't come back when they said they would... and not later either. Since this was before mobile phones and so she couldn't get a hold of them so she had to bring the kid home to her parents. The next day, when the parents got home she could finally get a hold of them. I think it was something about that both of them expected the other parent to get home to take care of the kid. So, there is worse things out there than not getting paid enough
'They are nice people and I'm too nice to say something.'
Then you are out of luck. Either you confront them, or you accept it and live with it. This is the point at which it stops becoming their fault and becomes yours- you see the problem. If you don't want to fix it, then there's nothing that anybody can do.
So if you don't want to say anything, then learn to live with it.
I used to teach riding professionally, and I'd occasionally come up with a situation like this. After some experimentation, unfortunately, I found out that the only way to get treated well is to be willing to be really nasty. But only if they make you.
Here's what you do:
First off, you need to make sure that they understand that you are doing this because THEY ARE NOT PAYING YOU WHAT YOU AGREED ON. They chose not to meet their end of the agreement, so you're going to have to do it for them. Be nice about it, you don't have to use harsh language, but be firm.
1. Present them with a bill 2. Tell them, and in writing, that from now on due to their poor payment history you will only babysit if you are paid before the job. 3. Write up a contract that states your pay rate and when the money is due, as well as how long beforehand they must notify you that they need you. 4. Make a time sheet that both of you must sign logging your hours. With a contract and a time sheet you can legally pursue them for the money. 5. If they say no, walk out and let them find another sitter.
I can understand not wanting to be confrontational about it, but try to be firmer about it. Tell them to either pay you as soon as they get home (with the amount that is agreed about previously), or you might not be able to babysit for them anymore. Or something like that.
Personally, I think you're being treated like a carpet. Just because you're 19, doesn't make you any less of an adult and they should treat you as such. Next time they call you for babysitting, I'd outright refuse until they pay up.
Next time they ask you to babysit tell them you'll only do it if they pay the money they owe you when you get there and to get paid for that night when they get back. If they don't have the money when you get there then leave.
Yeah, you have to tell them that you need the money or you're not babysitting anymore. Calling an hour before they need you in unacceptable too. They can't say they're paying you $15/hr and then not give it to you. Ask for it when they call next time and if they don't have it, don't go to their house. They got enough free labour out of you.
You're 19. Get a real job that will pay you properly? It's a complete waste of time babysitting for those dicks if they're not willing to pay you for your time. Grow some balls and ask for the money they owe you, or you won't babysit for them every again, and might even spread around town that they're cheap fucks.
Steph-neechanGoneFeatured By OwnerDec 1, 2012Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think just adressing them directly would be the best. Also, 15 dollars an hour is a LOT for babysitting XD normal prices are a LOT lower, if they end up giving you actually 15 dollars an hour after talking with them that's very lucky XD