I’ve seen this new commercial a lot lately for Trident Layers. It features a girl who is babysitting and the parents come home and ask her if they can pay her with gum. Yes, chewing gum. She agrees and the kids decide they want gum for their allowance and the chimney sweep guy or maybe Santa (I think that’s what he is – or just the creepy guy in the fireplace) wants to be paid in gum. I laugh. A lot.
When I was about 12 and just beginning my babysitting career (it was for my neighbors and my parents lived next door), one time the mom came home and gave me a dollar and a handful of colorful gumballs. If she had asked, I would have said, “Hell no! You can’t pay me with gum!” I wasn’t asked. I was just handed about $2 worth of gumballs.
So, laugh if you want at this commercial but some people have the audacity to abuse their young babysitters and take advantage of them.