Girl Ninja and I got the hook up this week as we were asked to house sit/nanny for one of the families I tutor. They have two daughters (10th grade and 5th grade) and a FILTHY AWESOME house in a super nice part of San Diego. They asked us a while back if we would take care of the house and girls this week while the parents are getting crunk in Palm Desert on vacation. Ummm, you want to pay me to eat your food, watch your TV, and sleep in your ridiculously comfortable bed? YES PLEASE!
We’ll be house sitting for a total of five days (Monday through Friday). It’s seriously been so easy. Aside from a few minor chores, we really don’t have many responsibilities. Consider this house sitting job, heaven!
When I arrived to the house on Monday, there was a thank you card sitting on the dining room table. I opened it and was shocked by it’s contents. $740. $100 on a Starbucks gift card (for the girls), $100 for ‘random expenses’, $40 to me for one hour of tutoring, and $500 to me and Girl Ninja as compensation for the week.
Are you freakin’ kidding me? Five hundred dollars for staying in your awesome home and eating your amazing food. The work seriously does not warrant the compensation. This may not be my first time sucking at accepting generosity, but I seriously feel weird about keeping all $500.
Girl Ninja and I have already decided we definitely wont be touching the $100 for ‘random expenses’ and I’ll tutor for free so they can keep that $40. The $100 to Starbucks is on a gift card so we’ll take the girls to coffee every day, and leave the remaining balance with their mom. But that still leaves the $500 check. If it were cash, I’d just sneakily leave $150 of it in the envelope and only pocket $350. Unfortunately, I don’t really have that option.
I’m left with two choices: 1) feel horrible that they paid us $500 for about $200 worth of work (maybe they felt like they had to pay this much?), or 2) leave the check with them and a note that says “Thank you so much for your generosity, but there is no way we can in good conscience accept this check. It’s really nice, but about double what we feel our time was worth.”
Normally, I’d just write off this uneasy feeling, but Girl Ninja actually feels the same way I do. I really think this might be a situation where we should at least attempt to partially refund them. Have you ever felt waaaaaay overcompensated? How do you politely say “Look, there is no way I’m worth $500, gimme $300 and we’ll both feel better :)”? Is this another situation where I need to shut up, quit complaining, and cash the check without a second thought? Why am I so drama!?