A Woman’s Mother-In-Law Voluntarily Cleaned the House While the Woman Was Giving Birth, but Then the Mother-In-Law Demanded to Be Paid – Is This Outrageous Behavior?

A woman gave birth to her son and her mother-in-law agreed to feed the couple’s dogs while they were in hospital. When they returned home, she had left a note charging them $25 per hour for cleaning the whole house plus $200 for cleaning supplies. 

She Had Complications with the Birth

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The woman explained the situation, she said, “I gave birth to my beautiful son a week ago. Unfortunately there were some complications, so I was only released yesterday but I am so grateful to be home with our baby boy.”

Her Water Broke at Home

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She added, “When my waters initially broke, my husband and I were at home and I happened to be standing on my bedroom carpet. Cleaning was obviously not the priority, so I threw some towels down and we left for the hospital.”

Her Mother-in-Law Offered to Help

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While they were at hospital for the birth, her mother-in-law offered to feed the couple’s dogs for them and they gratefully accepted her help.

The Mother-in-Law Wanted to Be Paid

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Once they arrived home, they noticed that the mother-in-law left a receipt and a note on the fridge. It said that she had cleaned the bedroom carpet and wanted to be reimbursed. 

She Want $25 per hour plus $200

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She had also cleaned the rest of the house and wanted to be paid $25 per hour plus $200 worth of products. They acknowledged that it was nice of her to clean the carpet and the rest of the house. However, neither of them had asked her to do so. 

They Confronted Her Over Text

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They texted her thank you for looking after the dogs and added, “We are a little upset you took it upon yourself to 1) snoop through the house, as neither of us had told you about the water breaking in the bedroom, 2) go out and buy hundreds of dollars worth of cleaning products, and then 3) charging us for your time and the aforementioned products.”

They Thought She Was Just Helping

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They asked her where the cleaning products were, as she was asking for them to pay for them. They also said, “When we entrusted you with the dogs, we really thought you were helping us out of the good of your heart and not giving you an opportunity to make a quick buck. We are family, and are hurt that you would do something like this while she was so unwell.”

The Family Called Them Ungrateful

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The mother-in-law responded, saying that they are ungrateful and that she did the cleaning out of the kindness of her heart. Their extended family has sent her husband hate and said that she didn’t have to help and did so out of love despite her advanced age. 

Her Husband Wants to Give in

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The woman is upset by the situation but her husband has suggested paying his mother in order to avoid causing disruption in the family so that they can enjoy being new parents. She added, “She sent another text to my husband earlier saying she would be happy to gift us the products but she would still like to be paid for her time given that she dealt with ‘a biohazard’.”

Is She in the Wrong?

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Is she wrong to refuse to pay her mother-in-law? How should she handle the situation?

She Turned to the Internet for Advice

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One user said, “It’s only help if the recipient actually wants it. Otherwise, it’s imposing yourself on them. Charging for it is only doubling down on the problem, because now it’s forcing unwanted commercial services on you.”

Another Person Commented

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“It’s like those guys that start cleaning your windshield and then expect to be paid. I didn’t ask for or want your service. No.”

Someone Gave Their Perspective

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“If she snooped to clean, she would have been able to find where the existing cleaning supplies are kept. I highly doubt they had NO cleaning supplies. Even if MIL somehow couldn’t find them, why didn’t she leave the remainder at their place if she expects them to cover their costs?

Another User Weighed in

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“MIL sounds like a terrible mum. Who thinks up a money earning opportunity while their grandson is being born?! My mom definitely would have snooped but she also would have scrubbed the house from top to bottom for free.”

One person was offended by the mother-in-law’s language. “Giving birth is completely natural and the woman has no control over the bodily fluids which are coming out of her, calling it a ‘bio-hazard’ is just cruel. Shaming a woman who has just had a person come out of her is crazy.”

Someone Shared Their Opinion

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“I am totally in agreement that your MIL was completely out of line in a number of ways, but I also see why your husband wants to just put it behind you. You don’t need the stress of dealing with this unnecessary drama.”

A final person shared a theory. “It sounds like your mother-in-law is jealous of your baby and starting a new family with her son.”

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