Laura, a young woman offering tutoring lessons in English to children in her neighborhood, faces backlash from a mom who spreads lies about her in a mom’s WhatsApp group, causing Laura to question how she handled the situation.
She Agreed to Teach Him
A few years ago, a young woman named Laura started offering tutoring lessons in English to children in her neighborhood to earn some extra cash. One of the neighborhood moms, Clara, asked her to tutor her son, who was falling behind in class. Laura agreed to tutor him in English, and Clara agreed to her price per hour.
She Was Confused
However, when Clara’s son arrived for the first lesson, he told Laura that she was going to tutor him in maths and sciences. Laura was confused and texted Clara to come talk to her, but Clara wouldn’t answer. The kid had to go home without receiving any tutoring, and Laura told him that she wouldn’t charge him for the time he stayed but needed to speak to his mom as soon as possible.
She Was Fuming
Later that day, Clara arrived at Laura’s apartment fuming because she hadn’t tutored her son. Laura explained that she was an English tutor and had no intention of tutoring anyone outside of that subject. Clara was angry and demanded that Laura cater to her needs, but Laura stood her ground and told her to find a proper tutor for her son.
She Spoke Badly
Fast forward to this year, Laura started offering tutoring lessons again, but she noticed that the kids from her neighborhood wouldn’t ask her for lessons. She found out from her nail tech, Gabi, that there was a moms WhatsApp group, and Clara had started talking badly about Laura as soon as someone had mentioned that she was offering tutoring lessons again.
She Spread Lies
Clara was spreading lies about Laura, saying that she refused to tutor her son and that she secretly hated single moms. Laura couldn’t believe it until Gabi showed her the texts. Laura asked Gabi to add her to the group, and she immediately sent screenshots of her conversation with Clara and explained her side of the story.
She Was Kicked Out
After that, Laura put down her phone and focused on getting her nails done. When she looked at the chat again, she had been kicked out, and Clara was frantically trying to pin the blame on her, saying that the texts were fake and that Laura was trying to destroy her family.
Some moms sided with Clara and sent Laura scalding texts about her being an awful person, while others apologized for believing Clara and asked if she was still available for tutoring lessons.
She Wants an Apology
Laura’s mom told her that even if she was angry and what Clara did was wrong, she shouldn’t have exposed her like that in the group chat. She said that Laura should have texted Clara privately and had her apologize to her directly.
Straight to the Internet
Laura was left feeling hurt by the situation overall, so decided to head to a popular internet forum for advice.
The Internet Responded
One person writes, “She asked you to do a job you weren’t qualified to do. Would she have got similarly upset with her gynaecologist if they had refused to take her tonsils out? She tried to ruin your reputation in a public forum, it’s only reasonable that you take the same route when trying to restore it.”
Another Person Responded
A second person writes, “You’re not a tutor in the subjects she wanted her child to be tutored in. That doesn’t give her the right to bad mouth you to other people who would potentially use your service. You’re protecting your tutoring business by outing her as a bad customer and she apparently can’t handle being exposed as a such.”
A Final Comment
A third person comments, “She doesn’t get to make such PUBLIC claims about you hating single mothers and then not get called out PUBLICLY. You were not the one that made the situation public so that people would side with you. She did. In order to communicate the issue you had to use that GC because that’s the resource she used to badmouth you. It’s fair when she does it, but not when you do it? You had to deal with the issue like that because you saw no other option. And that’s how those people work: they get to slander somebody publicly but they can never deal with the same energy getting thrown at them in the same way.”
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