I hate these moral dilemmas. ><

Have any of you ever felt like you’ve been paid too much for a really simple job? I’ve been given the job of mowing my grandma’s lawn since my brother Mike’s still at college, and I’ve been getting $10 each time. Normally, I wouldn’t think much of it, but I’m only doing a 30-minute job at most, and it’s my GRANDMA. I feel like I should be doing it for free, or at most minimum wage. But she just insists on paying me every time.

Anyone got any suggestions about what I should do?

Have you tried asking her for the money in two $5 bills, and then just donating half of it to charity, or something like that?

<img src=“http://www.rpgclassics.com/staff/tenchimaru/td.gif”> Take the money and keep it. A lot of old people want to make their grandchildren happy, and “giving money” is one of the easier ways to do that.

You could talk to your grandma about it. With me, I don’t accept the money unless I feel I did a good job, and if I don’t, then I won’t take it. Do what you please.

Also, a lawn service would charge $50 to $100 anyways.

and grandparents generally like a reason to give money to their grandchildren.

I know, it’s just that… I just feel wrong taking so much money from my grandmother. mean, I have enough money, I don’t need to be paid so much. I feel like I’m almost stealing it.

$10 isnt really much money, if it really bothers you, talk to your grandmother about it. Im sure she’ll understand the situation better than we random online people do.

If it bothers you that much you could always ask to do extra chores for free… that way, you get the feeling of having earnt the $10, and your grandma gets more chores done, so everyone’s a winner :slight_smile:

Yeah, 10 dollars isnt that much…how often do you mow her lawn anyways?Just kindly tell her that you dont need it, and doing something that helps her (your GMa) is reward enough.And give her a big hug:cool:

Get over it. Exploiting others is a part of life. I get paid 15 an hour to sit there and do alg 2 and really simple chem hw for hs students, 8 an hour to do chemical inventory (ie type shit in excel) , 25 an hour to show people how DNA-RNA-Protein works. Woo. That and I might get 300 bucks a quarter next year to do my tutor coordination.

Not when it’s your family, though. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, either say you’ll do it for free or do more work.

I know the feeling you’re describing, but I didn’t do much work for money for my family. Pull weeds or edge along pathways or something like that if it makes you feel better. I don’t think you’ll convince your grandma to pay you less, and she’ll probably feel funny if you give money back to her after that’s what she’s given you. Grandmas are funny like that sometimes.

I used to do little tasks like that for my grandma too. She wanted to pay me every time even though I insisted on doing it for free. It made her feel happy. Just like your grandma, I suppose. There’s no problem with accepting her money.

Originally posted by Valkyrie Esker
I know, it’s just that… I just feel wrong taking so much money from my grandmother. mean, I have enough money, I don’t need to be paid so much. I feel like I’m almost stealing it.

She obviously wants you to have the money, or else she wouldn’t give you the money. It would be stealing if it was unwilling, which it certainly is not. You have to take these factors into account:

  1. You are her grandchild, and therefore she probably gives you “gift” money each time.

  2. It is something that she probably has difficulty doing herself, and so you add some money to that.

  3. Everyone else would charge her more, and so you’re doing it at a much fairer price.

  4. I’m assuming that you do a good job.

On the flip side of the coin- looking at Ezboarder’s comment. If Valkyrie Esker feels that its stealing, she might not feel that its right to steal from someone and give to charity. :stuck_out_tongue:

If it bothers you too much, then yes, talk to her about it. If you don’t want to go straight up to her and talk about it, maybe just look embarassed next time you get money and maybe she’ll get the hint. :stuck_out_tongue:

Talking to her about it seems more the general idea, it seems. If she insists on paying you that much still, say you’ll only take it if you do more, like double n’shit, the work

old people who dont have huge prescription costs usually have money “out the wazoo”, if you catch my drift

Hey just be luckily you have your grandma, all my grandparents, ‘kicked the bucket’ when I was really young.

PS: I was not trying to get a sympathy vote there, just telling it like it is

Yeah I know. My Grandma’s the only parent of my parents that’s still alive.

And thanks for the suggestions, guys. I know what I’m gonna de now.

It’s a grandparent, it’s something that grandparents do. Or at least that’s the impression I’ve been given from others.