Admittedly, I am paranoid about leaving my children with other people. I think this is because we could never afford daycare in Brooklyn, so my almost 3-year-old has never been watched by anyone but close friends and family. This will be changing soon, but the spat between an Arizona mother and the woman who runs the daycare her child attended makes me think it may be hard to find a daycare we can trust.
Maggie Jones brought her two children to a daycare run by a woman named Carmella Sul. After a couple weeks, her 5-year-old began complaining that he wasn’t getting enough food while in her care. Jones asked Sul about the food situation, reminding her that food was supposed to be included in the price of the daycare. Soon after this discussion, both her kids were kicked out of daycare.
Jones did what so many do these days when they are disgruntled, she took to the Internet to complain about Sul. Sul saw the Craigslist post, and posted one of her own in retaliation – a picture of Jones’ 2-year-old son that said, “Beware of this kid. He bites.”
Um, no. Sorry lady. When you run a business, you open yourself up to people complaining about that business. Have you ever heard of Yelp? I know it’s annoying and totally subjective, but people have a right to complain about services they pay for. Most people that see these complaints understand that they are subjective and take them with a grain of salt. But posting a photo of someone’s child on the Internet to ward off other daycare providers? That is crazy. Seeing something like that would make me stay far, far away from that woman and her daycare. She’s doing more damage to herself and her reputation than any negative review could do.
Her crazy didn’t end there. After she posted the ad, she sent a text to Jones saying, “Your kid is a dog and he keeps biting.” Not surprisingly, Sul has had run-ins with other parents. After another mother took to the Internet to complain, Sul sent her a text that said, “I hope you die and your kid.”
The Suls are even operating without a license, because in the state of Arizona you don’t need a license to provide daycare to children if you are watching no more than four at a time. Dateline NBC was observing the center to cover this story and several times saw anywhere from 10 to 22 children at the facility.
Bottom line – check to see if your daycare provider has a license or complaints filed against them. A pattern of online complaints would be an indication that you don’t want your chid going near a certain provider. Google is your friend.