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Babysitters Share Their Creepiest On-The-Job Moments

List RulesVote up the spine tingling babysitting stories that would make you flee the house in terror.

For many young people, babysitting is an experience of important firsts. It could be the first time they're in charge of children, their first job earning money, or their first step into more adult type responsibilites. For these babysitters, it also heralded the first time they realized just how creepy kids could be. Even just one unsettling experience could leave someone swearing off babysitting for good. 

The brave babysitters of Reddit have shared their most eerie and hair-raising tales of babysitting that could have you seriously rethinking spending time with kids alone. 

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    A Child Gets Rid Of Goldfish For New Pet

    From Redditor /u/thefeelixfossil:

    I was babysitting a really sweet, polite 9-year-old girl. She was telling me about the pets she'd had in the past. Apparently she'd wanted a guinea pig (which she has now), but her mother wouldn't let her get one because she already had a goldfish.

    So she's telling me this and then she leans over to me and goes, "So.... I murdered it.".

    According to her she waited until everyone had gone to bed, then snuck downstairs and repeatedly ran over the goldfish with a toy truck. Put it back in the tank, and upon discovering its death, scuttled off to get her new guinea pig.

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    Sitter Runs Around House Trying To Find Who Is Sobbing

    From Redditor /u/blumpkinunicorn:

    I started babysitting my neighbors a little before I should have. I was 9 years old, I think, and I had just put the 2 girls to bed. I went downstairs and turned on the TV. Almost immediately I heard one of the girls crying, run to the bathroom and slam the door. But this wasn't like them. I went back upstairs and tried to enter the bathroom but the door was locked and the little girl wouldn't respond, just cry. I decided to check on the second sister.

    They share a room with a bunk bed. Both of them were sound asleep.

    But I could still hear the hysterical crying. I ran back downstairs, still hearing the crying. Their parents returned half an hour later and we all went to check the bathroom, still audible crying. But this time the door wasn't locked and the crying quietly faded as we approached. I retired my babysitting career that night.

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    They Stopped A Child From Stabbing His Sisters

    From Redditor /u/KochiraChiRah:

    I was babysitting a couple of siblings: a brother and sister, and the sister had a friend over to play with as well. The two girls were 5, the boy was probably 7 or 8---a little older. I was watching them during the day on a weekend, because their single mom had to go into work.

    When I got to the house, the boy was zoned out watching tv, and the little girls were playing with dolls in another room. The morning went fine, but in the afternoon, as I am making lunch, I hear screams in the backyard. I run back there, and the boy is weilding a seriously sharp kitchen knife---the two little girls have baracaded themselves into one of those plastic play houses and are screaming in terror, and the boy is madly stabbing the knife through the slits in the windows, laughing. As I run over, I am shouting at him to stop, but he keeps stabbing, and I have to tackle him and wrestle the knife away. I ended up getting some cuts on my hands in the process, and the boy was kicking, punching, and biting trying to get out of my grasp.

    I somehow manage to drag him away and throw him in his room, and call his mom at work. She comes home a few hours early, clearly p*ssed that I called her and grumbling about how he obviously wasn't going to hurt the girls. She gave him a good smack, but basically told me I was a bad babysitter. I was not that old myself, only 12--and terrified--so I just nodded and went home without getting paid.

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    Little Brother Hysterical Over Seeing Ghost On Basement Stairs

    From a Redditor:

    I was watching my two little brothers in the basement of my Father's house one day. We were playing TMNT and pretend-fighting crime. All of the sudden, my little brother, 2 at the time, jumped over onto the couch and hid behind me and began crying hysterically.

    I asked him what was wrong and he pointed at the stairs and said "Black ghost." One of the most frightening moments of my life.

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