The owner of a nursery in Lancashire has criticised parents who fail to pay for their children's nursery fees whilst splashing out on other expensive luxuries.
Jessica Webber took to Facebook and wrote:
If you see this as unprofessional, then so be it, but I'm fairly livid after going through today's outstanding debts at nursery! Therefore, until you have paid up and/or if you are unable to afford the fees, in order for us to pay the wages for the people to look after your children and pay for the food to feed your children and the toys for them to play with etc, maybe consider prioritising. Holidays, new cars, new outfits, hair/nail extensions, tattoos, nights out etc are luxuries, not essentials, to all of us. Housing, utilities, food, and if you choose to use a nursery, child care fees, are necessities. Please remember this. We are not a charity. We are a small business with large overheads and merely ask for prompt payment for the services we provide and you receive. Jessica
Inevitably the post provoked a strong reaction on social media and was quickly picked up by various news and media outlets. To those who suggested that a private letter to the non-paying individuals in question might be more appropriate, the nursery owner wrote:
Believe me. All tried. I wouldn't have posted anything at all if it wasn't a last resort and my customers and staff know me well enough to know this. Unfortunately, people need to face the facts that not everyone puts the care of their children as a priority and that in reality, there's just a minority of people who are egocentric individuals who think the world owes them!
I'm not usually one to argue in favour of using social media to air a grievance but in this case I can't help but feel some sympathy for the nursery owner. And if, as she says, all other avenues have been explored then why shouldn't she make the matter public as a last resort?
As someone who runs a small business I know only too well the stress that can be caused by late payment of invoices, so to translate that to a nursery setting where the 'work' in question is looking after the children of people who choose not to pay their dues, well I don't blame the nursery owner for losing her cool.
I can understand the argument which says that it's not the nursery owner's place to tell parents how to prioritise their spending but if she's the one out of pocket because of their financial recklessness, why shouldn't she take issue with that?
And yes, there is always a case to be made for keeping personal conflicts and annoyances off social media - no matter how valid your point, telling the world about it on Facebook tends to come across as passive aggressive which can rather weaken your argument, in my view - but I absolutely see why the nursery owner let her fingers do the talking on this occasion. Why put up and shut up as her business goes bust while those that owe her book holidays and facials?
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