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    Illegal to babysit your friend's child for free in Michigan

    MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A West Michigan woman says the state is threatening her with fines and possibly jail time for babysitting her neighbors' children.

    Lisa Snyder of Middleville says her neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of her home. It arrives after her neighbors need to be at work, so she watches three of their children for 15-40 minutes until the bus comes.

    The Department of Human Services received a complaint that Snyder was operating an illegal child care home. DHS contacted Snyder and told her to get licensed, stop watching her neighbors' kids, or face the consequences.

    "It's ridiculous." says Snyder. "We are friends helping friends!" She added that she accepts no money for babysitting.
    http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_stor...4016&catid=14#

    They were on one of the morning news programs this morning. Lisa Snyder said that she was told by DHS that, if her daughter's friend comes over to play every afternoon but the mother is home, that's allowed. But if the mother goes out for any reason, then it is "unlicensed day care".

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    Ridiculous

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    Who the hell made the complaint? Seriously. Whoever that was is nothing but a busy-body with no common sense
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    Apparently, a municipality in England has the same 'head-in-butt' affliction:

    Two women who work part-time for the same company have been told that they cannot care for each other’s child unless they register as childminders and undergo Ofsted inspections.

    The women, who wish to remain anonymous, gave birth to girls at similar times. They set up a job share, with both working half a week in the same post. They are also close friends, so when one was at work the other cared for both children.

    Ofsted, however, has put an end to the arrangement. It said that, according to legislation, caring for another person’s child “for reward” was classed as childminding. This means that both mothers will have to register with Ofsted and follow the same regulations as normal childminders. The financial “reward” they receive is free care for their daughters.
    http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/l...cle6850342.ece


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    It's only illegal because the state isn't profiting from it. Pisses me off.

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    With all of the things that the State could be doing to make the citizens safer, that is not one of them.

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    How stupid.

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    ugh.
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    first the woman buying cold meds, now this... wth are we coming to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bga View Post
    first the woman buying cold meds, now this... wth are we coming to?
    No kidding. And some Americans have the nerve to say that Europeans live in "nanny states."

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