‘My teenage daughter got a job – I want to charge her for lifts home after work’

Source: Mumsnet

Firstly, I just want to say that I’m happy to give Dear daughter 19 regular lifts to uni, friends etc, as she doesn’t drive, and in her previous job whilst she was still at College, I’d pick her up from work three times a week from the City centre about 11pm.

As you can imagine, it’s not nice to be in the town especially at weekends when there’s the possibility of trouble, as there’s loads of drinking going on obviously.

Dear daughter had said before that she’d look for another job with more suitable hours as she knew I didn’t really want to go into the town late at night and I didn’t like the thought of her waiting outside her place of work for a taxi, and not keen on her getting Ubers.

Long story short, she’s found another job she loves, but, again it’s in the town centre and this time she finishes even later, just after midnight. Dear daughter’s already asking if I can pick her up, but is happy to get an Uber if not.

Now, I don’t want to sit at home worrying again if she’s ok getting home, but also I don’t relish the thought of regular lifts from town so late at night. I’m also a bit put out by the cost of petrol when, if she’d got a job where she could get a bus then it’d save me the money. Am I Being Unreasonable to think sod it, she can pay half of what a taxi would cost if she wants me to pick her up so late (after all it was her choice to go for this job), or should I suck it up and fetch her for free as I’m concerned about her getting home any other way? What are your opinions? Please don’t be afraid to criticize.

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