Guys, tell me one thing- why do we work? Why do we wake up, get ready, and head to the office? Of course, so that we can live a better life and provide everything to our loved ones that they deserve. And when we work so hard, we deserve paid time off, right? Sure we do.

If you are a resident of America, you might know how rare paid time off is. That’s because the USA has no national requirement for paid holidays.

Apparently, the USA is pretty rich. Its the only country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This organization comprises 36 of the world’s wealthiest nations that don’t require employers to give workers annual paid leave.




It means around 22% of people living in America are without paid holidays and 23% are without paid vacation. So you see, getting paid leave in the USA is a huge deal.

I am discussing America’s holiday policy because a 25-year-old childless worker and the author of this post on r/AITA was asked by her 41-year-old colleague with kids to share her accumulated vacation days. Can you guess what the author said? Well, she was not ready.

“She wants me to give her 6 of my days. Her justification is that I’m childless and don’t need that many days,” the author explained.

“No one is obligated to do it if they don’t want to or aren’t ready,” the three women who created “Childfree Girls Podcast,” told us. They added, “we would be genuinely surprised how many people have no idea that they can choose not to become parents.”

The Childfree Girls explained: “People say ‘have a child’ cavalierly, as if it isn’t the monumental job parents will often tell you it is, but it is the most personally impactful decision an individual can make, permanently affecting not only the parents’ lives but the life or lives those parents create.”

In the midst of the pandemic, companies were more eager to reward employees with children.

Laszlo Bock, Google’s former head of human resources, said that “for people to get upset enough to say that ‘I feel this is unfair’ demonstrates a lack of patience, a lack of empathy and a sense of entitlement.”

And this is what people had to say about this whole situation

It turns out that both parties, employees with kids and without, are unhappy

“In the times of the pandemic, when everyone’s working from home, people without children are picking up a much heavier paid workload,” showed a Bloomberg report.

It seems like both parts are equally unhappy, so what can be done about it?

What are your thoughts on this incident? Do you think it’s correct for parents to ask childless people to give off their paid vacation days? And call them selfish if they are refused? Share some thoughts in the comments. We would love to know your views.