Dad gets $26 invoice after son misses friend’s party

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘No-show’ bill rendered after boy misses party.

LONDON — It was not what Derek Nash expected to find in his 5-year-old’s school bag: A bill demanding a “no-show fee” for another child’s birthday party. The parents of five-year-old Alex Nash were shocked to discover an invoice for nearly $30 after their son missed a classmate’s recent birthday party – the BBC reported. “It was a proper invoice with full official details and even her bank details on it,” explained father Derek Nash, who claims he was told that he would be taken to small claims court after refusing to pay the invoice.A five-year-old boy in England has been billed for skipping out on a birthday party — and his parents have been threatened with court action if they don’t pay up. Nash said the bill from another parent sought 15.95 pounds ($24.00) because his son Alex had not attended the party at a ski center in Plymouth, southwest England. Birthday mom, Julie Lawrence, apparently feels justified in sending the “no show fee” since Alex’s parents had confirmed his attendance through an RSVP.

On the day of the very important birthday party, however, Alex’s parents realized that their son had been “double-booked” and was scheduled to spend time with his grandparents. The ski park where the party was held, Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre, posted a note on Facebook about the incident saying it never sent out any invoices in the matter. “This is a disagreement between the two parents involved and the fact that the centre has been named on the invoice is fraudulent.”

Had Alex’s parents made a real effort to contact the birthday boy’s parents and actually apologize for his absence, it likely would have been the end of it. Not to mention, if some children could not attend the party, it is likely that Lawrence would have extended invitations to other children in their place. It is incredibly frustrating to try to plan the perfect birthday party only to be met with parents who never bother to RSVP and others who do, but then fail to show up or offer an explanation.

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