Mom bills child for missing her son’s birthday party

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Boy, 5, invoiced for missing birthday party.

A UK woman is trying to fine a five-year-old boy $24 for missing her son’s birthday party — and she’s threatening to sue if he doesn’t fork over the cash, his parents said. “I thought it was a joke to begin with.LONDON (AP) – 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.When Alex Nash failed to attend his classmate’s sixth birthday party at the Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre, his friend’s mother, Julie Lawrence, was not amused.

The parents of a five-year-old schoolboy have been invoiced for failing to attend a school friend’s birthday party and have been threatened with legal action if they do not pay. Derek Nash, from Torpoint, Cornwall, discovered an invoice for £15.95 had been put into son Alex’s schoolbag after he was a “no show” at the ski centre party.

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. I would have sympathized with her about the cost of Alex not showing up, but I just can’t believe the way she has gone around it.” The birthday boy’s unashamed mother slipped a brown envelope containing a “Child Party No-Show Fee” invoice into the child’s book bag last week, according to Nash and his girlfriend Tanya.

Lawrence claims that Alex’s failure to attend her child’s birthday party has left her out of pocket, and that his parents had her details to tell her that their son would not be attending. Ms Lawrence was unavailable for comment last night and it was unclear whether she knew that to register her demand for £15.95 with the small-claims court, she will have to pay an administration fee of at least £25. His mother told Apex News, “Julie Lawrence and I weren’t friends, we didn’t talk to each other at school, but I felt bad about Alex not going to the party.” She added: “But to be invoiced like this is so over the top – I’ve never heard of anything like it. It’s a terrible way of handling it – it’s very condescending.” “It was a proper invoice with full official details and even her bank details on it.” He added: “I can understand that she’s upset about losing money.

I don’t know why you are out for our blood and slandering us.” “I’ve told you the reasons why Alex didn’t go,” she continued, adding that the “only reason Alex did not attend the party was because his nan and grandad were going away for Christmas and the only day the kids could go see them was on the same day as the party.” The online conversation, which was obtained by the Plymouth Herald, also validates Nash’s claims that the woman now wants to take the couple to court because they refuse to pay her $24. “Just so you know, small claims court cost [$90] just to start a claim,” Tanya wrote to the mom. “Also I’m not paying for something we didn’t use.” Ms Lawrence has insisted her contact details were on the invitation and the couple should have notified her that Alex wouldn’t be attending, but Mr Nash said that by the day of the party they didn’t know where the invitation was. She said she would remind all staff that this was a breach of protocol.” Nash added, “I drive all around the South West for my job and I have talked to quite a few people about this. But what makes a person have an invoice like that put in a child’s schoolbag?” Ms Nash tried to make peace, contacting Ms Lawrence via Facebook to say: “I would prefer to settle this amicably.” Ms Lawrence responded: “I don’t like fighting with people either, and was not best impressed when Derek turned up on my doorstep, and said, ‘you won’t get any money’ rather rudely.

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