‘No-show’ bill rendered after boy misses 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 backpack: A bill demanding a “no-show fee” for another child’s birthday party. 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.

The 5-year-old schoolboy from Torpoint in Cornwall, England, was invited to a friend’s celebration on Dec. 20 at the Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre in Devon.Alex Nash of Torpoint in southwest England was set to attend the party at a dry ski slope just before Christmas, but backed out when his parents remembered that he was supposed to spend the day with his grandparents.

Alex Nash recently came home with a £15.95 invoice ($24) in his school bag for not attending a party that took place at a ski park shortly before Christmas. That’s when the trouble started – Nash told the Plymouth Herald that they had no way of contacting the birthday boy’s mother, Jennifer Lawrence, to tell her that Alex would not be attending the party. Then, on Jan. 15, after classes resumed, Alex returned home from school with an invoice for a £15.95 ($24.13) “Child’s Party No-Show Fee” from Lawrence. I told her she should have spoken to me first and not put the invoice in my son’s school bag,” he told The Telegraph. “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.” Lawrence has said almost nothing publicly about the affair. Lawrence told the BBC that she had provided her phone number on the party invites she had sent home. “They had every detail needed to contact me,” she said.

Clive Coleman said it is “all but impossible” for Lawrence to recoup the costs in court, writing that “a child’s party invitation would not create legal relations with either the child ‘guest’ or its parents.” The invoice also led to a row in the great virtual schoolyard of social media, with Lawrence and Walsh facing off against each other on Facebook. I do not like fighting with people, and would prefer to settle this amicably.” Lawrence: “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 out of me, rather rudely. I do admit it rattled me.” Perhaps what is even more depressing than adults going at it over such a small amount of money is that, according to British media, Lawrence’s son is no longer allowed to play with Alex at school.

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