Party invoice: Boy sent bill for birthday no-show

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘No-show’ bill rendered after boy misses 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.

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. Birthday mom, Julie Lawrence, apparently feels justified in sending the “no show fee” since Alex’s parents had confirmed his attendance through an RSVP. Nash said the bill from another parent sought $24.00 (15.95 pounds) because his son Alex had not attended the party at a ski center in Plymouth, a city southwest England.

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. Alex’s parents, Derek Nash and Tanya Walsh, told him he could either choose to attend the party or continue with the family’s visit to his grandparents’ home. 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.

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. 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. One mother actually emailed me on her way to the party, alerting me to the fact that her daughter would indeed be attending, along with her two sons (and also both parents).

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