A five-year-old boy was given an invoice and charged £15.95 [$24.16] for missing his friend’s birthday party.
Derek Nash, father of five-year-old Alex, said that his son was invited just before Christmas break to a classmate’s birthday party at a Ski Slope and Snowboard Center. Alex told his parents that he wanted to go, so they confirmed with the parents of the classmate that he would be there.
“She saw me and asked if Alex was coming to the party. At this time I agreed and said that Alex was looking forward to it,” Nash said.
Nash later realized that he had already made plans for Alex and his sister, Lily, to spend the day with their grandparents. “By this time we did not have a contact number, email or an address to let [the boy’s mother] know,” he said. On the day of the party, Nash asked his son if he still wanted to go to the party. The boy ultimately decided to spend the day with his grandparents instead, and missed the party.
On Jan. 6th, Alex returned to school. The Nash family attempted to apologize to the classmate’s mother for their son missing the party, but they weren’t able to find her after school. “My partner looked out for [the friend’s mother] to apologise [sic] for Alex not showing up to the party, but didn’t see her,” Nash said. “But on January 15 she looked in Alex’s school bag and found a brown envelope. It was an invoice for £15.95 [$24.16] for a child’s party no show fee.” Nash said that the mother gave a teacher the envelope, and it was subsequently passed on to Alex.
After receiving the shocking invoice, Nash tracked the mother down at her home and confront her.
“I left the school and went to see [the birthday boy’s mother] as her address was on the invoice,” he said. “When she answered the door I told her I had found the invoice in my son’s school bag and that I wasn’t happy about it. I told her I would not be paying her the money. I told her she should have spoken to me first and not put the invoice in my son’s school bag. I would have sympathised [sic] with her about the cost of Alex not showing up, but I just can’t believe the way she has gone around it.”
Alex told his parents that the classmate won’t play with him anymore since he missed the party.
The mother allegedly threatened to take Nash and his family to small claims court over the incident.
Nash said that he’s stunned by the situation his family is in. “I drive all around the South West for my job and I have talked to quite a few people about this,” he said. “They’re all quite incredulous that this has happened.
“I thought it was a joke to begin with. I am lost for words.”
Source: Plymouth Herald / Photo Credit: plymouthherald.co.uk, WikiCommons