Derek Nash and Tanya Walsh were shocked when they found an invoice in their son’s backpack for missing a classmate’s birthday party. After their story went viral, the mother who charged 5-year-old Alex’s parents for their son skipping out on the party told Walsh that she was trying to teach them a lesson.
Alex had been invited to a birthday party for his classmate, the son of Julie Lawrence, before Christmas break. After expressing interest in attending, Alex’s parents confirmed that their son would be there. They soon realized, however, that they’d already made plans for their children to spend the day with their grandparents. Alex was given the choice of whether or not he wanted to go to the party, and ultimately decided to visit his grandparents.
When he returned from break earlier this month, a teacher passed along an envelope from Lawrence that contained an invoice for a “child no show fee.” The party took place at a Ski Center, and Lawrence reportedly paid per child for the party. Nash and Walsh were outraged by Lawrence’s actions.
A Facebook conversation between Walsh and Lawrence found Walsh initially confronting the woman over the £15.95 [$24.14] bill in a respectful manner.
“I was very shocked to see the invoice in Alex's school bag. I did not realise that you had to pay for each child, as you never mentioned anything about money when we spoke....,” Walsh wrote. “I apologise for not letting you know, but I did not have a phone number or an e-mail for you to let you know the situation (I also didn't know your first name, or I would have looked you up). If I had known that I would have to pay if Alex did not go, then I would have paid you the money, no problem. I do not like fighting with people, and would prefer to settle this amicably."
Lawrence replied, defending her actions.
“I didn't mention the money when we spoke because it was a child's party, it doesn't matter if you have to pay per person or for a group if people agree to going,” she said. “I confirmed that with all parents on the Thursday before the party that they were going as I had to pay that day, and Derek told me Alex was looking forward to it and would see us there, to me that is confirmation. This is not the first time Alex has not turned up to a party that he has been invited to, either. The amicable way round this I believe would be to pay me the money and let a lesson be learnt, I hope this is agreeable ?"
Lawrence explained that the invoice was sent to reimburse her for the price of the snow tubing, skiing and lunch.
Walsh, not pleased with Lawrence’s accusations against her son and the way she responded, fired back.
“Alex was very excited to go to the party. I didn't know until the day about his nan and grandad, and he decided he would rather spend the day with them. Like I said before I didn't have your number to let you know," she said. "And exactly what lesson would I be learning. I am not a child, so please do not speak to me like I am one. So, to answer your question, unfortunately no. This is not agreeable."
Do you think Lawrence was right to charge Nash’s parents for missing the birthday party?
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