5-Year-Old Billed for Missing Friend’s Birthday Party

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PLYMOUTH, England — No one likes getting bills, but one bill has a family completely shocked.

Alex Nash, 5, was invited to a friend’s birthday party at a ski and snowboarding facility, according to the Plymouth Herald.

Alex’s parents responded to the invitation and indicated Alex would attend the party.

Alex’s parents later realized they already had other plans for that day and he did not attend the party. The boy’s father said he did not have contact information for the birthday boy’s mother to let her know Alex had changed his mind and would no longer be attending the party.

Several days later, Alex came home from school with an invoice from the birthday boy’s mother for a $24 “child’s party no show fee.”

Alex’s parents initially thought the bill was a joke. However, the birthday boy’s mother apparently threatened to take them to small claims court.

Alex’s parents are trying to resolve the situation via Facebook. The birthday boy’s parents have not commented publicly.

7 comments

  • Lora Van Ryswyk

    Evidently the party giver isn’t able to pretend Alex was there. I can see where that would be frustrating, but I can’t see how she could expect Alex’s parents to pay it. She’s not out any additional money. But it does demonstrate the need to hang onto the RSVP phone number in case you need to cancel.

    • Qbert

      Clearly the host of this party had to pay for each child that RSVP’d, I don’t think it’s that outlandish they’d want to recoup their losses for a kid who’s parents were too irresponsible to follow up on an RSVP. It’s not the host’s fault that the kid’s parents were too lazy to dig up a phone number.

  • Justice

    I thought I had heard everything…Now I know I have. The parents of the birthday boy should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Sarah Ennis

    What I found to be the most unsettling part about this was that the letter was delivered to a teacher and passed on via the boys school bag. What if this wasn’t just a simple invoice? In the world we live in we need to keep our children safe and delivering letters from an adult to a child and doing so at a school is inappropriate. The children at my sons School aren’t even allowed to hand out birthday invites at school anymore.

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