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A five-year-old was billed for failing to attend a friend's birthday party - resulting in threats of legal action.

Alex Nash, from Cornwall, was invited to the party just before Christmas.

An invoice for £15.95 was sent by his schoolfriend's mother Julie Lawrence, who said Alex's non-attendance left her out of pocket and his parents had her details to tell her he was not going.

Alex's father Derek said he had been told he would be taken to the small claims court for refusing to pay.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-30876360
Has anyone throwing a kids party never had a child or children RSVP that they're coming and then not showing up? She would have had to pay for the kid if he went, so she's going to have to just suck it up. Now should the parents of the no show kid found a way to contact her? Absolutely. Send a note, call another parent, whatever. There are ways to get in touch with people. Now if they're decent folks, they should send the gift that their child would have brought if had gone. Then everyone is even and none of the "adults" should be butt hurt over it.
 

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Claim that parents lost money because somebody didn't show up is absolutely ridiculous! They still would have to pay ... right? Or there is an alternative reality in which parents throw a birthday party to make money ...
 

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Claim that parents lost money because somebody didn't show up is absolutely ridiculous! They still would have to pay ... right? Or there is an alternative reality in which parents throw a birthday party to make money ...
You never know in the UK.
I can't imagine precious will have many RSVP's next year!
 

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LG, most likely parents were pissed that they went all out to make the most spectacular party ... THE party everybody will talk about and remember years later ... yet, somebody opted to take their kid to grandparents instead :rolleyes:
 

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I'm sure attendance at this kids birthday party next year will be stellar... :rolleyes:
Actually kid that skipped the party is getting the backlash ... classmates are no longer speaking to him because he skipped the party. Both parents went on to argue on the FB but kid is paying the price for it! BTW, £15.95 is roughly $25 ... isn't it a bit too expensive of a party for 5 year old kids?

I have to say exchange between mothers is priceless ... may be it's a UK thing :rolleyes: ... I would not even acknowledged BS invoice or snotty messages! Although I might've slapped the invoice mother for "let a lesson be learnt" part :mad:

Facebook exchange from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...no-show-fee-Parents-Facebook-row-in-full.html :

Hi Julie. This is Alex's mum. I don't know what has happened between you and my partner, Derek. 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. The only reason Alex did not attend the party was because his nan and grandad were going away for christmas and the only day the kids could go see them was on the same day as the party. I did not know this. On the day Alex decided that he wanted to spend time with his nan and grandad. 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.
Julie Lawrence
Hi Tanya, 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, 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. My phone number was on the invitation that was sent out to Alex. 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. 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? Julie
Tanya Walsh
Hi Julie, whose party is Alex supposed to have gone to? I did speak to another mum about a party but she never got back to me with details, other than that I don't recall any other confirmed invites. The only reason Derek was angry was because of the fact that the envelope was put into Alex's school bag, when it has nothing to do with the school. He spoke to the headteacher about and she said that it's against school policy to do that kind of thing. Birthday invites are fine, but not personal items. Like I said before, no money was mentioned when we spoke, and I feel it would be inappropriate to pay you the money, when I don't know what it's actually paying for. 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. 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.
Julie Lawrence
You are paying for 1 x child's party at the ski slope including snow tubing and tobogganing and lunch, to with you said Alex was attending on the Thursday
Tanya Walsh
Just so you know, small claims court cost £60 just to start a claim. Also I'm not paying for something we didn't use.
Julie Lawrence
It doesn't cost that much
Tanya Walsh
It does. Also I don't think the school are very happy with you involving them in this either. I don't know why you are out for our blood and slandering us. I've told you the reasons why Alex didn't go. I also told you why I couldn't call. You also don't seem to understand that I never ran away from you. I didn't hear you calling after me. I have to get to my daughter at carbeile. So if they let Alex out last then I have to rush a bit because evie, my 2 year old, walks slow. So maybe that's why you thought I was rushing off. I had no reason to run to run away from you. So please do not state things as truth when you do not have all the facts. Maybe if you actually spoke to me rather than making your own mind up about what happened then none of this would be happening right now. If you had come up to us the first day back and explained about the money, then I could have explained about alex, then maybe we could have sorted something out. Instead you send an invoice.
 

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At least we pray none of us would. I'm sorry, but as the old saying goes, SHIT HAPPENS! When you plan something like this, even if there is confirmation, there is ALWAYS the chance a kid may not show for whatever reason. To actually BILL the parents, especially a small amount like this is childish and petty. SUCK IT JULIE!
 
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