Parents invoiced for boy failing to show at friend's birthday party

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A boy in Cornwall recently discovered an invoice in his schoolbag billing his parents for missing a friend's birthday party. 5 year old Alex Nash decided at the last minute on the day of the party to spend time with his grandparents before Christmas instead of heading to the party as planned.

The boy's parents, Derek and Tanya Nash, were horrified to find that they were being asked to pay £15.95 to cover their son Alex's costs for a birthday party he had not attended. Julie Lawrence, parent of the birthday child, then slipped the invoice into Alex' bag at school and it was uncovered in pure disbelief.

The invoice includes a description that reads "Childs Party No Show Fee" alongside a Quantity of 1, Unit Price of £15.95 and a Net Price of £15.95. Mr Nash confronted Ms Lawrence over the invoice saying "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. The money isn't the issue, it's the way she went about trying to get the money from me. She didn't treat me like a human being, she treated me like a child and that I should do what she says.

Mr Nash confirmed that Alex had agreed that he would be attending the party in advance. They had not informed Ms Lawrence that he wouldn't make as the family had no contact details for her after misplacing the invitation letter. Nash continued "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 with her about the cost of Alex not showing up, but I just can't believe the way she has gone about it."

The birthday party was held at the Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre in Plymouth where partygoers enjoyed tobogganing, sledding and snow tubing. Tanya Nash and Ms Lawrence have been messaging back and forth on Facebook over the issue and the pair have both been trying to explain their side of the story.

On Facebook, Ms Lawrence responded to Ms Nash's wish to settle the matter amicably by saying "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 is clearly not happy and has even threatened the Nash family that she will take them to the small claims court if the invoice is not paid in full.

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