I found this on my most recent trip to the UK. I’m not sure if this was a joke, but the humor escapes me. John Boone has details on what could happen if your child misses a friend’s birthday party.
After Alex Nash missed a classmate’s birthday at the Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre for a last minute outing with his grandparents, his parents — Derek Nash and Tanya Walsh — found an envelope with an invoice for £15.95 (about $25) in Alex’s backpack.
The mother of the birthday boy and party host, Julie Lawrence, had one of Alex’s teachers put it in there — the school has since apologized for getting involved — and, when Alex’s parents thought it was a joke, Julie clarified that she planned to take them to small claims court if they didn’t pay their bill in full.
Alex’s father went to birthday boy’s mother.
Derek went to the address listed on the invoice and, “When [Julie] 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,” Derek told The Plymouth Herald. “I told her I would not be paying her…I would have sympathized with her about the cost of Alex not showing up, but I just can’t believe the way she has gone around it.”
Birthday boy’s mother, Julie Lawrence.
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…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?
Good grief, people.