Here’s proof the wrong RSVP can lead to drama, drama, drama with a side of rapid circulation.
Imagine the shock on Derek Nash and his partner’s faces when their five-year-old son, Alex, returned home from school one day with a bill for missing his friend’s birthday party.
Nash says the pair, who hail from Torpoint in England, found the $24 “no show fee” invoice in the boy's backpack and “thought it was a joke.”
Only it wasn’t. And now the parents who threw the birthday party, which was held at a ski and snowboard slope, are threatening to sue the Nash family if they don’t ante up the cash.
Five-year-old boy gets a bill for missing school friend's birthday party http://t.co/oMOxACLEbJ pic.twitter.com/kBcK8w7iWo— Plymouth Herald (@PlymouthHerald) January 19, 2015
Five-year-old boy gets a bill for missing school friend's birthday party http://t.co/oMOxACLEbJ pic.twitter.com/kBcK8w7iWo
Nash explains his son was invited to the soiree just before the holidays. At the time, he told Alex’s friend’s mother that he would be in attendance. He didn’t realize until later on that he had already made plans for Alex and his sister, Lily, to spend time with their grandparents that same day.
“By this time we did not have a contact number, email or an address to let [the boy’s mother] know,” Nash explained. “So on the day of the party we asked Alex what he wanted to do; he chose to be with his grandparents.”
When school started up after Christmas break, Nash claims his partner sought out the mother to apologize for Alex’s absence to no avail.
“But on January 15 she looked in Alex’s school bag and found a brown envelope. It was an invoice for £15.95 for a child’s party no show fee,” he says.
Alex’s teacher admitted she had been handed a brown envelope from the upset mother, and put it into his backpack to bring home. The school has since apologized for the teacher passing on the package.
VOTE: Should parents of five-year-old boy 'invoiced' for missing pal's birthday party pay up? http://t.co/S9iZ3NDugP pic.twitter.com/Ud8w0BkMTk— Plymouth Herald (@PlymouthHerald) January 19, 2015
VOTE: Should parents of five-year-old boy 'invoiced' for missing pal's birthday party pay up? http://t.co/S9iZ3NDugP pic.twitter.com/Ud8w0BkMTk
Nash then went to the woman’s house and told her he would not be paying the fee, to which she replied she would take him to small claims court.
Following their encounter, Alex’s mom and Nash’s partner, Tanya Walsh, reached out to the birthday boy’s mother, Julie Lawrence, on Facebook.
“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,” she wrote in a Facebook message via British newspaper 'Plymouth Herald.'
Lawrence responded, “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.”
The bickering continued and birthday gate has since not been settled.
Unfortunately, the saddest part of it all lands on Alex — who says his pal will no longer play with him at school.
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