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« Reply #75 on: January 20, 2015, 10:40:23 am »

Dad gets $26 invoice after son misses friend's party

A dad in the UK was issued a 'no-show' invoice after his son did not make it to a classmate's birthday party. Are parents on the hook for the cost if there is a cancellation for a child's birthday party?

A dad who gave an oral RSVP to a mom for a birthday party for her 5-year-old has made international headlines after he found himself on the receiving end of a "no-show" invoice from the birthday boy's mom.

This appears to be one of those polarizing parental moments that spark emotional conversations on social media over everything from etiquette to common sense and the high cost modern parents pay – fiscally and emotionally – when a child's party goes from being a celebration to an expensive event.

Derek Nash and his partner, who live in Torpoint, near Plymouth, England were sent an invoice for $26 (£15.95) last week, according to a report published in the Plymouth Herald newspaper.
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Mr. Nash, a delivery driver, told the newspaper that he, “thought it was a joke.”
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Over the Christmas holidays, Nash’s son Alex was invited to a classmate’s birthday party at the Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre, and when Mr. Nash was asked by the birthday boy’s mom if his son would be attending, he confirmed.

However, dad later realized that he’d already made a plan for the same date when Alex and the family were to spend the day with his grandparents. Grandparents trump ski party for this child and so dad needed to call and cancel.

However, as happens all too often to many parents, Nash didn’t have the phone number or email address for the other parent to let her know his son would not be there. He told the Plymouth Herald that his partner tried to locate the mom to get her the word Alex would not be attending, but to no avail.

Rather than take the absence of Alex in stride, the other parent took Nash’s affirmative RSVP as an oral contract and sent a printed invoice to Nash via the child’s school teacher at Torpoint Nursery and Infant School.

On January 15, Nash’s partner looked in Alex’s school bag and found a brown envelope containing the invoice.

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