Child invoiced for not attending a party

child money In 'Cameron's Britain' news now, and a five-year-old boy has been invoiced for not going to a friend's birthday party, which has resulted in legal action. Honestly.

Alex Nash, from Cornwall, got an invite to a party just before Christmas and didn't end up going. The schoolfriend's mum - Julie Lawrence - said that the no-show left her out of pocket, so she sent a bill for £15.95 to compensate her.

Alex's father Derek is understandably flummoxed by the whole thing, and has been told that he'll be taken to the small claims court if he doesn't pay up. And this is all because the Nash family decided that their child should spend some time with his grandparents instead of doing to a dry ski slope in Plymouth.

Alex's parents said they had no contact information for Ms Lawrence and, more importantly, why on Earth would you invoice a child to sort this out, instead of being an adult and telling someone that you'd like a tenner off them or something, because the party was more expensive than you could afford?

The news was broken to the family when they found the invoice in a brown envelope in Alex's schoolbag last week.

invoice for childs birthday party

Derek Nash told the Beeb: "It was a proper invoice with full official details and even her bank details on it. I can understand that she's upset about losing money. 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."

Ms Lawrence isn't having any of that though and... get this... in a statement, she said: "All details were on the party invite. They had every detail needed to contact me."

Astonishing. You can only hope this is some kind of situationist prank or something. That'd still be annoying, but at least it wouldn't be quite as bad as someone invoicing a toddler who probably drew all over the invite and ate it and forgot to tell his mum and dad about a party on a ski slope and ended up round his nanas for a plate of custard creams and a pint of Ribena.


  • bill
    If you're going invite friends to a party then make sure you can afford it first...obviously. She could also have asked for payment in advance. I don't see why she thinks it'd be worth the fallout and repercussions for such a silly amount of money. This mother clearly has too much time on her hands and needs to get a life.
  • bill
    Tbh they should pay it to get her out of their life, and then steer clear of her in future. Shes a loon and now everybody knows it. That's plenty of karma in itself.
  • Han S.
    Derek Nash stated and I quote "Alex was double booked with his Grandparents", double booked? A two year old? They all sound like twats to me
  • Sue
    Honestly though, it's bad manners to just not show up. Assuming they'd accepted the invite for her to include this lad, they should have told them he couldn't go, and they could have invited another child. I don't believe there were no contact details, but just assuming there weren't, they could call the venue and ask them to pass on a message to the hosts when they found they couldn't go, that's what decent people would do. I think she's just making a point.
  • Wtf
    This is why I hate when my daughter gets invited to birthday party...they expect you to pay for your child to go to thier childs birthday party and then they expect you to buy the kid a present. Double whammy u end up spending 30 for your child to attend and 50 or more on a present. If you can't afford to have a party for your child and your guest then don't. Also if u said u were going to go then go or don't confirm. Parents go out of their way to make sure thier a spot and enough food for your child being there plain and simple. It's not that hard to call and cancel.
  • Captain W.
    £50 or more on a present .... are you serious? Unless you meant 50p, which is fair enough, we always had to make do with satsumas
  • Jessie J.
    @Sue Its also bad manners to invite a load of kids to a party that they have to pay for. Fuck off, this is the real world.
  • Simon
    Both sets of parents need to grow up - losers
  • COPY I.
    She got an invite... was there an RSVP on the invite? If not then it was JUST an invite! So she she owes them nothing simple!
  • Father J.
    "has been told that he’ll be taken to the small claims court if he doesn’t pay up" If this was me I'd tell the stupid bitch to bring it on. I would love to see her try and prove that there was a contract between her and Mr Nash. The magistrate would tell her to fuck off for her £15.95 and stick her for the court costs too.
  • Jack M.
    She got an invite… was there an RSVP on the invite? If not then it was JUST an invite! So she owes them nothing simple!
  • dvdgremlin
    It would help if you gave the facts first. Mr Nash said that he had confirmed Alex would attend the 'slide and ride' party before Christmas at the Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre. Costing £15.95 a head, it would have included half an hour on a snow tubing run, three toboggan rides, a hot meal, ice cream, jelly and balloons. This verbal confirmation from Mr. Nash was immediately before the lady had to pay for his son (and the others) to go 48 hours in advance. The father had even said that his son was really looking forward to going. Also the son was given an envelope by his teacher which contained the invoice. He was simply passing it to his father. So the father is rude and ignorant. I would simply have had words with the father and said that his son wouldn't be invited in future.
  • Father J.
    "So the father is rude and ignorant. I would simply have had words with the father and said that his son wouldn’t be invited in future" Sending someone an invoice under such circumstances is the mark of a complete loon, and she deserved to be treated as such.
  • Paula f.
    Since when do children have to pay to go to another children's party?

What do you think?

Your comment