Child invoiced for not attending a party
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.
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.