A 5-year-old British boy, Alex Nash, returned from school with an invoice for $24.00 in his backpack – the cost of missing his friend Derek’s birthday party. He spent the day with his grandparents instead. Derek’s mother, Julie Lawrence, said that Alex’s no-show cost her money and that his parents had her contact details and should have informed her he was not coming.
After the issue went viral a long back and forth between the mothers on Facebook was revealed. Here are some excerpts…
Alex’s Mom, Tanya Walsh writes:
“I was very shocked to see the invoice in Alex’s school bag. I did not realise that you had to pay for each child, as you never mentioned anything about money when we spoke….
“I apologise for not letting you know, but I did not have a phone number or an e-mail for you to let you know the situation (I also didn’t know your first name, or I would have looked you up).
“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.”
The schoolfriends mother, Julie Lawrence, responds:
“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.
“I confirmed that with all parents on the Thursday before the party that they were going as I had to pay that day, and Derek told me Alex was looking forward to it and would see us there, to me that is confirmation.
“My phone number was on the invitation that was sent out to Alex…
“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 ?”
Here’s a copy of the invoice…
Would you pay the invoice?