5-year-old billed after missing a friend’s birthday party

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PLYMOUTH, England — No one likes getting bills, but one bill has a family completely shocked.

Alex Nash, 5, was invited to a friend’s birthday party at a ski and snowboarding facility, according to the Plymouth Herald.

Alex’s parents responded to the invitation and indicated Alex would attend the party.

Alex’s parents later realized they already had other plans for that day and he did not attend the party. The boy’s father said he did not have contact information for the birthday boy’s mother to let her know Alex had changed his mind and would no longer be attending the party.

Several days later, Alex came home from school with an invoice from the birthday boy’s mother for a $24 “child’s party no show fee.”

Alex’s parents initially thought the bill was a joke. However, the birthday boy’s mother apparently threatened to take them to small claims court.

Alex’s parents are trying to resolve the situation via Facebook. The birthday boy’s parents have not commented publicly.

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11 comments

  • therese L

    Well if he ends up paying for it I would say well then u better deliver some cake and ice cream along with a goodie bag and. If it was at a special place my gift card to go there.

  • Style Jett

    Wow. .. since when do you charge guests to come to your child’s birthday party? Was there a clause in the invite indicating such charges and notice of a cancellation fee? If not, I would not pay a thing. And small claims court?

    • MomOfMany

      Because she asked him in person when she ran into him at the school. He said yes then. IF she gave him an invitation at that time, he didn’t hold onto it since he already told her he would go. He had no contact info to tell her he wouldn’t be able to go. The Bill shows on it that it was “verbal”. (I’ve read on several other news articles.)

  • Julia Anne

    Sad as it may be that’s alot of money to pay out for a child that was suppose to be there and just didn’t show up because the parents decided to do something else. I know as a parent I get tired of people saying their child will be there and doesn’t show up or call to cancel. No matter what you have to plan and pay for them because as far as you know the child will be there. Times are tight and people need to realize not everyone has the money to just throw it away. I as a parent also never throw away contact numbers for a party my child is supposed to attend!! No winners here!

    • Jim

      As a parent, Don’t plan parties that you can not afford to cover the entire cost. Inviting someone to join in a festivity should not place burdens or a sense of guilt on the one being invited. If it is something that requires reservation/fees, then that should be plainly stated if confirmation of attendance and/or cancelation is needed. It may seem like a lot work, but it is the burden of the one giving the party, not attendees. Planning a more simple party resolves all this.

    • Laurrie

      Oops, if this mother throwing the party, she should have put in BOLD statement: if you can’t make it you will get charged for a no show. But it’s sad that she is charging people for a NO-SHOW FEE!!
      If there is no contact info to call on invites then it’s NOT the attendees fault, it’s the parent who threw this party. If I were the parents of the 5yr old, I wouldn’t pay. And then tell the mother throwing the party where to stick that bill. Is she that desperate for money to charge the 5yr old and his parents???

  • Rita Ribs

    While I understand the parent having the party must have laid out a stack of $$$$ for the party, based on how many had said they were coming, I have only heard of this kind of foolishness in brides/grooms backing out at last minute and having fees in anticipation of the beloveds participation. Whats next? Charging invitees to wedding for not showing? How about invitees charging couples who fail to get hitched after invitees get room, rent gowns and tuxedos? But for a childs party? If the parents could not afford a no show, perhaps they should reconsider their budgets for a 5 yo b-day party? And just for the record, the man could have stopped by the facility he was PLANNING on taking his son to when he said the boy would attend and asking they forward his decline of the invite! Just saying, he could come off a bit cleaner in this argument by having made a better attempt at cancelling! But still, billing for his childs no show? Poor behavior for all! Except the kids! What if he had said no, then attended?

  • Derek

    I’m on the fence on this one. While it seems in bad taste to send a bill to a “no show” guest, I think it is also bad taste to say “yes, I’ll be there” and not show up. This isn’t like it was just a party at someone’s house where the only thing the host would be out would be extra cake and ice cream for the rest of the guests. The host had to let the facility know how many people were coming and were charged as such. Get 3-4 people that say yes I’ll be there and not show up can rack up a lot of dough. I don’t buy the excuse that they didn’t have contact information for the host. That’s a cop out. On the other hand, if the invitation didn’t say that no shows would be charged – that sounds like that’s a mistake on their part and should eat the $24. Lesson’s learned… if you’re going to charge no shows, put that on your invite – and if you RSVP for something that’s going to cost someone money and is free to you, have some manners and show up.