There is nothing worse than planning a party. First you have to make sure that you’ve got enough food for everyone, because running out is not an option. In order to do that, you have to have a system to figure out how many people show up, because if you play it by ear, you’re going to have a bad time. That means dealing with pesky RSVPs, and that means dealing with no-shows. It’s frustrating, to be sure, but is it something worth going to court over? Apparently so. Five-year-old Alex Nash got an invoice from irate mother Julie Lawrence for fees related to missing a birthday party. Alex, from Cornwall in England, received a full invoice for £15.95 ($24.14) after his mother Tanya Walsh failed to RSVP with Alex not attending.
“It was an invoice for a ‘child no-show’ fee for the party… and it was a proper invoice with full official details, even her bank details, and e-mail address, and name,” said Derek Nash, father of Alex. “Because I was so angry, I said she wasn’t going to get a penny out of me,” added Nash, after confronting Julie Lawrence at her home over the bill.
Now, the whole thing may end up in small claims court, as these unpaid bills often due. Of course, it’s not every day we get to bill someone for not showing up to our event, even if someone paid for them in advance. I’d imagine there are quite a few people who’d like to send me bills for missed parties or weddings or other events that I said I would show up to; fortunately, none of them had the idea to take me to court over it.
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