Whenever I read articles about parents who go to the extreme, I normally just roll my eyes.
But this really annoys me:
“Alex Nash, from Cornwall, England, was invited to the party just before Christmas. When he didn’t show up, his parents received an invoice from the party host’s mother Julie Lawrence, for the wasted expense.
Alex’s parents accepted an invitation to the party at a dry ski slope in Plymouth, Devon, just before Christmas, but they soon remembered that their son was double-booked and due to spend time with his grandparents, so they blew off the seemingly inconsequential children’s party.
Alex’s father, Derek, said he was told that he would be taken to the small claims court for refusing to pay the invoice for £15.95 (USD $24.17), which he found in a brown envelope in Alex’s schoolbag last week.”
The fact that UK courts would even entertain a birthday party invitation as a contract is not only silly, but defies reasonable logic. I’m pretty sure that it takes more money to file the small claims court paper work than the cost of the trip!
Birthday parties cost money. That’s just a fact. If you don’t want to assume the cost of no-shows, keep it simple.
Julie Lawrence, the offended and invoice-happy mother in question, has just bought her child a one-way ticket to No-Friendsville.