When 5-Year-Old Boy Misses Friend’s Birthday Party, His Parents Get an Invoice They Never Expected

When five-year-old Alex Nash was invited to a schoolmate’s birthday party at a local ski center, he was excited to attend. His father let the classmate’s mom know he’d attend. But on the morning of the party, his mother realized he was “double booked,” and he missed the party.

Now Alex’s parents have been invoiced by the birthday boy’s mom, Julie Lawrence, for failing to attend:

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Alex’s mom, Tanya Walsh, tells The Mirror:

“Julie Lawrence and I weren’t friends, we didn’t talk to each other at school, but I felt bad about Alex not going to the party.”

“I searched for the party invite afterwards and I’m not sure we even had one.”

The party guests enjoyed “three toboggan runs, a snow-tube ride and a hot birthday meal with ice cream or jelly during the Christmas holidays.”

Lawrence confirmed Alex’s attendance with his dad Derek Nash, two days before the party, according to a Facebook chat between the parents obtained by The Mirror. The ski center required the final number of guests 48 hours before the party.

Nash sympathizes with Lawrence’s plight but not her methods:

“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.

“I told her she should have spoken to me first and not put the invoice in my son’s school bag.

“I would have sympathised with her about the cost of Alex not showing up, but I just can’t believe the way she has gone around it.”

Lawrence states that her contact information was on the invitation and they should have let her know Alex was choosing to spend the day with his grandparents instead of attending the party.

She claims Alex has no-showed other parties before and that “the amicable way round this I believe would be to pay me the money and let a lesson be learnt.”

The boys’ friendship has been a casualty of the dispute. According to Alex’s parents, the two children no longer play together at school.

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