UK boy, 5, threatened with court action after missing friend's birthday party

Instead of attending his schoolmate's birthday party, five-year-old Alex Nash decided to hang out with his grandparents.

That innocent action, however, has gotten him into trouble.

The British boy has been handed an invoice for a "Child's Party No Show Fee" and threatened with court action by the birthday boy's mother, Julie Lawrence.

Torpoint Nursery and Infant School in England said one of its teachers was asked to pass on an envelope from Ms Lawrence to Alex as he returned from the Christmas break.

Inside the envelope, Alex's father, Derek Nash, found a demand for £15.95 (S$32).

'Money isn't the issue'

The invoice appeared as if it came from Plymouth Ski Slope, the venue of the "slide and ride" party that included three toboggan rides, a hot meal, ice cream, jelly and balloons.

"It was a proper invoice with full official details and even her bank details on it," Mr Nash, 45, told the British press.

Having not yet paid the bill, the family is now threatened with action in the small claims court, which deals with minor civil disputes.

He said: "The money isn’t the issue, it’s the way she went about trying to get the money from me."

Details were on party invite

Ms Lawrence, who issued the invoice, stood by her demand in a statement issued to the press.

"All details were on the party invite. They had every detail needed to contact me," she said.

Mr Nash said he had lost Ms Lawrence’s contact details.

The ski slope manager, Louisa Dugga, said the company does not issue invoices for no-shows, and that its address had been "fraudulently" added to the bill.

"Apart from the fact they had the party here, we have nothing else to do with it."

Source: AFP

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