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Five-Year-Old Boy Gets A BILL In His Backpack… For Missing Classmate's Birthday Party! WHAT?!?

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five year old gets invoice for missed birthday party what the hell

Is this… a joke? This has to be a joke, right? RIGHT?

A family in Plymouth, England got the surprise of a lifetime when their child, Alex Nash, came home from school with a bill in his backpack (above).

The bill was school related, right? Something with school lunches? A field trip, perhaps? NOPE!

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The invoice in the backpack was sent from Alex's classmate's mother because he missed her son's birthday party.


According to Alex's father, Derek Nash, he verbally agreed that his son would be going to the birthday party, not knowing that his kids would be seeing their grandparents that day.

Well, when asked whether he would go to the party or see his grandparents, Alex chose to spend time with family and that's where everything went wrong.

When Alex returned to school, they wanted to make things right, but instead everything got more complicated.

Derek explained:

"My partner looked out for [the friend's mother] to apologise for Alex not showing up to the party, but didn't see her. But on January 15 she looked in Alex's school bag and found a brown envelope. It was an invoice for £15.95 for a child's party no show fee.

I asked Alex's class teacher if [the child's mother] had given anything to her. She said, ‘Yes, a brown envelope'. I then visited Alex's school headteacher, who couldn't apologise enough that one of the teachers had passed this on. She said she would remind all staff that this was a breach of protocol.

I left the school and went to see [the birthday boy's mother] as her address was on the invoice. When she answered the door I told her I had found the invoice in my son's school bag and that I wasn't happy about it. I told her I would not be paying her the money. 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."

It doesn't end there, however!

Alex has said the boy refuses to play with him in class anymore AND the mother of the child has threatened to take them to the "small claims court" if they don't pay her the money in a CRAZY Facebook conversation.

This whole thing is absolutely ridiculous!

What do YOU think about this situation? Are you hoping it's a joke too?!?

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8 comments to “Five-Year-Old Boy Gets A BILL In His Backpack… For Missing Classmate's Birthday Party! WHAT?!?”

  1. deb says – reply to this


    It's called Manners. If you cannot attend a party that you have agreed to go to, you inform those people that you cannot attend. This father is acting like a victim in the media but he's just plain rude. He took his child to see his parents, instead of letting the family know that they were not coming and that family had to pay.

  2. harrison says – reply to this


    This is as ridiculous as it gets. What a retard. I have a feeling she's a stay at home mom with too much time on her hands. Why else would anyone in their right minds ever do this? Hahaha. Dont throw $16 a head birthday parties if you can't afford to eat the cost of a few kids give or take. #embarrassedforher

  3. Supermom says – reply to this


    Birthday parties are expensive and it's nothing worse than a lazy parent who can't take a couple of minutes to RSVP. I really do hope they sue, not because of the money but for the whole principle of the situation.

  4. Emily says – reply to this


    The saddest part of this is that the father decided that the headmaster needed to be notified and the teacher had to get in trouble. Why does everything fall back on the school?

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    Re: deb – I agree with deb, it seems that manners, like geography, are no longer being taught in schools. What does it take, 5 minutes to pick up the phone and say you won't be able to make it after all?

  6. Karen says – reply to this


    Glad to see the comments I've read make a lot of sense. I can see why a bill was sent. I would also understand the same for no-shows at a wedding, but only if the invitation had been previously accepted.

  7. Jaclyn says – reply to this


    And I bet everyone in favor of this is a stay at home mother. Get a job and get a life!

  8. kim says – reply to this


    I think that was going to far so the child chose seeing his grandparents over a birthday party I think to send a bill home was completely over board pretty sure her child has missed parties an did she get a bill probably not I think family is important an anytime a child has with family is important suck it up lady