If you’re charged for missing a doctor’s appointment, that makes sense. But how about a birthday party?
An English 5-year-old’s parents claim they have been threatened with court action if they do not respond to an invoice they received after the boy missed his friend’s birthday.
The invoice includes a “no-show fee” of £15.95, or about $24.24, according to the Plymouth Herald.
The boy’s father, Derek Nash, said he and his partner thought the invoice, placed in the boy’s backpack at lunch, was a joke.
Nash initially confirmed the boy’s presence at the party, but later forgot and sent the boy, Alex, and his sister, Lily, on a day trip with their grandparents.
Nash said the envelope containing the invoice was passed on by another teacher. He went to the mother and told her he was not going to pay the fee.
That’s when she threatened Nash with a small claims court case.
Since the meeting, Alex told Nash the children will no longer play with him.
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