If you’ve got kids you know how much of parenting is running them around to different places and organizing their social calendar. I don’t remember birthday parties being as plentiful when I was a kid but it seems like every week an invitation is in their backpack. I do my best to RSVP and I can’t say we’ve ever not showed to a party we agreed to attend but if it did happen would I expect to be billed for it?
This family from the UK, Derek Nash and his partner Tanya Walsh, received an invoice in their son’s backpack after missing a birthday party at Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre that they had originally confirmed he would attend. The dad says it was a last minute change of plans when their daughter was going to visit grandparents and their son decided he too wanted to go instead of attending the birthday party. It happens. A quick phone call or text probably would have been fine but he claims he couldn’t find any contact information.
A couple of weeks later the parents found an invoice in his backpack when he came home from school. It was for almost $30 Canadian for a birthday party no show fee.
Derek Nash claims he would have gladly compensated the other family if they had contacted him but was offended they would put an invoice in his child’s backpack and says he refuses to pay based on principal.
The birthday boy’s mother, Julie Lawrence, says she was out the cost and the family had all her contact info on the invite so there was no reason for them not to call to cancel. She has said she will take them to small claims court if the invoice isn’t paid.
What do you think?