A 5-year-old boy in England is getting a very early taste of adulthood.
Alex Nash missed a friend's birthday party in December and decided to spend the day with his grandparents instead. A month later he came home from school with a brown envelope in his backpack containing an invoice for a $24 "Party No-Show Fee."
Derek, Alex's dad, says he meant to apologize to the Lawrence family when he realized Alex was going to miss the party but he didn't have their contact information. After Alex came home with that bill, he told the BBC he had other words for the parents.
"So I knocked on her door. She answered it and I told her I'd found the invoice in my son's bag and I wasn't happy about that and because I was so angry about that I assured her she wasn't going to get a penny out of me."
The mothers also got involved in the matter. The Telegraph published what it says is a Facebook conversation between Alex's mother Tanya Walsh and the birthday boy's mom Julie Lawrence.
Tanya reached out to Julie to settle the matter, saying "I was very shocked to see the invoice in Alex's school bag. I did not realise that you had to pay for each child, as you never mentioned anything about money when we spoke. If I had known that I would have to pay if Alex did not go, then I would have paid you the money, no problem. I do not like fighting with people, and would prefer to settle this amicably."
Julie responded, "I don't like fighting with people either, and was not best impressed when Derek turned up on my doorstep, and said you won't get any money out of me, rather rudely, I do admit it rattled me. This is not the first time Alex has not turned up to a party that he has been invited to, either. the amicable way round this I believe would be to pay me the money and let a lesson be learnt, I hope this is agreeable?"
Tanya didn't agree, and now Julie is threatening to take legal action. We hope the family's can settle this feud soon because the Plymouth Herald reports Alex's friends are no longer playing with him.
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