For the love of all things merciful, I thought I'd heard it all until I read a piece in the Daily Mail this morning about a five-year-old boy who was invoiced by the parents of a play mate, for failing to turn up to his friend's birthday party.
Now, I know that kids' birthday parties can turn even the calmest and most reasonable of parent into something of a stress-head, and I'm well aware that plenty of parents think it's the height of bad manners not to reply to a child's birthday party invitation, but surely sending an invoice to the no-shows is just a step w-a-y too far?!
The Daily Mail reports:
"A five-year-old boy has been invoiced £15.95 - for missing a friend's birthday party.
The host's mother gave the bill to Alex Nash via a teacher after he visited grandparents instead of showing up at a ski centre in Plymouth, Cornwall.
Alex's dumbstruck parents found it in his school bag - and their refusal to pay could now lead to a hearing at a small claims court."
Apparently the parents sent an RSVP to the invitation before Christmas to say their child would attend the birthday party, but then forgot that they'd already arranged for the child to go on a day trip with his grandparents on that same day.
The parents say they had no choice but to fail to turn up since they claim they didn't have contact details for the party-throwing parents, and they planned to apologise in person after the Christmas holidays. Instead, they opened their child's bag after school one day to find that they had been invoiced for the sum of £15.95 in a 'no-show' fee.
Would you ever go to such lengths to claw back your expenses when people fail to turn up to your child's birthday bash? Or do you agree that this is indeed a touch too far?