Someone has a little too much time on their hands. A 5-year-old is being fined by his friend’s mother for missing a birthday party in December. It isn’t just the fine that has Alex Nash’s parents upset. It’s the way Julie Lawrence approached recouping the cost. The kid had a legitimate-looking invoice in his backpack for £15.95 (about $24).
“It was a proper invoice with full official details and even her bank details on it,” Nash told the BBC. I guess you have to give the lady props for her insane dedication to recouping $24.
The backstory is that Alex’s parents accepted the invitation for a birthday party at the Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre. They quickly realized he had plans to spend the day with his grandparents, and everyone knows grandma wins in this matchup.
Nash’s parents couldn’t find the contact info for Julie Lawrence, so the kid spent the day with his grandparents. Cue the outsized rage by the other kid’s mom. She told the Guardian, “All details were on the party invite. They had every detail needed to contact me.”
As for the next step? Whatever the British version of Judge Judy is should get these people on the phone. Alex’s parents have been told they will be taken to small claims court if they do not pay. Isn’t small claims court more expensive than $24?
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Derek Nash has refused to pay up, telling the BBC she will “not get a penny out of me. “I can understand that she’s upset about losing money. The money isn’t the issue, it’s the way she went about trying to get the money from me.”