Parents! Don't Let Your Kids Be A No-Show- Cancel Or Be Charged?

By Expert Contributor Katie Kovaleski

 Image via: telegraph.co.uk

Image via: telegraph.co.uk

We featured a story recently about scaling things back and keeping it simple when it comes to parenting and specifically when it comes to things like children’s birthday parties.

Parenting.com featured a story this week about a 5-year-old child who was a no show at a friend’s birthday party and received some interesting mail afterwards in the form of an INVOICE.

The parent’s of the child (Alex) who was invoiced claim they had inadvertently double booked their son and he went to spend the weekend with his grandparents and was unable to attend the party.

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Image via: valencialaserblast.com

That following week he brought home a letter in his backpack with an invoice asking for $24.17. Apparently the letter also stated that failure to pay would result in a suit in small claims court.

Needless to say, Alex’s parents are not planning on paying the invoice and are not concerned with the party invitation holding up as a contract in a court of law.

While etiquette dictates at least a phone call to cancel, this takes things to whole new level. So parents, don’t forget to cancel if you can’t make it!