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Dad gets 'no-show' bill after son, 5, misses birthday party

Published:Tuesday | January 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM


It was not what Derek Nash expected to find in his five-year-old's school bag: A bill demanding a 'no-show fee' for another child's birthday party.

Nash said the bill from another parent sought £15.95 (US$24) because his son Alex had not attended the party at a ski centre in Plymouth, southwest England.

Nash said he had initially accepted the party invitation, but later realised Alex was supposed to visit his grandparents that day. He said he did not have contact details to let the other family know.

The birthday boy's mother, Julie Lawrence, said that her contact details were on the party invitation.

Nash says Lawrence has threatened him with small claims court but he has no plans so far to pay.