Friday, January 23, 2015

Sorry you couldn't make it to the party. Here is your bill.

We have all been there. Your kid comes home with an invitation to his classmate's party. Everyone is excited and you happily RSVP. Then something comes up. Maybe it's a family emergency or maybe you just plain forgot. Now imagine that the following week your kid comes home from school and you find an invoice in his backpack from the parent of the kid's party you missed and they are charging you a no-show fee.

How would you react?

This actually happened to a family in England. When 5-year old Alex RSVP'd and then did not show up to a classmate's party due to a family event. His parents were not happy about it. The whole incident has now escalated and threats of lawsuits are being thrown around.

I believe that this is an example of how 2 wrongs don't make a right. As a parent we know how frustrating it can be to plan and pay for a birthday party and have people not RSVP and then show up, or RSVP and not show up. In this situation the courteous thing to do is to call the party host as soon as you realize you aren't going to be able to attend. This way the parent hosting the party can make the necessary arrangements. On the other hand sending an invoice through the child is not the way to handle a no-show. It is passive aggressive and down right rude.

As much as it sucks to have to eat the cost of a no-show you really just have to chalk it up to the cost of parenting.


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