A five-year-old boy has been charged with £15 and his parents reportedly threatened with court action after he failed to go to a friend’s birthday party.
Alex Nash, from Plymouth, was verbally invited to a school-friend’s birthday party on a dry-ski slope, but when he decided not to attend – instead spending the day with his grandparents – his parents apparently had no means of contacting the mother who organised the party.
In the days following they attempted to apologise – until their son returned home with a brown envelope and a ‘no show fee’ invoice for £15.95 in his bag, the Plymouth Herald discovered.
“I thought it was a joke to begin with,” Alex’s father Derek Nash told the Plymouth Herald.
10 best children's birthday cakes
10 best children's birthday cakes
1/10 Waitrose Fire Engine
Made from vanilla sponge, this fun-themed cake can be personalised with a hand-piped message of up to 30 characters and it serves up to 18 people. Be sure to give the seven days notice required as they’re made to order. £25, waitrose.com
2/10 Mars M&Ms Cake
You’ll be hard pushed to find a child that doesn’t like M&Ms, which makes this new cake from Mars a winner. Featuring the M&Ms characters, it’s made from chocolate sponge sandwiched with chocolate filling and covered with bright icing and a pool of sweets. £11, tesco.com
3/10 Hummingbird Bespoke Number Cake
These bespoke, American-style vanilla cakes with smooth, whipped frosting are delicious and huge, making them great for birthday parties. But be sure to give 48 hours notice. Deliveries within greater London only. From £42.95, hummingbirdbakery.com
4/10 Sainsbury’s Decorate Your Own Cake
This is an excellent solution for parents who want to design their own cake, but don’t have time to make the darn thing. A tasty Madeira cake, layered with raspberry jam and buttercream and covered with icing, it’s up to you to turn it into a work of art. £4, sainsburys.co.uk
5/10 Harrods Bespoke Birthday Cake
Harrods offers one of the best known bespoke cake-making service in the country, with more than 50 innovative designs, like this fun ball-pit. They cost a bomb but really are something else. Available in vanilla, chocolate, carrot or fruit cake. From £250, harrods.com
6/10 Asda Caterpillar Celebration Cake
This charmingly decorated mini beast cake is a quick and easy option that will do for children of all ages and yet you still get change from a fiver. It’s sweeter than most cakes, but it still tastes good and it easily serves 12 people. £4.98, asda.com
7/10 Fortnum & Mason Pinata Celebration Cake
When your child cuts into this scrummy vanilla meringue buttercream-covered creation, they’ll discover a six-layered rainbow cake with a treasure trove of sweets that spill out. A genius invention, it easily serves a dozen people. £55, fortnumandmason.com
8/10 M&S Large Balloons Cake
This all-butter, light and fluffy Madeira sponge is filled with butter cream and raspberry jam, covered with soft white icing and decorated with colourful, gender-neutral balloons. £12, marksandspencer.com (in store only)
9/10 Bettys Bear Cake
There are lots of choices with this charming and very traditional cake – number of bears, colour for piped decoration and ribbon, soft or hard icing and, most importantly, variety of cake base. These include fruit cake, Victoria sponge or chocolate sponge. From £56, bettys.co.uk
10/10 Chococo Purbeck Marble Cake
If your little darling is more of a biscuity kind of child, they’ll love this award-winning, hand-piped delicious alternative. Beautifully decorated with naturally coloured jelly beans, and really chocolatey, it doesn’t contain any eggs or nuts, which also makes it great for kids with allergies. From £26.95, chococo.co.uk
The brown envelope containing the invoice had been slipped into the child’s bag as he left school, via a teacher it is claimed.
Mr Nash, who works as a delivery driver, said he “couldn’t believe” the manner in which the money had been requested, although he emphasised that he understood the need to recoup the cost.
Alex has also claimed his former friend at Torpoint Nursery and Infant School will no longer play with him.Reuse content