We all know that birthday parties can be expensive, what with all the venue deposits, decorations, food and goodie bags. (And that doesn't even include the presents you buy for your child!)
However, one mom took her financial disappointment to the next level when she sent an invoice to a 5-year-old boy who didn't attend her son's birthday party and instead spent the day with his grandparents, according to AOL.
That's right, little Alex Nash, a student at Torpoint Nursery and Infant School in Cornwall, England, received an invoice for £15.95 (about $24) in his backpack from Julie Lawrence, mother of the birthday boy. The invoice described it as a "Child's Party No-Show Fee."
Needless to say, Nash's parents were less than pleased. And Alex's dad Derek went over to the Lawrences to have a word with them.
"So I knocked on her door. She answered it, and I told her I'd found the invoice in my son's bag and I wasn't happy about that, and because I was so angry about that I assured her she wasn't going to get a penny out of me," Derek told the BBC.
Alex's mother Tanya Walsh then approached Lawrence over Facebook, according to the Telegraph.
"If I had known that I would have to pay if Alex did not go, then I would have paid you the money, no problem. I do not like fighting with people, and would prefer to settle this amicably."
Lawrence, however, isn't having it.
"This is not the first time Alex has not turned up to a party that he has been invited to, either. The amicable way 'round this I believe would be to pay me the money and let a lesson be learnt, I hope this is agreeable?"
As of this morning, neither family has agreed to resolve the issue.
And you thought your birthday schedule was stressful!