Monday, 19 January 2015

It's my Party

From the BBC

A five-year-old boy has been billed for failing to attend a friend's birthday party - resulting in legal action.

Alex Nash, from Cornwall, was invited to the party just before Christmas.

An invoice for £15.95 was sent by his schoolfriend's mother Julie Lawrence, who said Alex's non-attendance left her out of pocket and his parents had her details to tell her he was not going.

Uh what? If he'd attended, he'd have cost you the same £15.95. Be grateful you had one less 5 year old to watch over.

And £16 each for a 5 year old party? Fill a room full of balloons. They'll be just as happy.


Longrider said...

I commented on this one. The sunk cost fallacy in action.

Bayard said...

I bet she just took the total cost of the party and divided by the number of invitees, without actually stopping to think just how much less she would have spent if she'd known in advance that Alex wasn't attending. I expect that letter cost was something close to zero.

Longrider, it's in action almost every time anyone mentions the NHS. It's a very active fallacy.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Correct, sunk costs.

Admittedly it was very rude of him to accept and then not turn up, but hey.

B, no, most places charge per child attending.

A K Haart said...

"Fill a room full of balloons. They'll be just as happy."

That's what we found with Grandson's party. Reminds me of Christmas too. Loads of presents but the favourite was fake vomit costing 99p.

Anonymous said...

And what children's party could be complete without vomit?