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A five-year-old boy and his family were recently sent an invoice – yes, an actual invoice – for missing his friend’s birthday party and not sending an RSVP.

We repeat: A five-year-old was invoiced for a birthday party no-show.

Alex Nash could not attend the party thrown for one of his friends.

The mother of the birthday boy, Julie Lawrence, was far from pleased that Alex didn’t even RSVP to say he couldn’t make the event at a local ski slope.

Therefore, she submitted a formal $24 invoice to the boy’s father.

Derek Nash told the BBC that he discovered the bill for the party, which listed a “no-show fee” in the document, in his son’s backpack after the fact.

He says he lacked the proper contact info to tell Lawrence that Alex was already committed to visiting his grandparents that day and couldn’t come.

Lawrence isn’t buying it, and wants him to pay up … or go to court!

“I can understand that she’s upset about losing money,” Nash says.”The money isn’t the issue, it’s the way she went about trying to get it from me.”

“[She sent] a proper invoice with even her bank details. She didn’t treat me like a human being, she treated me like a child and that I should do what she says.”

Lawrence stands by her decision and takes issue with his claim that he couldn’t reach her, insisting that the family “had every detail to contact me.”

Still … one might say she is handling this a bit drastically, no?