Groom Forgets to Book Venue, Freaks, Calls in Bomb Threat

He phoned in threat after forgetting to book venue

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 22, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The BBC and AP provide the details on a tale of wedding-day craziness in Britain:

  • Problem: The day before he was supposed to get married in Liverpool's St. George's Hall, Neil McCardle realized he had forgotten to actually book the place.
  • Solution: He sat on this nugget of information until the next day—his wedding day—then phoned in a bomb threat to the venue.

  • Success: The ploy, coming less than two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, worked like a charm as police evacuated the building. (This resulted in McCardle's would-be bride standing in a street in her wedding dress.)
  • Failure: Police traced the call to McCardle that same day, and he confessed and apologized. A judge yesterday sentenced him to a year in jail.
  • So true: "If it wasn't so serious, the facts of this case have all the markings of a comedy," said his lawyer in court.
  • Love endures: The couple is still together, though apparently still unwed.

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