Man Accidentally Invited to Stag Party Is Going Anyway

Joey DiJulio heading to stranger's bachelor party, even after mistake discovered
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 20, 2015 2:50 PM CDT
Joey DiJulio of Burien, Wash., is going to a stag party in Philly.   (Joey DiJulio)

(Newser) – You've heard of wedding crashers. Joey DiJulio is a bachelor party crasher, of sorts. For weeks, the man from the Seattle suburbs found himself getting emails from people he didn't know about a bachelor party and a groom he's never met. He saw names of Philadelphia landmarks like Reading Terminal Market thrown around in the emails but couldn't put his finger on where they were located until he searched the names online. "I had no idea what any of these places are," said DiJulio, 31, who's never been to the Northeast. It turns out DiJulio, an IT worker and a married father of one, had been mistaken for a friend of the groom with a similar last name. He sat as a "fly on the wall" for much of the email chain until Monday, when he broke the news after the groom's brother wanted a headcount.

But it didn't end there. Groom Jeff Minetti, 34, figured: Why not still invite him? The Philadelphia real estate agent asked him to attend both the bachelor party March 28 and his wedding May 2 in New Jersey. "This is the city of brotherly love," Minetti said. "Any and all are welcome." DiJulio went online to tell his story and raise money to cover his travel. In less than a week, he's already hit his goal of a little more than $1,200 and is putting any more raised toward Minetti's honeymoon. DiJulio has his plane ticket ready to go for next weekend to see a city he's never been to and hang out with a group of guys he's never met.

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