“Don’t make decisions when you’re angry. Don’t make promises when you’re happy,” so goes an adage widely shared on the internet.
Maybe an addendum would be not to be drunk in either of those situations, but a pair of newlyweds failed to follow this piece of wisdom — and are now proud owners of a hotel in Sri Lanka.
TV producer Gina Lyons, 33, and sales director Mark Lee, 35, who are based in London, celebrated their June 2017 wedding with a backpacking tour of Sri Lanka last December.
The trip lasted for three weeks, and in one of those nights, they found themselves in a beach town called Tangalle. While drinking rum on a hotel on the beach, they mused about putting up their own bed-and-breakfast. Like many ideas hatched in intoxication, the couple thought that theirs was a brilliant one and asked the bartender if the hotel they were in was for sale, Lyons recalled in The Sun.
Twelve glasses of rum in, they had concocted a business plan. The hotel’s lease was nearly up, they were told. The bartender, Isuru, contacted the owners, relaying the couple’s offer of £30,000 (P2.14 million).
The landowners agreed to the amount, and paperwork was set for signing the next day. Isuru was assigned as front-of-house manager and Milinda, a local they met running another hotel, would become their general manager.
The following morning, a hangover and reality hit the newlyweds. Still, they went through with the plan and agreed to finish paying for the hotel by March 2019.
The couple they met for renewing the lease did not speak English, so they brought translators. And since they didn’t understand much of the conversation, they began drinking again as the deal was being made, Lyons admitted to The Mirror.