When it comes to planning a wedding, there can be no greater argument that absolutely all wedding plans should be coordinated by the soon-to-be-bride than this chap: 36-year-old Liverpool man Neil McArdle, who, upon realizing he had neglected to book the venue he and his fiancé were to be married in, decided to buy himself some time by calling in a bomb threat.
The bomb in lieu of the bungled booking story was carried by MSN Now on Oct. 6, and has to be the absolute take-the-wedding-cake most asinine thing a groom has decided to do to cover up a wedding day gaffe.
Speaking of the bomb, MSN said, “Figuratively, it probably felt very true — the bomb being his bride once she found out.” Perhaps this bride should have thought twice about the merits of the Englishman she was due to wed.
The story took place back in late April. McArdle was set to wed Amy Williams at the Liverpool Register Office within St. George’s Hall – a massive building, built in the early 1800s to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria, containing concert halls and courts.
When the wedding day arrived, the idiotic groom realized he had forgotten to fill out the necessary paperwork to secure the reservation, and he did what any helpless male would do – No, not telephone the office and explain, but walk over to a nearby pillar box (phone booth) and call in a bomb scare.
“There’s a bomb in St. George’s Hall and it will go off in 45 minutes," McArdle allegedly told the receptionist, Marie Harnick.
“I never had a chance to ask anything,” Harnick said. “As soon as he said there was a bomb, he put the phone down. I told my manager and he said to ring the police and clear the building. It all happened very quickly.”
A source inside of St. George’s Hall said McArdle “realized that he hadn’t filled this form in. But he hadn’t got the heart to tell his missus and her family. The whole wedding party turned up to this bomb scare and then they found out there was no actual booking.”
At that point, the gig was up. McArdle’s bid to buy himself some time to get the paperwork finished failed, and he copped to the bomb hoax.
McArdle says he thought better of his stunt and tried to call the Hall back to say it was a hoax, but no one answered. (Umm probably because you called in a BOMB THREAT and the building was evacuated?)
The so-called bomber appeared at the Liverpool Crown Court Oct. 3 and admitted to a single charge of communicating false information with intent. He will be sentenced later this month.
Interesting enough, McArdle and Williams have not yet wed. Perhaps she’s weighing her options, or perhaps he’s still working on the paperwork.