Planning a wedding can be stressful. But apparently not as stressful as not planning a wedding.
Neil McArdle learned that lesson the hard way after he neglected to book the location for his wedding. Cracking under the pressure, the groom-to-be called in a bomb threat in a futile attempt to cover up his mistake.
McArdle‘s excuse for the hoax was that he didn’t want to disappoint his fiancé and his family. Needless to say, he didn’t quite achieve his goal.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the 36-year old McArdle realized on the day of the wedding, April the 24th, that he’d forgotten to complete the paperwork to reserve St. George’s Hall. In a panic, he called saying a bomb would go off in 45 minutes thinking that would somehow keep his fiancé from finding out.
As soon as McArdle made the call, he realized how stupid that really was and tried to call back to explain himself. It was too late: The fuse was lit and his plan was set to blow up in his face.
Marie Harnick, the receptionist who answered the call, told the ECHO, “I never had a chance to ask anything. 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.”
The wedding party arrived on schedule to find that St. George’s had been evacuated and police were on the scene. After the hall reopened an hour later, the staff discovered McArdle hadn’t booked the venue and he confessed to the bomb hoax.
McArdle appeared in court Friday on the charge of communicating false information with intent. No attempt was made to try to cover up his mistake this time: He plead guilty.