Groom-to-Be Calls in a Bomb Hoax at His Own Wedding


Some people have difficulty fessing up when they’ve done something wrong. One such person, a groom-to-be, realized that he had not booked the venue for his wedding the day of his wedding. So what does he do instead of being honest and fessing up to his wife? He calls in a bomb threat.

According to The Guardian, Neil McArdle forgot to fill out the necessary forms to reserve the venue for their big day. And after seeing his fiancé in her gown that morning, he couldn’t bring himself to tell her. So he called the Liverpool police and said that a bomb was to go off at St. George’s Hall in 45 minutes. Police evacuated the venue immediately, did a search, and did not find a bomb. Once the building was deemed safe, the staff tried to hold the ceremony, only to realize the booking had never been made.

It didn’t take long for police to trace the call and find out that the groom-to-be had made it. He was arrested later that day. According to the article, the man was very embarrassed and ashamed at what he’d done. Despite the foolish, clearly not thought-out plan, McArdle has received one year in jail.  The Guardian states that his fiancé has stood by his side throughout the whole encounter.

Do you think McArdle should have been jailed? Was it a foolish mistake that shouldn’t result in jail time? Or a serious threat that should not be taken lightly?

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Posted by Jamie Friedlander on Oct 23, 2013

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