Lol. 42-Year Old Dad In UK Woke Up In France After Getting Drunk

A sloshed man woke up 300 miles away with a hangover to
remember after a couple of festive drinks got out of hand. The 48-year-old dad,
Shawn Smith woke up in France after meeting two mates for a few pints in his
But after they convinced him to join them on an overnight
trip to buy cut-price tobacco, the father, who has never left the UK before,
managed to get through checks at Dover, France and as far as Belgium without a

He was stopped by customs officers on the return journey at
Calais, and was forced to go to Paris to the British Consulate, and to fork out
£99 for a temporary passport.
Self-employed plasterer Shawn said: “I’d only gone out
for a couple of quiet pints with my pals at the local pub.
“They told me they were going to go across to
Anderlecht in Belgium to stock on tobacco.
“Apparently you can legally buy 60 packets and that
would last me the year for a faction of the cost of the price in Britain.
“They asked if I wanted to go along and I thought ‘why
“We planned to do an over-nighter, as a bit of an
adventure. I just remember laughing a lot and my friend who wasn’t drinking
drove us down to Dover.
“I must have fallen asleep when we got to the port
because the next thing I knew I woke up and was in France and we were on the
way to Belgium.
“I thought to myself it was strange no one had asked me
for my passport because I don’t actually have one. I just thought because we
were in Europe you don’t need one.
“We went to a 24-hour hypermarket and filled up with
tobacco and were coming back when I got stopped at Calais.
“I was shocked when they told me I had to go to Paris
to fill out the forms for an emergency passport but I had no choice.”
Shawn was hoping for quick passage back to the UK but as he
was born in Germany his situation hit further complications, with officials
ordering him to stay a week while they checked his nationality.
After his brother wired him cash, Shawn managed to survive
on breakfast croissants and fast-food meals at McDonalds.
He added: “I don’t want to see Paris again, although it
is a beautiful city.
“It was an expensive hangover but something to tell the
grandkids about.”

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