Drinking and thinking often don’t go together, that’s why it’s the worst time to make a decision when one is drunk. But in rare, “lucky” moments, the odds could turn to a drunk’s favor. Such happened to a couple on a honeymoon in a foreign country when after having one drink too many, they’ve made the spontaneous decision to buy a hotel.
Honeymooners Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, from London spent their romantic couple time in scenic Tangelle, Sri Lanka in December 2017. The couple checked into a rustic hotel on the beach for a three-week vacation where they struck a good rapport with the staff.
The couple spent a night drinking on the beach with one of the hotel bartenders when they were informed by the said staff that the current lease on the hotel was almost up. The night went on, and so did the drinking as the couple consumed about 12 glasses of rum. It is then that they made a booze-fueled decision they would potentially later regret when they’d sobered up - or it could become a moment of serendipity.
The couple decided to take over the new lease for three years at a cost of close to $35,000.
Not only were they making a big decision with financial implications at a time when they were probably too drunk to really think straight, but all negotiations were done with little English from those they were dealing with at that time.
Lyons recalled: “Because we didn’t understand most of the conversation, Mark and I just sat drinking more rum and slowly getting drunk again.”
And so they closed the deal. Not long after, the couple encountered another challenge - they found out they were expecting a child. Still, they decided to stand by the decision made when they were drunk. And lucky for them, their drunken gamble soon paid off.
The couple reopened the seven-bedroom bed and breakfast named ‘Lucky Beach Tangalle’ at the end of July, after spending another $11,000 on renovations.
Business has been good since then for the couple, with their hotel now receiving a steady stream of customers.