A drunk teenager find himself in Paris away from home

November 20, 2013 7:24 AM

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A teenager who went out clubbing in Manchester with his mates woke up in Paris the following morning after booking a flight in the early hours.

Luke Harding was getting a cab home from the Tokyo Project nightclub, nicknamed Tokes, in Oldham when he found his passport in his pocket and drunkenly decided to visit the Eiffel Tower.

Mr Harding, a sheet metal worker, asked the shocked taxi driver to head immediately for Manchester Airport then booked a last minute 6am flight for £100 through Flybe to the French capital using his mobile phone.

The 19-year-old eventually woke up in a toilet cubicle at Charles De Gaulle Airport - 500 miles from where he started his night to remember.

News of his unexpected excursion spread like wildfire around the social media site with many messages poking fun at the travelling teenager.

He was eventually picked up 12 hours later at Manchester by friends when he had to pay out a further £170 to get a flight back to the UK. The entire escapade cost him a total of £300.

In further tweets Mr Harding, who had been using his passport as ID to drink at the nightclub, added: 'My flight home wasn’t till 7.30 at night I had to stay in Paris! Plus, spent all that money to get there be a waste not to stay. My mates didn’t believe me! Bizarre thing to do going Paris but it happened.

Speaking today, he said: 'It all started off just going for a pint after work with one of my mates, one thing lead to another and we decide we are going to go out to Tokyo’s in Oldham.

'It turned out to be just a bog standard night and we started to get a bit bored and decide to call it quits and head off home. The only thing was by this time we are well and truly plastered.

'I went to drop my friend off at his house in a taxi but for some reason I randomly decided that I don’t want to go home but stay out instead.

'I found my passport which I’d been using for ID and was looking at this flight app on my phone and it was saying something like "cheap flights to Paris".

'I decided the best thing to do was book a flight to see the Eiffel tower. It was just a spur of the moment thing and seemed like a good idea at the time.

Mr Harding said the idea to go abroad had only struck him in the cab, so he didn't even have a bag or a change of clothes.

'I arrived at Terminal 3 and walked through to the check In where I tried and acted sober as I could and speaking as little as possible.' He continued, 'I had no luggage and I remembered the lady at the check in asking if I had any - then she joked that I was travelling light.

'I don’t recall much of the flight because I fell asleep and then the next thing I know I find myself lay next to a toilet in a cubicle in the middle of Charles De Gaulle airport and thinking what the hell have I just done?

'I rang my mum and said "don’t panic mum but can you pick me up at Manchester Airport at 8pm?" Then I told her what I had done and she went mental at me.

Source: standardmedia.co.ke

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