Here's a plot twist that could easily have qualified as a story arc in The Hangover or any of its sequels, except no one lost any teeth or risked being mauled by a tiger. And it didn't even take place in Las Vegas.
Nope, Sri Lanka was the setting for a night of imbibement as a newly-married Brit couple got so loaded on rum last December while crashing on the beach, they wound up buying the hotel where their honeymoon took place. The booze-fueled transaction all started when the couple, Mark Lee and Gina Lyons, was hanging out in the bar of the hotel shortly after checking in.
Things started getting looser and looser, and when they started to get quite friendly with the bartender on shift that night, they decided to buy a bottle of rum and guzzle it on the beach with their new companion. About the time when tipsiness spoke louder than logic, the bartender revealed that the lease was about to expire on the hotel and the owner was likely looking for a buyer.
That's when the inebriated newlyweds decided on the spot to buy the beachside resort. Not for a cool million-plus, fortunately. Nope, the total cost of the paradise premises was $39,500, payable in $10,000 annual installments. Factoring in interest, the total cost of the transaction amounted to roughly $56,000.
"After finding out that it was $10,000 a year, myself and Mark thought that it would be a brilliant idea to buy it - because we were so drunk,” said Lyons. "Now, almost a year on from our drunken idea, we own the hotel and have started doing the hotel up and making it ours."
It would have been interesting to overhear that conversation, given that the bartender wasn't speaking English, the only language the couple knew. They had to rely on another person on the beach to translate the proceedings. Then there was another unexpected surprise. Upon returning to sobriety, Lyons discovered she was pregnant, meaning that besides paying for the hotel they just bought, there was a mouth to feed on the way.
After a bit of adjustment to their changing fortunes and a bit of elbow grease, the two decided to go all out and renovate the seven-suite complex for around $11,000. The spot, dubbed Lucky Beach Tangalle, reopened late in July and has been doing great business ever since.
That said, most entrepreneurs don't recommend getting smashed as a prerequisite for negotiating a real estate deal. Still, if the producers behind The Hangover franchise are interested in a new story...