Internet fame can come round and bite you in the backside, as one dad found out after the evidence of his ‘quiet night in’ went viral.
Damien Keegan, 42, was down the pub with his mates last Monday while his wife was away on holiday in Spain.
When Damien told wife Fiona he was on his way home at 9pm, it wasn’t enough to stop her asking their daughters for picture proof of him coming in and going to bed.
Till manufacturer Damien thought he’d get one-up on Fiona by rushing home in a taxi to pose in bed, seemingly asleep under the covers.
At first all went to plan, his daughter Naomi sent pics to her mother who initially fell for the booze ruse.
But the plan fell through when Naomi posted the pics to Twitter and they unexpectedly went viral, The Sun reports.
Over several posts, she wrote:
Shit my ma asked is Da in bed and he’s acc in the pub but she’s on holiday and doesn’t know.
She asked me to take a pic of him in bed and he’s getting a taxi home to get a pic in the bed and then going back out.
The things you’ve to do to go the pub when ur wife’s away… stinger da ye got caught after all
The posts received thousands of likes and hundred of retweets. Eventually it was spotted by Fiona’s sister. Busted!
It had gone viral all over the internet, and even got shared in Australia.
The whole of Dublin was talking about it. My wife was going mad, but you don’t stop when you start drinking.
The dad-of-four says it’s the first time he’s attempted the trick, but hopes many more will take inspiration.
I am sure there will be a lot of people trying this trick now.
All was not lost, as Damien said when he told the cabbie the reason for his ride, he got the journey free of charge.
A fourth pic, presumably of Damien heading back to the pub, was captioned on Naomi’s Snapchat: ‘Hahahahahahahah boys are wankers’.
I think there’s an important lesson here, aside from ‘boys are wankers’, and it comes from the sage Homer Simpson: it takes two to lie, one to lie and one to listen.
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Tim Horner is a sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated with a BA Journalism from University College Falmouth before most his colleagues were born. A previous editor of adult mags, he now enjoys bringing the tone down in the viral news sector.