Orpington man wakes up in Amsterdam after getting really drunk at funeral

James O'Kane in Amsterdam.

James O'Kane in Amsterdam.

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News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

AN ORPINGTON man got so drunk after a funeral that he woke up in Amsterdam, with no idea how he'd got there.

James O'Kane, of Park Avenue, spent January 29 attending a friend's funeral in Eltham, before heading to the Queen's Head pub in Orpington.

The 22-year-old later went to Croydon, but from there things get a little hazy.

Mr O'Kane, who works in Sainsbury's in Locksbottom, told News Shopper: "I can't remember that much after that but I know I was thinking I had to do something.

"Next thing I knew, I woke up when someone started tapping me on the shoulder. It was an air hostess.

"Then there came the announcement: 'We have now arrived at Amsterdam'.

"I thought: 'what the hell have I done'."

News Shopper:

At around 4am Mr O'Kane had taken a taxi from Croydon to Gatwick Airport, before booking a £232 British Airways return flight to Amsterdam.

He had taken his passport out that evening to use as ID.

The former Orpington College student said: "I was quite upset and angry with myself when I woke up.

"I was scared. I had never been abroad on my own before.

"It was freezing. I had no money, nowhere to stay, no underwear, not even toothpaste.

"I hadn't brought my glasses and I can't see very well without my glasses.

"I called my mum and she booked me a hotel to stay in while I was there.

"In the end I tried to enjoy the experience. I did a lot of wandering about.

"I visited a lot of places but I was a bit lonely."

News Shopper:

Mr O'Kane stayed in Amsterdam for two nights, before returning home on February 1.

He added: "In the end I was happy to finally get home.

"I hardly slept while I was there because I was quite scared.

"I was meant to be in work. My manager found out on Facebook and he wasn't happy.

"Overall I'm glad I did it. I'll be telling people this story for the rest of my life."

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4:10pm Fri 21 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

And this is news why? Repeaters repeaters repeaters. Try proper journalism.
And this is news why? Repeaters repeaters repeaters. Try proper journalism. white rabbit9
  • Score: 29

4:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Simon Bull says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
And this is news why? Repeaters repeaters repeaters. Try proper journalism.
This is news because it's a report of a recent event. Simple really.

Annoying annoying annoying. Try proper commenting.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: And this is news why? Repeaters repeaters repeaters. Try proper journalism.[/p][/quote]This is news because it's a report of a recent event. Simple really. Annoying annoying annoying. Try proper commenting. Simon Bull
  • Score: -20

4:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

caz b says...

Not really believing this STORY How did he manage to board a flight being so drunk shame on the airline if it's true
Not really believing this STORY How did he manage to board a flight being so drunk shame on the airline if it's true caz b
  • Score: 36

7:25pm Fri 21 Feb 14

cherithporter says...

That must have been frightening to have woken up in Amsterdam. Was he hallucinating or something?
That must have been frightening to have woken up in Amsterdam. Was he hallucinating or something? cherithporter
  • Score: 2

7:36pm Fri 21 Feb 14

madras says...

i call shenanigans!
i call shenanigans! madras
  • Score: 18

7:52pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ron.1952 says...

You should of called Ronny, I love coming to the rescue of a young damsel in distress like you James.


Ronny x
You should of called Ronny, I love coming to the rescue of a young damsel in distress like you James. Ronny x ron.1952
  • Score: -44

8:21pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mumcabs says...

He would have had to travel to the airport, buy a ticket, get through passport control and customs, he would have been given a boarding pass, and he would have sat in the correct seat. I don't understand how he could do that if he was drunk. So I don't believe his story, not one little bit. He might have been tipsy, and didn't care about the consequences, but he knew exactly what he was doing.
He would have had to travel to the airport, buy a ticket, get through passport control and customs, he would have been given a boarding pass, and he would have sat in the correct seat. I don't understand how he could do that if he was drunk. So I don't believe his story, not one little bit. He might have been tipsy, and didn't care about the consequences, but he knew exactly what he was doing. mumcabs
  • Score: 36

9:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

danm5577 says...

Is it April 1st?
And more like he was off his head on drugs!
And he just happened to have his passport on him at the funeral???
Is it April 1st? And more like he was off his head on drugs! And he just happened to have his passport on him at the funeral??? danm5577
  • Score: 13

11:12pm Fri 21 Feb 14

toomush2drink says...

Attention seeking for a reason no doubt ?

Im at a loss as to why this has been published. ?

If he was so scared why did he then find the time to takes some selfies ? Oh that would be for the attention seeking wouldnt it ?
Attention seeking for a reason no doubt ? Im at a loss as to why this has been published. ? If he was so scared why did he then find the time to takes some selfies ? Oh that would be for the attention seeking wouldnt it ? toomush2drink
  • Score: 25

2:24am Sun 23 Feb 14

rainshine70 says...

group of lads have a weekend away and they say, James mate dare you to make up some stuff and try to get in the local paper.....

Sounds a bit more likely than what I've read, unless the airlines are wheeling drunks through....
group of lads have a weekend away and they say, James mate dare you to make up some stuff and try to get in the local paper..... Sounds a bit more likely than what I've read, unless the airlines are wheeling drunks through.... rainshine70
  • Score: 10

10:02pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Stop_Whining says...

Complete bull.... Yet another attention seeker.

Get back in Sainsburys car park ya trolley wolly.
Complete bull.... Yet another attention seeker. Get back in Sainsburys car park ya trolley wolly. Stop_Whining
  • Score: 12

12:03pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Lols says...

Pahaha!
I reckon he fancied a little break from the Mrs/work and the only way he could get away with it was to comprise this little story! either that or a bet.

Nice try!
Pahaha! I reckon he fancied a little break from the Mrs/work and the only way he could get away with it was to comprise this little story! either that or a bet. Nice try! Lols
  • Score: 3

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