The girlfriend of a man who went for an after-work pint and ended up in Majorca has forgiven him – after he promised to take her on holiday to make up for missing his tea.
Alun Griffiths, 27, went for ‘one pint’ after finishing his railway shift before he was due to have a meal with girlfriend Sarah Meah.
But by dinner time, he and a friend had travelled 30 miles to Cardiff airport to book a spontaneous holiday – and jumped on a flight to Magaluf.
Alun said: ‘We were just having a chat in the pub about holidays and got carried away. Next thing we’re at the airport picking the next available flight.
‘I was supposed to be meeting the misses when she finished work to eat together but I had to let her down.’
Once he was at the airport, Alun sent a text to his nurse girlfriend Sarah, 36, telling her he was off to Spain and not to worry about his dinner.
He said: ‘She wasn’t best pleased but we have a great relationship. She calls me out but our rows are always in good spirit.
‘She text back saying “You are winding me up, what an idiot.” But finished off telling me to have a good time.’
Alun and his drinking buddy Nigel Lewis, 34 arrived in Majorca at 2am and headed straight for the bars. They had no hotel booked and so decided to sleep on the beach at 6am when they’d had enough.
Railway site manager Alun, of Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, said: ‘My battery was dead when I woke up we were being chased off a private beach by security guards.
‘With nowhere better to go we decided to start drinking again. Luckily we met a nice woman later in the day who used her phone to book us into a hotel so we could have a shower.
‘We went out again that night but two days on the sesh was enough for me. That’s when I called Sarah and asked her to book me a flight home.’
Sarah got him on the next available flight back – and on Thursday afternoon Alun and Nigel touched down in Cardiff.
The men went straight back to the social club where it had all started.
Sarah said: ‘I was at work while the boys were living it up in Spain and I was getting all the updates to my phone. It was hysterical. I honestly didn’t stop laughing.
‘Before he went I’d been telling Alun to book a boys holiday because I’m going to Ibiza with my girlfriends and I wanted him to have fun too. But I didn’t mean go that day!
‘The best part is that I had to rescue the boys and get them a flight home when they’d had enough.
‘People have messaged me saying I’m a mug for forgiving him but there was no fall out.
‘It’s all been a big laugh and I’m just glad he was safe and they stuck together even if they did go a bit too wild.’
Dad-of-four Alun said: ‘Sarah’s a good sport. She was teasing me when I needed to come home after only a whole day and night there.
‘She keeps telling my mates my dinner was still hot and waiting for me. I wasn’t gone long enough for it to get cold.
‘We love the banter, it’s one of the reasons we are great together. We are mates first. It’s great she can take a joke and accepts my wild ways.’
The couple have been best mates for nearly three years and only recently took their relationship to the next level.
They have now been seeing each other for eight weeks and live around the corner from each other on the Gurnos estate in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.
Alun said: ‘She has said I’ve got to take her away now to make up for it. So we are looking at a trip to Amsterdam.
He joked: ‘Hopefully this time I can give my boss a bit more notice.’