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Dad claims he’s spent £4,000 on drunk shopping sprees – including fur ‘pimp’ coat and sausage-making class


A DAD-of-two has racked up a £4,000 bill from drunk shopping sprees – including a fur ‘pimp’ coat and a sausage-making class.

Barmy David Hayes, 50, says he was “blind drunk” when he made his latest purchase – a luxury 70s-style fur coat for £52.

David Hayes says his favourite purchase is this coat
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He once shelled out on a tank-driving class
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His list of bizarre buys include an inflatable settee, four sets of bongos, a sausage factory visit and a £500 motorhome holiday voucher that expired before he could use it.

Greetings card boss David has also adopted a lion, giraffe, elephant and orangutan as well as purchasing a meet-and-greet with Peter Andre.

David, from Seaham, County Durham, said: “The coat is the best thing I’ve bought over the years accidentally without a doubt, I’m chuffed to bits with it.

“Everyone who’s seen it – women friends, male friends they all laughed at it after seeing it on Facebook but as soon as they come round they ask to try it on and as soon as they do they love it.

SPENT £4,000 WHILE BLADDERED

“It’s the best coat I’ve ever owned, it’s like a 1970s’ ‘pimp coat’ and is that good I wore it to the pub for Sunday dinner once and everyone wanted a photograph with it.

“People were trying to put it on and I thought to myself ‘I can’t take it anymore, it’s going to get ruined’.

“I had a family party that same day and my mam put it on and she wouldn’t take it off and tried to leave with it.

“I love my mam to bits, but she’s not having the coat.”

There’s not really much thinking behind the things I do buy, I just look at things when I’ve had a few and think ‘ah I bet that could be useful’


David Hayes

David, who lives with sons Charlie, 19, and Jake, 17, said his love affair with drunk shopping started seven years ago when he placed an order for a Smokey and the Bandit poster which now has pride of place in his living room.

He added: “There’s not really much thinking behind the things I do buy, I just look at things when I’ve had a few and think ‘ah I bet that could be useful’.

“Sometimes I watch a film or I’ll see someone wearing something and I’ll think ‘that looks cool’ and it obviously sticks in my mind.

“The list of things I’ve bought is endless. The more conservative things I’ve bought are a state-of-the-art pan with different compartments that I’ve never used.

BARMY BUYS

“I’ve bought a £500 motorhome holiday voucher that expired before I could use it. It had to be used before a certain time and I didn’t have the holidays lined up.

“I’ve also bought an inflatable settee, four sets of bongos, a £100 Chewbacca mask and a swimming pool pump – despite not having one.

“I’ve adopted llamas and monkeys for the lads – my mam got an ape last year.

“I even drunkenly applied to be on the TV show Naked Attraction.


“I was mortified when the email came back and I was successful- I can’t remember actually doing it.

“They rang me and said I’d have to attend auditions in Manchester- there’s absolutely no chance whatsoever of me going.

“The next day you wake up and think ‘that was a terrible idea’.”

He hired a campervan for £500 – but didn’t end up using it
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He lives with sons Charlie, 19, and Jake, 17
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His most prized drunk purchase is a photo of Burt Reynolds
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He often wakes up aghast at his bonkers buys
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He also picked up a rubber Chewbacca mask[/caption]


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