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British couple drunkenly purchase an entire hotel

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Most people can identify with making some some questionable choices after having a few, but one couple from London took it to the next level while visiting Sri Lanka on their honeymoon. After a night of sipping rum, they agreed to purchase an entire hotel. 

During a three-week backpacking trip in December of last year, Gina Lyons and Mark Lee hit it off with the hotel's staff during their first night at the hotel in Tangalle. After drinking 12 glasses of rum, they found out the lease was almost up on the hotel, so they agreed to take it over for three more years, at a cost of about $40,000

"After finding out that it was [$13,200] a year, myself and Mark thought that it would be a brilliant idea to buy it, because we were so drunk,” Lyons told The Daily Mirror.

The couple said they worked out the details of the purchase while still drunk, and had to have friends translate the deal, which was being struck in another language. 

They eventually agreed on a price, but panicked when they learned they were expecting their first child

"I felt like I was already a bad mother because I felt guilty that I'd wasted all of this money buying a business that might not work. I was plagued with feeling irresponsible, but it was either sink or swim — so we decided we'd have to make it work,” Lyons said.

Gina and Mark made some renovations and reopened the seven-bedroom B&B, which they named the Lucky Beach Tangalle. They say the business is going well and they've seen a steady stream of customers. Even though the business decision paid off for them, they insist other major decisions in the future will be made sober.

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