Groom Denied Dream Las Vegas Stag After Best Man Spends £8,000

A groom was denied his dream stag do to Las Vegas after the best man - who was supposed to be organising the whole thing - allegedly spent £8,000 of everyone's money without actually booking the trip.

Instead, Ben Whincup was left in his hometown of Swindon which, charming though it may be, is probably not as ritzy or as glamorous as Las Vegas, Nevada.

The intention was that the group of friends would go away on the holiday of a lifetime to the United States' famous gambling and partying capital, ahead of Ben's marriage - however, things quickly took a turn for the worse.

Ben (centre) in the pub in Swindon. Credit: Mirrorpix
Ben (centre) in the pub in Swindon. Credit: Mirrorpix

Actually, that's something of an understatement. Things rapidly nosedived before crashing and burning.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ben explained: "I could not believe what I was hearing.

"I never even got angry really, it was just shock and disbelief. You can't believe someone would do something like that.

"So we've gone from thinking we'd be at a pool party in Vegas to sat having a beer in Swindon."

Right, let's find out what happened.

Ben is due to marry his fiancée Emma in Royal Wootton Bassett at the back end of April. Ahead of that, the plan was that him and his buddies would go to Vegas and send him off in the traditional manner.

A night-time view of Las Vegas. Credit: PA
A night-time view of Las Vegas. Credit: PA

The group was set to be Ben, three pals from Swindon St George Rugby League Club, his dad Craig, two brothers-in-law, and another family friend.

Ahead of the trip they all forked over the cash to the best man.

Ben continued: "As soon as we had set a date, I told Emma I wanted to go to Vegas for the stag party.

"I'd always dreamed of playing the tables in those iconic casinos - and what better time than just before I get married?

"We had decided on the flights and the hotel on the strip where we would stay, and he just said he'd take care of it all.

"We handed over more than £700 each and trusted him to deliver the dream trip. In the weeks running up to the stag, we were all getting excited and there were no signs that anything was wrong."

Then came that phone call from the best man, who admitted to having spent all the money without booking anything.

Nice enough, but it's hardly the MGM Grand. Credit: Mirrorpix
Nice enough, but it's hardly the MGM Grand. Credit: Mirrorpix

"I was stunned. I couldn't believe what he'd done." Ben added.

"It wasn't just my money, there were others who were going to miss out on a trip of a lifetime."

Oh, and one of them had travelled from New Zealand to Las Vegas already. Double shit.

Police are looking into it, and the gang tried to make it work anyway, but it was simply too dear.

Ben isn't sulking about it, though. They're just going to have to scale it back a bit.

Las Vegas' MGM Grand is now off the table. Credit: PA
Las Vegas' MGM Grand is now off the table. Credit: PA

He said: "It looks like a weekend in Newcastle rather than Vegas.

"There is no use moping about it, I am just trying to make the best of a bad situation and even see the humour in it if I can."

Remarkably good humour on show there. Fair play, Ben LAD.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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