Groom Who Says Best Man Nicked Las Vegas Stag Fund Finally Gets Party
Remember the groom who was left gutted after his best man allegedly stole his £8,000 stag-do fund? Good news! He's finally had a chance to celebrate his upcoming wedding with his pals.
Ben Whincup, 28, was planning on going to Las Vegas for his stag with his dad, four mates and his two brothers-in-law - but the group were left devastated the day before when the best man told them nothing had been booked.
After reading the story in the Mirror, travel firm StagWeb reached out to offer the group a last-minute party anywhere in the UK that they fancied.
Ben, from Swindon, chose Cardiff and the group were treated to a day paintballing and a night out.
"I'm so happy we got to do this because it's been a terrible few weeks dealing with what happened," Ben told the Mirror.
"We were all so disappointed about it and did not know what to do, so we are so grateful we could come over here and have fun together before the big day.
"I like Cardiff, I've been there before on a night out and enjoyed it, so it seemed like a good choice."
Prior to StagWeb getting in touch, Ben and his mates thought the best they were going to get was a night in a pub in Swindon - now, I'm not dissing Swindon, but it's no Las Vegas, is it?
Speaking to the Mirror, he said: "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."
But then his best mate called the day before they were set to fly and broke the news that the money was gone and nothing was booked. Not good.
"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."
Ben now Ben says he just can't wait for his big day, which will see him tie the knot with fiancée Emma in Royal Wootton Bassett before jetting off to Greece for their honeymoon. Lovely.
He said: "I'm just looking forward to the most important thing here, which is my marriage to Emma.
"I can't wait for the big day and then our honeymoon, and trying to move on from what happened"
Police in Wiltshire told the newspaper that they were investigating the alleged theft of the cash and that a man had been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation, before being released on bail.
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