Builder Accidentally Paid £44,000 Instead Of £446 Blows Most Of It On Mad Shit

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A Scarborough man was accidentally paid £44,000 instead of £446 for a building job and quickly blew £30k of it all on Jordan Belfort-type shit.


The Mail reports that Steven Burke, 44, was paid 100 times what he's used to earning in a week. Shit!

Phil Gledall, the boss at Croft Farm Construction Farm, accidentally put the decimal point in the wrong place, as well as putting in too many digits when it came to pay him. Wish that'd happen at theLADbible!

Instead of reporting the error, Steven went on a proper bender with the cash after he was paid for 500 days of work, rather than five.

He reportedly spent £12,600 on online betting website Coral.

Credit: PA

Prosecutor at York Crown Court, Shyam Soni, said: "He also bought an Audi A4 car for £2,000 - but it broke down the same day he bought it."

Speaking about what else Burke spent the money on, Mr Soni said: "The money was spent on gambling... drugs, a watch and a gold chain."


When the bank finally got hold of him, it only received £15k of the total amount as the rest had already been pissed up the wall.

Burke has been spared jail time though and has insead been handed a suspended a four-month sentence.

No wonder he's smiling. Credit: Tom Maddick/SWNS

He was also ordered to undergo 100 hours of unpaid work within a year.

Judge Thomas Bayliss QC said this of the whole palava: "This was blatant dishonesty - it wasn't fraudulent but it was very opportunistic.

"When Mr Goodhall tried to contact you of course he could not find you."

Defending Burke, Martin Semper said: "This man is of 44 years of age and has no previous convictions for dishonesty and is willing to do unpaid work."

Coral would like to thank Mr. Burke for his services (sarcasm).

Words by Matthew Cooper

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