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The best possible outcome from someone stealing a tenner from you is probably an annual drinking game created in your honour.
Timothy Burrows, a Guardian journalist, had probably cut his losses when he lost his wallet at Reading Festival back in 2003 – and he definitely wasn’t expecting to be contacted about it 14 years later.
Burrows found a peculiar message in his Facebook inbox from the guy, called Giles, who found his wallet ‘in a ditch near orange and yellow camp’ and ‘burrowed’ a tenner.
Been contacted by a man who found my wallet at Reading 2003, took £10 out to buy cider and held an annual drinking competition in my honour pic.twitter.com/1a5YyIbpEx
— timburrows (@timburrows) April 18, 2017
Absolutely incredible form from Giles for punning whilst confessing he stole money from Tim.
Haha I think my friends found it in a ditch near orange and yellow camp in 2003 if indeed it was yours, it was handed in to the lost and found, but not before one of them ‘burrowed’ a 10er [sic] out of it and bought as much white lightning as he could find.
Of course looking back on it, that was very childish and illegal but I always thought it would be nice to reach out and let you know that it went down as an annual tradition of cider drinking competitions named ‘the Timothy Burrows challenge’.
Sorry to inform you so many years later, would happily restore karma by offering to pay the £10 back to its rightful owner.
I fear now the number of Timothy Burrows I have messaged in my attempt to do this.
UPDATE: The rules of the 'Timothy Burrows challenge' pic.twitter.com/hsBMDuKlgP
— timburrows (@timburrows) April 19, 2017
Tim then also found out the rules of the game which entailed three teams of five having three litres of cider between them and it’s a sprint to the end.
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Numerous Twitter users commented on the post which received 5.2k retweets and 12k likes, one said ‘Tim, this is well worth a tenner, I think’.
The game was an annual tradition and left one team captain rolled up in a carpet for the rest of the night.
So much respect for Giles and his legendary game.