Drunk man takes a taxi to his parents' house, falls asleep on the couch only to find his parents don't live there anymore

Italian students from the Primo Levi Technical Institute of Vignola in the Modena Province, toast with glasses of beer in a pub during a school trip to Strasbourg to visit the European Parliament on May 18, 2004. (Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

While it’s hard to be on top of your game while you’re intoxicated, there are three rules to a successful night of heavy drinking. One, make sure you have the holy trinity on you: phone, wallet, keys. Two, don’t drive. Three, get home safely.

Thomas Airlie probably thought he was in the clear when he ordered a taxi to take him to his parents’ house to sleep off a night out with the guys.

He entered the residence, took his shoes off at the door, went to the kitchen to get a juice, and lay down on the couch. All was well.

Except his parents did not live in that house — in Glasglow, Scotland — anymore, and they hadn’t for two years.


Elaine McDade, a dance teacher, and mother of two, lived there, and while Thomas proved to be very polite, it still is a scary situation to realize there’s a 26-year-old stranger in your home.

Every time I come into my house I lock my door behind me. Every time, it’s a habit! Even during the day, I always do it. The one and only time I don’t!” McDade said on Facebook. She and her children were in bed, watching TV when she went to get a drink. That’s when she spotted Airlie. 

When I saw him I woke him up straight away. I even asked him if he used to live here, or if he lived in the same street now and had just got the wrong door,” McCade told Daily Mail.

She called her husband at work, and he arrived to drive Airlie home. But Airlie couldn’t remember where he lived, so McCade’s husband dropped him at a supermarket. Someone who knew Airlie’s parents eventually sent him the photo McCade had snapped of him on her couch, and he apologized to her most profusely on Facebook.

In the end, everyone was safe, save for some ribbing from Airlie’s friends.

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