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Drunk Geordie who bought 6ft Pokemon causes chaos trying to get it home from US

Mirror logo Mirror 23/11/2018 Elaine McCahill
a teddy bear: Callum Underwood, from Newcastle, ordered this 6ft Pokemon Snorlax cushion but then had to come up with an inventive way of getting it to the UK © PA Callum Underwood, from Newcastle, ordered this 6ft Pokemon Snorlax cushion but then had to come up with an inventive way of getting it to the UK

A drunk man bought a 6ft Pokemon teddy online - but then had to work out how to get it to the UK without paying a huge shipping charge.

Callum Underwood, from Newcastle, had had a few beers when he bought the huge Snorlax plush online for £150.

The 31-year-old initially sent it his boss in San Francisco because the seller wouldn't ship to Britain.

But then he was told it would cost £780 [$1,000] to send the toy to the UK as freight because of its size, reports Chronicle Live.

And he couldn't take it on the plane with him would have required booking two extra seats.

  a man holding a bag © Credits: PA
 

He said: "I was on a work night out when one of my colleagues sent me the link and I thought it would be a good idea to order it.

"They don't deliver to the UK so I texted my boss and asked if I could have it shipped to her animal sanctuary."

Mr Underwood, a business developer in the games industry, even thought about cutting the Snorlax open and removing its stuffing before having it refilled back home - but said he found the thought of that too traumatic.

In the end, the married father managed to get the monster plush home to the UK by flying it home himself.

He brought it home from a business trip to the West Coast, via a stop-off at an e-sports conference in Atlanta, and then a flight on to Heathrow and finally home to Newcastle.

  a man making a funny face © Credits: PA

He managed it by cramming the toy into a large box and putting it in the hold as baggage - although the Snorlax did get lost at Dallas airport and was swabbed for drugs by suspicious security officials.

Mr Underwood shared the saga of his long journey with his new friend on Twitter, taking pictures of the oversized cushion's various brushes with airport authorities.

"I thought it might cost 100 dollars max to get it sent on to the UK as it doesn't weigh very much, but because of the dimensions it was going to be 1,000 dollars," he said.

"I went on Twitter and people suggested booking it a seat on the plane but it was wider than a person so that wasn't feasible.

  © Credits: PA

"I left it for two months and then I flew out for work as I had some meetings in San Francisco and I thought I'd figure it out when I was there."

After ruling out removing the Snorlax's stuffing, Mr Underwood squeezed him as tightly as possible into a box and put him in the hold of the plane to Atlanta, and finally got him home to Newcastle.

Before the flight, he tweeted he was "legit terrified" the Pokemon wouldn't make it on the flight.

He said: "At every point in the journey, everyone has been asking 'What's in the box'?"

 

People burst out laughing when he explained it was a Pokemon.

American airport officials cut the box open and swabbed it - presumably concerned it might contain drugs.

Mr Underwood added: "I managed to arrive back in Newcastle in one piece and now it's in the house and my son has semi-adopted it.

"I had been drinking when I bought it, but I was not black-out drunk. I just thought it would be funny.

"I have always liked Pokemon. I'm a 31-year-old married man with kids - I don't even have the excuse of being a student!

"I just thought it would be nice to have it in the office."

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