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'You're it:' Woman flies over 4,000 miles just to "tag" her friend in an epic, international game of tag

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Georgina Wilkinson is no longer "it."

Not that it was easy. As a matter of fact, the American traveled over 4,000 miles from North Carolina to Loch Lomond, Scotland on June 18 in order to tag her friend, thereby ridding herself of the burden of being "it."

Drew McEwan was left speechless when Georgina Wilkinson, disguised as a gardener, appeared at his niece’s christening, tagged him, and ran away laughing hysterically directly to the airport, apparently, where she hopped on an eight-hour flight back to North Carolina.

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According to the Daily Record, Drew, Georgina, and either others have been playing international tag for the past four years after a chance meeting in China. This story might sound familiar if you’ve been to the movies recently; "Tag" a film based on this exact premise starring Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner, was released this past weekend. It tells the true-life story of a group of friends who kept a game of tag going for over 25 years.

Not only had Georgina been planning the surprise for months, leaning on Drew’s siblings for their discretion as well as a ride from the airport, Drew’s sister Angela actually offered her own daughter’s baptism as the setting for Georgina’s elaborate ploy.

It all went down when Drew was tricked by the baptism photographer, who was also in on the joke. He directed McEwan to ask the "gardener" to move out of the background of the shot. That’s when Wilkinson revealed herself, tagged McEwan as "it," and made her legendary getaway.

"My brother and sister had been planning it for months with Georgina behind my back," the 31-year-old told the Daily Record. "I’ve never felt so betrayed by my own flesh and blood."

He  went on to explain how quickly the incident unfolded. "I didn’t even get a chance to talk to Georgina. You have to just tag and run, you can’t stay and chat," Drew said. "I was in shock that she’d put so much effort into it. Flying over from America and back in one day is unbelievable. She had to make sure she was home in plenty of time for work on Monday."

Now it’s Drew’s turn to tag a pal.  "Obviously I’m not pleased with the bar Georgina’s raised for me but I must admit it was brilliantly executed," he said. "I’m not telling a soul what I’m planning though. I’ll need to keep it as much as a surprise as Georgina did with me."

Georgina is grateful Angela let her crash her baby’s baptism, and concluded her tale with this simple message: "Sorry Drewbs, you are now... it."


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