When father of three Jim Patterson turned up for work with a mug bearing the words “Best Dad In The world”, colleagues congratulated him on his achievement and he seemed to be in line for a celebratory shag with Debbie, the office bike. A keyring with the same inscription followed. But all was not as it seemed.
Mr Patterson was, in the words of Detective Inspector Wilkins of the Metropolitan Police “a serial fantasist with a shallow grip on reality”.
A search of the Patterson home found several crude – almost childish – paintings with such labels as “Best dad ever” and “I love you Dad, you’re the best”.
All these claims were false; Mr Patterson has never been voted Best Dad In The World, and even failed to make the British finals following an unfortunate incident involving the wrong Barbie last Christmas.
Mr Patterson might have got away with the deception, but a sharp-eyed colleague checked the World Parenting Database and found that Mr Patterson wasn’t in the top 1,000 parents, and could never have qualified for the mug.
DI Wilkins issued a warning to members of the public to be vigilant. “God knows how many of these mugs and keyrings are in circulation. It may seem like a victimless crime, but a lie is a lie”.