A man who paid full price for an Alton Towers ticket has been detained for psychiatric reports.
The man, who doesn't want to be named for fear of public humiliation, arrived unannounced with his wife and two children at the popular attraction's ticket booth where he requested a family ticket.
Derek Jarvis (25) was manning the booth at the time and recalls the incident very clearly. "He looked like a very ordinary bloke, and his family where what I would call run-of-the-mill. I was gobsmacked when he handed over a credit card - and nothing else along with it. I was waiting for the cereal box vouchers, the newspaper coupons, the Facebook, the Groupon, the two-for-one flyer, the student discount, the annual pass, the manager's apology letter in response to a complaint about a former visit. But nothing. Not even a Blue Peter badge. There is no 'full price' button on the till so I had to sell him two 'mid-season adults go free family specials'. I said, 'Haven't you forgotten something?' 'No I don't think so,' he replied, quite calmly, and tapped in his PIN.
"I called my superviser and she straight away pressed the panic button."
The man and his family were later released to enjoy the theme park but as the news got about, the remainder of their day was ruined as they encountered finger pointing and hysterical laughter at every turn. Reprints of the family's log flume photo quickly became a top seller in the gift shop.
"I don't know why they think this is so amusing," the man was heard to say. "I was just spending a bit of the cash we were fortunate to save when buying a sofa. Who would have thought I'd be lucky enough to pop in to DFS on the day of their sale?"