HR Departments will no doubt have been subjected to a few dubious excuses as to why an employee won't be starting work on time, but this one has to take the biscuit. And it's a true story.
22-year old Thomas Wopat-Moreau left a party in the early hours a few days back, doubtless thinking about his impending career move - he was due to start at Barclays Wealth on Tuesday. But disaster struck as Wopat-Moreau lost control of his 2005 silver BWM convertible, which came to rest 480-feet down an embankment, finishing upside down hidden by a large tree off the Taconic State Parkway in southern Columbia County, New York state.
Despite having little feeling in his legs, our hero managed to crawl 120 feet from the vehicle, but then got stuck in a swamp. He then spent the next 100 hours (yes, over 4 days), in the swamp crying out for help. He drank the swamp water to survive.
Although police helicopters searched the area as soon as they were notified that the soon-to-be banker was missing, they were unable to find him. In the end, the authorities managed to narrow his location down to a 3-square mile radius, after tracking him via his (out of power) cell phone, and he was subsequently discovered by a state trooper.
Now back home and resting up, Wopat-Moreau won't be joining Barclays Wealth just yet. One banker told Here Is The City: 'If that kid shows the kind of determination to succeed in his career as he did to survive in that swamp, he'll soon be transferred to Barclays Capital!'.
Sources - The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Ploughkeepsie Journal