Polish Hammer Thrower Gets Hammered, Pays For Taxi With Gold Medal
Rick Chandler 12:28 pm, August 25th, 2015
What, no tip?
Poland's Pawel Fajdek won the gold medal in the hammer throw at the World Championships in Beijing on Sunday, and decided to go out and celebrate. And that's where the story gets murky and a bit hilarious.
Pawel Fajdek after hammer win: "The medal got sweeter taste as my room mate gets the bronze. It will be a big party tonight."
But at the end of the night, the gold medal was gone. Here's the initial report.
The Legal Evening News reports on Monday that Pawel Fajdek lost his fresh-earned gold medal when he took a taxi out for dinner with his friends on Sunday. The athlete then reported the case to the local police in Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Having the gold medal back at his hands, Pawel Fajdek expressed great appreciation to the local police for pulling out their efforts to help him.
Yeah, well, here's what really happened, via Business Insider:
According to Chinese media reports, Fajdek went out to a bar, caught a taxi home, and paid for the ride with his new gold medal.
The next morning, he called police in Beijing's Chaoyang District, and after retracing his steps, they found the taxi driver, who said that Fajdek voluntarily handed over the medal to pay for the ride. The driver eventually gave it back.