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Tourist left walking around lake for days after date with local woman



Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi – An American man vacationing in Hanoi as part of a Southeast Asia backpacking trip was found unconscious at the edge of Hoàn Kiếm Lake this morning, with bloody stumps in place of where his feet should have been.

Ben Jenkins, 25 from Seattle, reportedly went on a date with a local woman he met on the popular matchmaking app, Lay a Tây, the evening prior to being found.

“We agreed to meet in the Old Quarter and walk around the lake,” said a visibly shaken Jenkins, “I thought it sounded a bit boring, but that it would be a good chance to wow her with my exotic backpacking stories. I normally lead with the one about when I did Angkor Wat after a 24-hour booze, balloons, and mystery powder bender.”

“I have a great photo of a pile of my puke in the foreground of one of those shitty temples as the sun rises,” he added, “Majestic, man.”

According to testimony given by Jenkins to local police, the two walked around Hoàn Kiếm Lake six times before buying ice cream and sitting on a bench to chat about pets, marriage, and intersectional feminism.

“After the ice cream we started walking again – I was beginning to wonder if it’d ever end,” he says. “That’s when I lost sight of her in a group of Koreans dressed as bananas.

“I would have just said fuck it and went to look for a happy ending place, but I couldn’t work out the local SIM cards, so I just kept walking, looking for her. Oh god, what have I done?”

Jenkins was found the next morning with pus and blood oozing out from his mangled legs and third-degree brain freeze, presumably from eating copious amounts of matcha ice cream.

His date on the evening in question has been identified as Nguyen Chi Phuong, 23 from Hanoi.

The Durian was contacted the following afternoon by a man who also claimed to have walked around the lake with Phuong, barely escaping with his feet intact. He wished to remain anonymous.

The anonymous caller – Alexander Smythe, 24 from Nottingham, UK who works at Fun Speak English Centre on 27B Nguyen Chi Thanh Street – told The Durian that he was subjected to an evening of drinking bubble tea and walking around the same lake after meeting Phuong on February 16th.

“She talked about how she wasn’t ready to get married yet,” said Smythe, “But then she kept asking me if I wanted to marry a Vietnamese girl. To be honest, I didn’t really get what she was after.

“We walked around the lake a couple of times and then I lost her in a group of Koreans dressed as watermelons. I said, ‘fuck it’ and went to look for a happy ending.”

Smythe traversed the lake a few more times before migrating to a nearby craft beer bar which serves his favourite apricot fart infused beverages, where it is believed he eventually blacked out and went back to the lake. He was picked up by local police in the middle of the night circling a roundabout in a cyclo.

Local police officer Pham Dang Duc confirmed that there have been several reports of foreigners in Hanoi being left to wander aimlessly around lakes like lost children in recent months. He was unwilling to comment on how many had been found with mangled limbs.

“We pick them up and drop them at Spy Bar where they can drown their sorrows,” said Duc, “They usually look very confused, but we just tell them that it’s all okay and then they calm down.

“The Tây is a solitary creature that adapts to the presence of other life forms by warming itself up with alcohol, so one must take care not to startle it,” he added.   

Duc also confirmed that the local authorities are aware of Korean tourists dressed as fruit and that measures are being taken to contain the situation.

At press time, our reporter was taking a picture for a Korean couple dressed as cartons of milk.  



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