DIARY: Suspect sprinkler has Durden's boys Leaving Las Vegas - in a hurry

Jonathan Durden may be the undisputed don of strategic media planning, but there were fears he could have ended up sleeping with the fishes following an altercation in a Las Vegas hotel.

Durden, his businessman cousin and his cousin's best mate had organised a lads' trip to the capital of kitsch. Having arrived at the glitzy New York New York hotel after a 22-hour journey, the knackered chaps got to their rooms and decided to freshen up before hitting the roulette wheels.

Having showered, and just 30 minutes into his holiday, one of the party decided to freshen his damp towel by shaking it in the air. According to Durden, the hotel sprinkler system interpreted this as a sort of nuclear attack and showered the room with a flood of smelly rusty water.

The trio looked on in horror as their white suits, suede boots and other essential Vegas apparel disappeared in the torrent. But worse was to come when a SWAT team of security staff invaded the room, led by a three-fingered oaf.

The trio, already shaken by the ordeal of having been showered with filthy water and their clothes ruined, then had to suffer the indignity of having $9,000 debited directly from their credit cards without being informed.

The hotel "didn't have insurance", apparently, and refused to believe the sprinklers hadn't been tampered with - one of the security staff had "overheard" Durden and friends planning this master conspiracy.

To date, they remain out of pocket.

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