Email mix-up lands Aussie a Thanksgiving dinner
After a long-running email mix-up, an Australian man has enjoyed his first Thanksgiving in the United States with a family he has never met before.
James West had been receiving group emails from a family in Florida for three years, but they were intended for a different James West from the US.
After reading some of the emails and looking at the Tran’s family photos, curiosity got the better of the young Sydney journalist.
Earlier this week, James decided to confess on YouTube that he was not the real James West, in the hope that they would invite him over for a real Thanksgiving dinner.
“For the first few years I just kind of wrote it off, deleted all of [the emails], I thought it was spam,” he says in the video “plea”, which was posted on the internet a few days ago.
“This video is to come clean to the Tran family and to say I’m sorry for perving on your Thanksgiving preparations for three years. But it’s also a plea to the Tran family to say, can I come to Thanksgiving?”
They said yes, and the Sydneysider headed to West Palm Beach, Florida, for a Thanksgiving under very unusual circumstances.
“It’s bizarre. You know that feeling of getting a weird email in your inbox? That happened to me dozens and dozens of times,” said Mr West, who was speaking to ABC Breakfast’s Fran Kelly from the Tran family home today.
“Fran, who’s one of the Trans, she just said: ‘It feels like you’re already part of the family’. They picked me up from the airport at 6am… and it’s all just flowing really nicely.”
As requested by the Tran family, James brought some canned corn, but it was confiscated by customs at the airport.
However, it did not spoil what was an “amazing meal”, according to James on his latest YouTube video, with the Tran family in the background.
“[It’s] one that I’ll definitely remember, that’s for sure,” he said.
And according to the Aussie James West, the real James West is “a champ”.
“He’s just a regular dude living in Florida, loving the sun, running a surf shop, surfing a whole lot.”
Local media has shown an interest in James’ American adventure and he is due to return to Sydney on Monday.
And that guy is not at all creepy, of course. . .