Well, that's one way to get out of jury duty! This heart-warming scene that played out in a Dublin court is being compared to something out of Love Actually.
Yesterday at the Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin, a court reporter witnessed a scene straight out of a romantic blockbuster and shared it all on Twitter.
As potential jurors were being interviewed by the judge, one man said he would not be able to serve because he was going away for the weekend.
When the judge told him that the court wasn't in session over the weekend, he clarified that he'd be going away until Monday and it was because:
"I'm 54, a bachelor, and it's my first time in love."
How did the judge respond?
He told the man to leave and gave him his blessing!
Jury selection, CCJ, yesterday.
Man: I can’t serve; I’m away for weekend.
Judge: We don’t sit at weekends.
Man: I’m away till Monday. I’m 54, a bachelor & it’s my 1st time in love.
Judge: Then you GO and you GO with my blessing.
It was truly an epic moment ❤️— Sarah-Jane Murphy (@sjanemurf) December 13, 2017
For the cynical souls wondering if this was the world's most brilliant ploy for getting out of jury duty, the journalist, Sarah-Jane Murphy, assured the Irish Independent that the man was the real deal:
"Sarah-Jane reveals that the man spoke hesitantly at first but then with more confidence when he delivered his reason for not being able to serve.
'The judge broke into a broad smile and the man walked away grinning,' she revealed, 'The woman beside me turned to me and said, 'Did I imagine that?'"
What a moment!
If you were the judge, would you have dismissed the lovebird from jury duty? Tell us in the comment section.