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If you’re incredibly drunk—so drunk that you will not remember important events that are occurring around you—try to resist selling your car for $579 in order to raise funds to continue getting drunker. Before you scoff and call this advice “unreasonable” and “absurd” and say things like “Erik, you sound like fun on weekends,” just know that there is a very important lesson behind this.

A man in New Zealand got drunk and sold his car for $579 to drink more over the weekend. Well, his plan to trade his wheels for more booze must have worked, because when he woke up the following morning he could not remember the events of the previous night. He assumed his car was stolen and called police.

The Daily Post described what happened after that:

The man went to the Rotorua police station at the weekend to tell police his car was gone and someone must have stolen it while he was out.

The reality was, the man sold the vehicle for [$579] to allow him to keep drinking, but given his intoxicated state, he couldn’t remember when he woke in the morning, Senior Sergeant Dennis Murphy of the Rotorua police said.

“Thankfully the man who bought the car checked the registration the next day on the CarJam website as he was worried it might be stolen.”

The car’s buyer eventually met up with police.

“The man came into the station with the car to let us know what had happened. We were able to get in touch with the original owner and told them to sort it out between them.”

Police then dispensed some good advice.

“The lesson here is don’t drink and sell cars.”

See? It’s not just me saying it. The guy’s just lucky he woke up with all of his organs.