Nova Scotia man Nick Burchill has been banned from the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C for the last 17 years. Why? Well, he finally got the courage to explain the hilariously unfortunate circumstances that led to his ban in a recent Facebook post that has gone viral on Facebook.

It all started back in 2001, thanks to some ‘Brother’s Pepperoni,’ a local delicacy from Nick’s hometown of Halifax. His Navy buddies on the other side of the country wanted to get their hands on some, so Nick brought over an entire suitcase, as you do. As an Australian living abroad I can definitely sympathize with this, many a suitcase of Vegemite has found its way over to me by hook or by crook.

Anyway, after his baggage was misplaced by the airline for a whole day, and with his hotel room having no fridge, Nick had to come up with another solution to deal with the slow and smelly spoilage of his meat-suitcase. What unfolded next was an absolute shit-show of comedy events and poor choices, with the situation hilariously deteriorating into a seagull-infested mess and a lifetime ban for Nick. But what about the pepperoni? Did any survive seagull-geddon? I managed to rinse off some vac-packs that the seagulls could not penetrate and pass them along,” Nick told Bored Panda. “The recipients only just found out about that today.”

With the ban weighing heavily on his conscience for all these years, Nick decided that it was time for a peace offering. “I have matured and I admit responsibility for my actions,” he wrote. “I come to you, hat-in-hand to apologize for the damage I had indirectly come to cause and to ask you reconsider my lifetime ban from the property. I hope that you will see fit to either grant me a pardon, or consider my 18 year away from the empress as “time served”.

Seems like Nick has made peace with the seagulls too, even though he could be forgiven for holding a grudge. “I’m cool with gulls now,” he told us. “And I will most certainly be going back to the Empress; this time under the close supervision of my wife and children.”

Scroll down below to read Nick’s hilarious story for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Nick Burchill has been banned for 17 years from the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C, for the most bizarre reason

In a hilarious letter to the hotel, which has gone viral on Facebook, he explains why

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