The man branded a “drunk idiot” after wrecking a Christmas tree pub staff had spent hours decorating has now given his side of the story.
Video footage shows Thomas Paul walking up stairs in the Ivor Davies in Canton , Cardiff, at around closing time on Sunday before putting his leg over the banister.
The 26-year-old then jumps over the side before landing on the tree – knocking it over and sending decorations flying across the Cowbridge Road boozer.
Pub staff at the Wetherspoon pub were left unimpressed – but forklift driver Thomas said he’d do it all again and he was “off my trumpet”.
Speaking on Tuesday he said: “Basically I was really p***ed and I had not been asleep for a couple of days.
“I just thought I would jump. One of the boys told me to do it, it didn’t take much persuasion.
“I was just in the Christmas spirit.”
The video has been shared on Facebook gaining thousands of views and hundreds of comments.
Before Thomas jumps onto the tree another drinker can be heard telling him to stop, and after destroying the tree another is heard saying: “Are you serious? Did that just f**king happen?”
Thomas is then heard saying “sorry I fell”.
Staff at the pub called him a “drunk idiot” and said he was barred from the establishment.
One pub worker said: “We spent four hours decorating the pub. We’ve got a Santa’s Grotto for the children, and then some drunk idiot wants to come along and ruin it all.
“Staff were here until late getting it ready. I did a 12 hour shift to make sure it was.
“He turned around to tell me he had an epileptic fit and that’s why he did it. I watched him jump off the top.
“People think it’s funny but it’s not at all. Last year this pub did not have Christmas decorations. But we’ve got new management and we tried to do something with it to make it more festive. We’re just disappointed.”
Thomas said he can’t remember using that excuse, but said he doesn’t regret what he did.
He said: “They [the staff] just looked shocked. They just seen someone falling from the balcony. I can’t remember saying I’d had an epileptic fit.
“We just bought one beer in there – I had been on a two day bender.”
Thomas said he was left with a couple of grazes up his arm after the fall.
Although pub staff and people on social media condemned his actions, Thomas said he’d do it all again.
He said: “They have got to expect that haven’t they, it’s going to happen. I would do it all again I would. I think it’s funny to be honest.”
The pub said Thomas left before he could be thrown out.
South Wales Police said on Sunday evening they received reports of criminal damage at the pub and no arrests have been made.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “The customer is now banned and will no longer be welcome in the pub.
“The police have been informed and the pub will be handing over its CCTV to assist the police.
“The tree will be replaced and we can guarantee customers that the pub will have its Christmas tree up in due course.”