A SCOTS barman got a nasty surprise at work after a prankster signed him up for a prisoner pen pal scheme.
Lee Connelly says he is scared to open a letter – stamped “Inmate mail. Not responsible for contents” – which came all the way from the US state of Kentucky.
The letter which made its way some 3,700 miles to the Savoy Nightclub in Glasgow was from convicted drug trafficker Chris Weedman.
Weedman, 28, is serving a lengthy sentence at the Little Sandy Correction Complex, and was presumably keen to add a Scot to his list of pen pals.
But Lee, 25, from Carntyre, Glasgow, insists he is the victim of a practical joke.
Writing on his Facebook page, he told pals: “So a letter turns up in Savoy for me from an American prison.
“So apparently I have a prison pen pal…Seriously!?
“Has some c*** signed me up for a prison pal?
“Random as f***, little scared to open it.
“Omg, I need to be under like police protection.”
However eager friends have already been messaging him to find out what’s inside.
Andrea Barclay wrote: “My inner nosey b****** got to me, I’m holding it up to the light trying to read it.”
Weedman describes himself as open and honest and appeals for new friends through his online “Write A Prisoner” profile.
It reads: “Dear Friends, I was born and raised in Harlan County, Kentucky but I’ve been living back and forth between there and Ft. Myers, Florida for a while now.
“I’m serving time for trafficking a controlled substance 1st degree, 5 counts.
“A few of the things that interest me and I enjoy doing are working out and just about anything else there is to do with sports or physical activity.
“I also enjoy reading and conducting studies on whatever may seem to interest me at the time.
“I like to meet new people and make new friends. I consider myself to be an outgoing, kind hearted and open minded person.
“I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and sharing common interests and developing friendships.
“I’ve chosen writeaprisoner.com to help me find these friends.
“I’m very open and honest so feel free to ask me anything.
“I look forward to hearing from you.”