A US couple strapped for cash staged a fake proposal in a ruse to receive free drinks from kind strangers.
Despite only dating for one month, Adam Carroll and girlfriend Corinne Miller weren't shy about staging a public marriage proposal in full view of customers at an Atlanta bar.
The scheme worked, with the pair managing to score free shots from generous strangers with help from a bartender and customer who were clued into their con.
"People started buying us shots and congratulating us - it was hilarious and definitely a great way to get free drinks," Corinne told UK tabloid The Daily Mirror .
The couple then moved onto their second bar, where they were treated to celebratory drinks in honour of their fake engagement.
Six months later, 28-year-old Adam got down on one knee for real, popping the question at his birthday party before friends and family.
Corinne was quick to say yes to her "best friend".
"We both have the exact same humour - that's one of the main components of our relationship," the 29-year-old photographer said.
"I'm happy we did it - it definitely saved us some cash so Adam could get me a real engagement ring!"