Facebook frenzy at British teen’s birthday bashDecember 3rd, 2008 - 1:10 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 3(IANS) The popularity of Facebook led to an ordeal for a British couple who found to their horror that hundreds of people had gatecrashed into their house for their daughter’s 16th birthday bash, which was advertised on the social networking site.Michael and Sylvia Hobday, an affluent couple from Brighton, East Sussex, decided to celebrate their daughter’s 16th birthday in a grand manner at their four-storey town house.
Inspired by the MTV reality series, “My Super Sweet 16″, which documents wealthy teenagers preparing their coming-of-age parties, they invited 100 guests for Georgina’s birthday via an online invitation list.
The guests showed up on time and the parents left after initial pleasantries so that the teenagers could have a good time together. But they left behind four adult carers to see that the party did not jump the tracks.
In less than an hour after the couple left, Michael received a call from the police, saying the party was out of control.
The scene horrified Sylvia when the couple returned home. There were more than 300 people, mostly adults, in the house and on the lawns, partying and boozing and creating a ruckus, reports The Independent.
“The garden has been ruined, the grass is mud, people were walking through the pond and I heard one boy was trying to head-butt the mirror. Some people were climbing up the balcony and trying to get through the windows. My floor was blackened with dirt and there were cigarette burn marks around the bottom of the door,” Sylvia said.
The four adult carers said they could do nothing but stand by as the people gatecrashed.
“I think Facebook is a major cause, as well as texting. I heard that a Bluetooth alert was going round saying ‘hot party close to the Seven Dials’,” Sylvia added.
Inspector Andy Richardson of Sussex Police said: “There was a sea of people, the place was overrun and it was difficult to move, which was a major safety problem that required a lot of police time and resources.”
The unwanted guests were forced out close to midnight. No arrests were made.