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Facebook party brings trains to standstill

The Local · 18 Aug 2012, 11:05

Published: 18 Aug 2012 11:05 GMT+02:00

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It wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last time that teenagers take advantage of their parents being away on holiday and decide to host a party.

But the fifteen-year-old twin brothers in the southern German town of Freiburg may not have known what they were letting themselves in for when they sent out an open invitation on the social networking site.

The guest list swelled from an expected 30-40 guests to around 350 people and it wasn’t long before the party got out of control.

Rioters threw bottles and cans on the street, damaged cars, and destroyed furniture in the hosts’ house and garden.

When the revelers finally agreed to leave, they caused delays on nearby railway lines, forcing police to halt the passage of trains as a precautionary measure for around 25 minutes.

"We have now have a huge amount of work on our hands because someone was too stupid to work out how to use a social networking site properly,” said a police spokesman.

The police must now decide who foots the bill for Thursday night’s chaos. "The exact extent of the damages has yet to be determined," the police said.

Police have recently been forced to launch a number of costly operations to clear up after similar mass parties were organized using Facebook.

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Earlier this month German state interior ministers put forward a proposal to make Facebook help pay for the police operations following illegal parties organised using the network.

"Facebook does not meet its responsibilities to protect its users, if the only difference between an invitation to friends and the whole world is just one mouse-click," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. "Facebook has a duty to protect its users and the public with appropriate warnings and preventative measures."

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13:43 August 18, 2012 by Dayzee
As stupid as it was on the part of the teenagers to not set up the party invitation properly, it was equally as stupid on the part of the hundreds of non-invited people to just up and go to an obviously private party.

Instead of putting the blame on Facebook, let's start putting the blame on selfish, stupid people who will do anything for a bit of enjoyment without realising the consequences.
14:53 August 18, 2012 by blackboot11
@Dayzee: very well stated, to the point and I agree completely.

if you choose to use a service or platform then understand its rules and the way it works before you hit the send button. No one to blame here other than the twins and the party crashers.
17:11 August 18, 2012 by coffeelover
Just another reason why I do not have FB account anymore. Why do uninvited people feel the need to trash personal, and public property? No morals? I do not understand. Dayzee, u r correct.
12:03 August 19, 2012 by raandy
A hard learned lesson, hopefully their peers profited by these dim wits experience.
17:43 August 19, 2012 by sally#
The convenience of the social network will be a bad thing,sometimes. Like the incident above, a party meant to be very happy turned out to be a mess. And Facebook has an unshirkable responsibility in this case.
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