How Not to Tell 175 Million People About Your House Party
Poor Rachel Ross learned she should have modified the Facebook security option for "friends" or even "friends of friends" the hard way -- after her parents' home in Merseyside, England was destroyed by party-crashing thugs.
Coming on the heels of the PleaseRobMe hullabaloo, Ross is a prime example of the repercussions of oversharing in the digital age.
As a result of Rachel's online "popularity," police are investigating more than fifty social media savvy hooligans who forced their way into the Ross house and trashed it after hearing about the party on Facebook.
While Ross' parents were away at a wedding, Rachel, 15, opened the gates of their three-story house near Liverpool to some expert party crashers who urinated on beds and ransacked the home of jewelry and antiques that included a World War II bayonet and a Napoleonic broadsword. According to reports in the British press, the destruction included laundry and carpets covered in red paint, egged windows, a microwaved TV remote, the sticky aftermath of a sauce fight, bubble bath poured into a television, and a (ahem) personally christened christening gift. The stolen goods included two laptops, phones, an Xbox and a Wii console.
The cost of the wrecking spree has been estimated between $10,000 and $20,000.
"The smell is outrageous," Rachel's dad Michael Ross told the BBC. "As soon as you walk in, it just hits you. It's like a blocked toilet or the pub the next day."
The elder Ross told reporters his daughter is devastated, stating: "Rachel is gutted."
So, too, we might add, is the house. Lesson learned: Keep your parties private.