West Vancouver Teens Caused $20K In Damage While Partying in a Rental Home
They threw furniture into the hot tub.
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West Vancouver cops had to break up a house party Friday at a short-term rental home where teenagers caused $20,000 in damage.
According to the North Shore News, the “character home,” located in one of Canada’s wealthiest municipalities, was rented by a 14-year-old girl who used her parents’ credit card behind their backs. She apparently only intended for a few dozen friends to show up, but instead around 200 rowdy teens crashed the party and boy did they fuck shit up.
West Vancouver police spokesman Jeff Palmer told the North Shore News the havoc included “artwork smashed, furniture smashed, damage to the walls, furniture tossed into the hot tub. Just a really long, long list of damage that by the owners’ estimate is somewhere in the neighbourhood of $20,000.” He said when the cops were called, at around 8:30 PM, (learn to pace yourselves, guys), “kids were flooding out all over the place.”
The girls’ parents have reportedly agreed to pay for the damage, so the owner isn’t going to press charges. According to the News, the home goes for $600 a night and is listed on Airbnb and VRBO, another site used for short-term rental properties.
Neighbour Michael Markwick told the North Shore News “the streets stank of Jägermeister” when the party was broken up. He said bass from the rager caused the whole neighbourhood to shake and that even after getting busted the teenage hellions were setting off fireworks. As someone who once worked in West Vancouver, I would take his words with a grain of salt—the place basically doubles as a retirement community, where one of most contentious issues is tree-cutting bylaws. Having said that, these kids do sound like legitimate little shits.
Palmer said the issue sparks concern about how parents control their children’s access to credit cards. Maybe that’s the case for rich kids, but I know if I had taken my parents’ card and caused $20,000 of damage I would learn my lesson by going to jail.
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