She Used Her Parents' Card to Rent a Party House. It Did Not End Well

Parents agree to pay $20K for repairs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2018 4:15 AM CDT
Updated Mar 13, 2018 6:13 AM CDT
Parents Out $20K After Teen Rents House for Party
Police say they had reports of an "uncontrolled party."   (Getty Images)

A party that left a house in West Vancouver, Canada, trashed should serve as a lesson to teenagers, parents, and people who rent out homes online, police say. Authorities say a 14-year-old girl used her parents' credit card—without their permission—to rent out a luxury home for the March 9 party, the CBC reports. Police spokesman Const. Jeff Palmer says that after police received multiple reports of a "major disturbance," they turned up to find a "swarm" of around 200 young teenagers fleeing the property. Inside, there was "smashed artwork, furniture that was smashed, walls kicked in, furniture and other articles tossed off a balcony into a hot tub, very extensive damage that would take some effort to clean up, let alone repair," says Palmer, who didn't name the rental service the teen used.

The girl told investigators that the party was planned for around 40 people but it rapidly grew out of control. Her family agreed to pay for damage estimated at $20,000, and the homeowner agreed not to press charges, CTV reports. Palmer tells Global News that the incident should send a message "in terms of young people thinking it might be a good idea to have a party at any place where it could be difficult to control who shows up ... to a parent who would want to review how much access to and control of banking information their teenager has." He says it should also remind people who rent out properties online that they should take steps to determine who's actually showing up to rent the property. (This couple found a hidden camera in the bedroom of a rented condo.)

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