‘Scary’ New Trend?

While it’s not unheard of for a student to throw a party while their parents are out of town, a new trend seems to be developing in Los Angeles — throwing party at strangers’ houses, after hearing they’re out of town.

Last weekend, two houses in upscale neighborhoods of LA were broken into, quickly becoming the scene of out of-control parties. Police say the young ones had a “free for all” at the strangers’ houses, committing vandalism, stealing things, and “basically trashing” the place.

Most recently, police in riot gear had to break up a gathering of more than 500 people in Holmby Hills (an upscale area of Los Angeles) after someone found out the family was away, and spread the news over Facebook and Twitter.

Rachel Newman, who lives next door to where the party occurred, reported that people started arriving around 10:30 p.m. “like a swarm of bees.” “They were coming in cars. They were coming in cabs,” she recalled. She called the police, but by the time they arrived in the form of two lone female police officers, there were already more than 200 people in the house.

“They were just so brave,” the Newman said. “These two women were in the middle and all these kids’ iPhones were like torches and they were waving them and singing, ‘… the police,’ ‘… the police.’ I was thinking, ‘I don’t think Steve Jobs would like his iPhone to be used in that way.’”

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