Facebook Blunder Leads to Craziest Sweet 16 Party Ever

facebook inviteThis may go down in the record books as one of the craziest 16th birthday parties of all time: A teenage girl in Germany was forced to flee her own party after she forgot to mark her birthday invitation as private on Facebook and more than 1,500 guests showed up.

It was a simple mistake, really: The girl, identified only as Thessa, had originally intended to invite only a few close friends to her home to celebrate her birthday and posted an invitation to Facebook. But she forgot to check her privacy settings and mistakenly published it so that everyone on Facebook could see it.

In the hours immediately preceding the party, some 15,000 people had RSVP'd they were attending -- that's not a party, that's a riot!


Despite the fact that Thessa's parents made her cancel the party, 1,500 teenagers and young adults still showed up to celebrate. Around 100 police officers -- some on horses -- were called to keep the crowd under control. And one officer was even injured when he tried to keep a party reveler from breaking off the Mercedes-Benz logo of his patrol car. Talk about a crazy party!

It definitely makes for a hilarious story, but you've got to wonder about people who would show up to a random party at the house of a young girl they've never met. Is that really the most considerate way to react to what was obviously a mistaken invitation?

At least some party attendees were there for the right reasons: It was reported that in addition to presents and cake, guests held up signs that read, "Where is Thessa?" and chanted, "Thessa, celebrating a birthday is not a crime."

Thessa, for her part, had fled the scene and apparently celebrated her birthday with her grandparents at an undisclosed location. Poor Thessa had to miss all the fun! (Although I'm guessing she was quite involved with the cleanup.)

Would you show up to a random party that you found on Facebook?


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