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178,000 Fine for Facebook Party

Not-so-bright sparky Matthias Lutz who earns 400 GBP a month as a trainee electrician has been sent a 178,000 bill after a party he organised on Facebook ended up with thousands signing up to attend - prompting a massive police operation.

The 20-year-old had invited people to a pool party in Constance, located in south-west Germany, at the western end of Lake Constance.

But when thousands signed up to attend 283 police officers were drafted in for crowd control, and the local media were used to urge people not to attend.

The cost for call out that the youngster will now have to pay includes 150,000 GBP for the police officers, 4,000 GBP for the helicopter, 8,000 compensation to the city and a fine of 4,000. One storekeeper is also claiming 12,000 for lost business.

Police Michael Raff said: "We need to set an example."

German Herald

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