Facebook has been known to instigate "viral parties" that attract massive amounts of people after events pages are passed about online. Sounds like fun, right?
Andrew Poole was having a party for his 30th birthday, so he listed it on Facebook. The party was being held in a field. It was scheduled to continue late into the night. There were 17 confirmed guests. The police clearly had a rave on their hands.
On the day of the party, it was a little rainy, so the 15 guests gathered in the gazebo. That's when the police showed up. There were eight officers in a riot van dressed in camouflage. A helicopter hovered over the scene for 25 minutes. Here's Poole's take: "They told us to take down the sound system and said everybody has got to leave. It was 4pm and we had not plugged in the music. What effectively police did was to stop 15 people eating burgers.”
The rebuttal from the police: "On this occasion, we were extremely concerned how the event had been advertised on the internet as an all night party and it was therefore necessary to take the appropriate steps to stop the event."