When inviting people to a birthday party on Facebook, it's a wise idea to keep the invitations private, as this small Dutch town suffered an onslaught of thousands of party goers on Friday night.
15-year-old Merthe Weusthuis posted a video invitation to her 16th birthday party on her Facebook page. However, she forgot to make the invite private, and her small town in the Netherlands was invaded by thousands of people on Friday.
The invitation went viral on the Internet, with some 30,000 people reportedly signing up for the party and the girl's family actually went into hiding, as the town, which has a population of 18,000, braced itself for the onslaught of party goers.
Street signs were removed, streets were closed off and alcohol was banned at the local train station as the Groningen commuter town of Haren readied itself for thousands of youngsters on Friday evening.
As violence spread in the small community, six people were reportedly injured, a car was set on fire, street signs and lamp posts were vandalized and shops were looted. Some 34 people were arrested. Local police chiefs told a news conference on Saturday morning that 500 police officers, including 250 riot police, had been involved in the operation.
References have been made to "Project X", a comedy movie with a similar theme. Now Merthe's party is being dubbed "Project X Haren."
Video screen capture
Here is one of many offshoot videos produced and published on YouTube, after the invitation started going viral:
And this video might possibly be the original posted by Merthe on YouTube: