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(Seattle Times)   Grandma throws kegger for teens and barricades them in until sober. One drunk kid jumps out a 3rd story window to escape.   ( divider line
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2001-10-24 03:52:10 PM  
I never knew Larry Johnson would do such a thing.
2001-10-24 03:53:29 PM  
If that kid was smart he would have slide down the funnel that was extended from the 3rd story to the ground.
2001-10-24 03:53:45 PM  
My cousin knocked over a big storage mailbox thingie on the weekend. "Hey, stop moving!" he said as it toppled. What a guy.
2001-10-24 03:56:14 PM  
I wonder if there was any hard liquer at the party. "Here, let me lock the 25 of you in this house where you can spill flamable liquid all over and light marijuana cigs."
2001-10-24 03:56:37 PM  
I only wish my grandma was that cool.
2001-10-24 03:57:38 PM  
Why would anyone try to escape from a kegger?
2001-10-24 03:58:54 PM  
I didn't think misspelling liquor was possible...
2001-10-24 04:00:02 PM  
The great thing about being drunk is the ability dive out the damn window three stories up thinking "This is a good idea"
2001-10-24 04:00:09 PM  
DrDave: An excellent question. I guess when you're 16 and don't go to school, you just don't know better. It's a shame.
2001-10-24 04:01:12 PM  
:::The fall occurred about 3a.m. ...........................
boy either jumped or staggered out of the window and fell to the driveway. When he was discovered about 9:40 a.m., he was unconscious. ::::

So no one noticed him laying in the driveway for hours.
I'm trying not to laugh, but it's hard not to.
2001-10-24 04:03:14 PM  
Wippuh- i actually know exactly what you're talking about. I pass that block of apartments every day on the way to Bally's...I think that funnel'd have to be pretty filthy by now though...
2001-10-24 04:06:48 PM  
maybe he was just making a run for munchies.

"I always knew that doritos would be the death of me"
2001-10-24 04:07:33 PM  
My grandmother just gave us icecream.
2001-10-24 04:08:25 PM  
I bet it would be too, you know it's awful to funnel a Corona and then follow it up with a Heineken or something else without washing the funnel out. Yuck.
2001-10-24 04:11:53 PM  
I hope this farking irresponsible Grandma coont gets thrown in jail for endangering these kids.........

but then again, if she is gonna give a party I guess locking them in is the best idea?.........
2001-10-24 04:13:20 PM  
At every party some moron always has to ruin all the fun.
2001-10-24 04:13:47 PM  
Poker in the back, liquor in the front.
2001-10-24 04:18:43 PM  
Ah - the best laid plans of mice and men are often gone astray. Pity.

Lunatic: Yeah - reminds me of The Onion article, "Fun Toy Banned Because of Three Stupid Kids."
2001-10-24 04:20:41 PM  
Granny gets a year without parol, and OJ gets off scot-free....... WHERE IS THE JUSTICE!!!?????
2001-10-24 04:24:35 PM  
Let's just hope she hired a stripper instead of.... euggh....
2001-10-24 04:25:45 PM  
so, what's the problem here? that kids were drinking? that an adult was trying to keep the kids from driving home drunk, and possibly killing themselves and others? that someone got drunk and did something stupid?

i just don't see what the big deal is. at least she was trying to come up with a workable solution to an age-old problem. underage people are going to experiment with all the things that adults do on a regular basis; that's how it's always been, and that's how it's always going to be. quit trying to solve the "problem" and just deal with the situation in the most logical, pragmatic fashion.
2001-10-24 04:26:13 PM  
Hey, I can misspell pretty much anything if I put my mind to it; and what I can't misspell, I can mistype. It's a talent that comes in handy for a programmer, let me tell you.
2001-10-24 04:34:24 PM  
Hey everybody I'm Superman!
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !
Arghhhhhhhhhhh !
2001-10-24 04:34:38 PM  
I'm soooo drunk... no kidding...... I was happy the freaking grandma took some responsibility for the kids. Yeah... she screwed up... but at least she didn't let them ALL almost die!
2001-10-24 04:41:40 PM  
Hey, grandma knew the kids would go drinking anyway so why not do it at home where she could keep an eye on them? Makes sense to me. But then I was raised in a house where my folks always said if I was going to drink alcohol and do drugs they'd rather it was at home so they knew I was safe.

I'm kind of wondering how they can charge a 16 year old kid with providing alcohol to minors when he couldn't get it legally himself. I though that was a law aimed at legal age adults.
2001-10-24 04:47:33 PM  
"The grandmother and her adult friend had apparently taken all the car keys and had somehow prevented the teenagers from getting out through the front door. "

if they were drunk enough to jump from a third story window, she probably only had to tape a piece of paper with the word "no" on it to keep them from getting out.
2001-10-24 05:03:25 PM  
I think the grandma had a good idea. Kids are going to drink anyway, so keep them home and safe. In high school my friend's parents used to let us have parties at their house under similar rules. After that, we rarely tried to sneak into bars and then drive home drunk.

Practical solutions are always opposed by those who refuse to accept reality ("My kids have never drunk alcohol in their entire lives, but that grandmother gave them a place to drink and now look what's happened!")
2001-10-24 05:06:59 PM  
While in hindsight she was foolish to take the risk of liability, what she did was much more sensible. She provided a safer environment than where those kids would have gone otherwise, but had the misfortune of one dumbass jumping off a ledge. She may well have prevented even more drunk driving deaths. If you think it is so awful that she would allow kids to drink, remember that if she didn't they wouldn't have showed up and would have gone somewhere else just like you did.
2001-10-24 05:12:57 PM  
My next door neighbor let her daughter throw a party like this, but she insulated herself a bit. First off, she stayed upstairs and never came down to check out the party. This insured that she never had any legal reason to suspect the kids were drinking underage. Secondly, she removed all alchohol from her home so that everything that came in was beyond her reach. They took up the keys and no one could leave.

Sadly, the next morning, someone STILL DRUNK got behind the wheel and ran their car into a tree just around the corner from the house and killed himself and one of the passengers.

I'm not sure what the moral is here, except that life is bitter, cruel, and beyond control.
2001-10-24 05:39:37 PM  
That's what they get for having a three story house. Farking rich arseholes.
2001-10-24 05:40:58 PM  
Granny should be congratulated for not letting anyone drive drunk or run wild! If you ask me having a drinking age is stupid. I had my first drink at 20--on the day I was married! I figured, I'm old enough to be married, I'm old enough to drink!

You're right Gr00vey--where the fark IS the justice in this?
2001-10-24 06:00:24 PM  
Preventing them from driving and attempting to lock them in the home are two rather different things. The first is a reasonable precaution. The second is an invitation for 25 kids to die of smoke inhalation when one of them sets the carpet on fire. Locking 25 drunk people in a house together is reckless endangerment.
2001-10-24 07:04:09 PM  
Reckless endangerment, reckless entertainment...depends on your point of view. :)

Still, she meant well....
Kat [TotalFark]
2001-10-24 07:46:11 PM  
i wonder if my nana would do this...

i think this is where officials should just look away, the grandmom was doing the "right" thing, notexactly he right thing, but the sesible thing (as many folks have said)
2001-10-24 07:51:09 PM  
"they are gonna drink anyway"

is the biggest pile of bullshiat reason... EVER!!

right or wrong it is against the law... she got off lucky.
2001-10-24 08:21:57 PM  
Maybe the party was lame, and he wanted out really bad.
2001-10-24 09:36:51 PM  
Ain't this the same crew that vaccinates their kids by having chickenpox parties?
2001-10-24 09:57:04 PM  
what the article failed to mention was a cat and 9 tails, a leather dominatrix outfit, and the grandmother using all 3
2001-10-24 10:16:22 PM  
Scarab that's really sad :(

My neighbors up the street went away one weekend and left their older son at home (he was in gr. 12 at the time). He had a huge party and the best-liked guy in the school somehow ended up outside with one boot and no jacket on (this was in January). He tried to walk home and passed out in the snow; the police found his body two days later.

I'm not blaming his death on this but his father was exactly like that grandmother. He 'endorsed' drunken parties at his apartment before all the hockey games. His reasoning was that they'd drink anyway so why not let it be somewhere that he could keep an eye on the kids. Well if that boy was lying on the driveway for almost 7 hours than how much good was the grandmother doing?

Taking the car keys was a really good and responsible thing to do. But if you're going to knowingly have alcohol and underaged people in your house, you'd better be doing at LEAST that.

My parents would definitely not approve of underage drinking any time I have friends over.. and that's enough of a deterrent for me to not get drunk and do really irresponsible things at other people's houses (getting drunk and doing slightly irresponsible things, on the other hand ....) .

However, that's just what works for me. Maybe it IS necessary to have parents allowing drinking going on in their homes, if it's proven to be safer for the kids.
2001-10-24 10:17:00 PM  
Trying to keep dozens of drunk 17-year olds in one building at 3am is like trying to hug a bobcat. Its gonna get loose. When I think back to all the dumb shiat I did when I was 17 and drunk I'm amazed I'm still alive.

Upon reflection, I think the "dumb drunk shiat" factor for me peaked at about 22, then gradually declined up to my present age of 34. There were spikes of radically dumb shiat periods, however, all the way up to my first DUI at age 30.

I never jumped out a farking 3rd story window, tho, but then again I never been incarcerated by a grandma.
2001-10-24 10:50:43 PM  
I think the "home drunkfest" is a good idea. My parents had the "no drinking period" approach and i went out drunk..and drove home many times. I was wrong to do it and thank God that i didnt hurt or kill someone. Go grandma!
2001-10-24 11:16:39 PM  
GRANDMA NEEDS to do time for being supremly irresponsible..

and it has been PROVEN over and over again, that is parents are STUPID enough to allow their kids to drink at home, they need to be prepared for the drinking to take place outside of the home also... Very Poor message to send to children, go ahead..., Break the law..., But hey do it at home... WHATEVER.. Get a grip!
2001-10-24 11:55:14 PM  
If you drink for the "Buzz" you ARE an alcoholic..!!

YEA! g0;)
2001-10-25 06:51:28 PM  
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