Party Organisers Criticised
A company who arranges for students to have evening’s outs has been criticised by a Judge after the behaviour of the participants during a night out got out of hand.
One of their organised evenings that took place in Sheffield ended with someone urinating in public, nineteen year old Philip Laing who is a student at Sheffield Hallam University. Philip who is from Macclesfield in Cheshire claims not to remember his actions but was charged with public indecency and sentenced to community service with a fine after he was caught on camera peeing on a poppy wreath which had been laid on a war memorial in the city centre. Philip could now also face losing his place at the University.
District Judge Anthony Browne who did consider a term in jail for Mr Laing felt that he has been held accountable for his actions but also that the company is made aware of their responsibility for their part in the youngster’s indecent and disrespectful behaviour.
Wes Streeting, the President of the National Union of Students feels that this company, and others like the pub crawl organisation, actually puts the welfare of the students at risk as these companies encourage the youngsters to drink to excess which can result in accidents, anti social behaviour and illness.
The president from the Brighton Student Union, Naz Harrison was also worried about the after effects on the town’s residents following one of these organised events. He stated that he sees no promotion by the company for its customers to drink responsibly but Carnage UK has commented that they do also offer the option of soft drinks to their customers and on their website it states that any event organised by them is done with safety in mind.
The company Carnage UK began organising their pub crawls which take place all around the country around five years ago. The business became profitable when they discovered that young people, particularly students, would use them to arrange their evenings out for them. The company charges a set amount per person and that entitles the customer to free gifts such as t-shirts and often entry into clubs and bars. A lot of the events are also provided with offers of cheaper or discounted drinks which made the idea much more appealing to a lot of people. Voted by students as the No 1 event organiser this company’s website is crammed full of images of scantily dressed young girls and crowds of people enjoying themselves.
Twenty nine year old Paul Bahia, head of Carnage UK, stated that the company were appalled by this incident.