A Poway, California, father is accused of allowing alcohol at a Playboy-themed birthday party for his 18-year-old daughter Olivia. Jeffrey Lake, the father, denies that he allowed teens to drink at the bash. About 200 people attended the party, with about 150 under age 21. Most were scantily clad in lingerie, and many drank alcohol while partying, according to ABC Channel 6 Action News.
Lake is a civil rights lawyer who has represented medical marijuana cases. He was taken into custody on suspicion of violating San Diego County's social host ordinance, which makes the homeowner responsible for any underage drinking at a party thrown at their home. But Lake indicated that he has not been charged in the incident, which occurred on January 2.
Given the large crowd, it took a number of police to shut the party down. The mayor of Poway stated the following about the party, according to ABC Channel 6 Action News.
"It's as though you are handing out hand grenades as party favors. It's a disaster waiting to happen."Jan Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, indicated deputies entered the home to check on the welfare of the underage party-goers. They saw a large amount of alcohol inside the home, and many of the party-goers admitted that they were inebriated. Caldwell said that two of the teens were "heavily intoxicated and barely coherent," according to the LA Times.
But Lake disagrees, stating that minors were supervised and he did not permit any teens to have access to or drink alcohol. He said that sheriff's deputies entered his home at about 10:30 p.m. that night after a neighbor reported seeing a minor drink alcohol. Lake stated he suffered defamation and constitutional violations because of the incident, and stated the following, according to the LA Times.
"I took all reasonable steps to prevent the consumption of alcoholic beverages by any minor at the gathering....Despite my family's intentions to provide my daughter a fun and safe 18th birthday party in the privacy of our own home....it appears that uninvited troublemakers on a public street created a scenario which has resulted in exactly the opposite; leaving my family to deal with the consequences of their actions"The invitation gave various descriptions of how part-goers could dress, such as guys wearing robes, Hugh Heffer-styled clothing, and ladies could wear playboy bunny costumes, tutus, or leotards. And it warned party-goers to behave, by saying "[please] do not be the person who ruins the party for everyone and respect those people around you and the house. No one wants any issues throughout the night...but if you cannot follow the rules then you will not be able to come."
Not all people have such loving parents who want them to have a special birthday party. Natalie Carson of Denver, Colorado, has a new use for Craigslist: to rent a family to celebrate a happy birthday with her. She was in the foster care system until she was 18 and aged out. So she has no relatives. Her twentieth birthday is approaching on June 20, and she finally wants to have the happy birthday that she has never had while in foster care. She had a painful childhood with horrible memories for birthdays, according to an article in the Inquisitr.
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