Young people are connecting across
social networks to start â€œSharpie partiesâ€ that target foreclosed homes
and use Sharpie permanent markers to leave a trail of markings behind on
the vacant homes.Â
Merced County, Calif., officials recently reported six Sharpie
parties at foreclosed homes that were spawned from invitations posted
online. Partygoersâ€”sometimes up to 100 peopleâ€”are given Sharpie pens and
encouraged to write on and graffiti the walls of the abandoned homes.
Some of the partygoers, besides marking up the walls, also smash holes
in the walls and rip up the floors, Reuters reports.
These parties have also been reported recently in Texas, Florida, and Utah.
Investigators say vandals are leaving a trail on social networking
sites, like Facebook, by posting invitations and photos of the parties
that are making it easier to find perpetrators. Banks, on the other
hand, have been somewhat reluctant to pursue vandals because they donâ€™t
want the unwanted publicity to incite more parties, Reuters reports.Â
As such, "usually they leave the damage and just drop the price,"
Andy Krotic, a California real estate professional, told Reuters.Â