New homeowners horrified by costly mess left by partiers

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AFFTON, Mo. (KTVI) — A vacant house was trashed by partiers, right before the new homeowners were about to move in.

The Kaiser family couldn’t wait to move into their new Affton home, with four bedrooms, a pool, deck and a gazebo. But it’s ended up being a nightmare, that’s costing them tens of thousands of dollars. Just hours after the Kaisers closed and changed the locks, a raucous party left damage that seems never-ending.

Curtis Kaiser explains, “They urinated in cabinets. There’s cigarette burns all over all the floors, the carpets, the laminates, I mean there was alcohol spilled everywhere, there was vomit all over the place, and they broke the handrails up the stairs.”

Kaiser says the partiers also broke windows, and tossed retaining wall blocks into the swimming pool. Not even the roof was spared: “I guess a whole bunch of people got out there, and it caved in, and so we had to replace the flat part of the roof, too.”

The result: three dumpsters filled with trash.

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“We’ve had to replace all the kitchen cabinets because the ones that were in here were custom-built, and we couldn’t match them,” says Kaiser. They replaced all the windows for the same reason. They had to rip out all the floors and repaint the walls, ceilings and doors.

“It’s been close to $30,000, probably, and that’s just materials and buying stuff, and that’s just with me doing all the work,” laments Kaiser.

St. Louis County Police call this an active investigation, and have several persons of interest. Police aren’t saying who is responsible, but party photos and an invitation the Kaisers saw on Facebook indicate a former resident had something to do with it.

“Some girl showed up in our driveway wanting to get her beer pong table back from the party,” says Kaiser, “It really ticks me off. We’ve drained our savings; we’ve put a bunch of stuff on our credit cards, just to try to get the house livable.”

Whoever is ultimately responsible for this party could be charged with trespassing, and possibly burglary. But for the Kaisers to get any restitution for all the damage, they’d have to go through the civil courts.

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8 comments

  • Ken Browning

    Criminal charges, hopefully felonies need to be filed against each and every person who was at that party. We asa society need to crack down on the human garbage who think they can use whatever others have whenever they want. If the police don’t do their jobs on this case, the community needs to organize a vigilante group to hunt them down.

    • stillwell flayerty

      Lol, a vigilante group? Ken, you sound like a nazi. I will assume you are joking, although based on the rest of the comments here, I have my doubts about that. It’s right wing weirdos like you that keep me entertained, and I thank you for that. Also, am I invited to join your vigilante group? Should I bring a torch or will they be provided?

  • Jodi Stanton

    Absolutely go to civil court and make those idiots pay back every penny AND make them do community service! If I had heard about this sooner and lived closer I would have helped with the repairs.

  • AJ

    Ken, as a society we are encouraging and attempting to normalize taking what belongs to others (those who are successful) and giving it to the unsuccessful – and often, the unmotivated. This has led to the ultimate entitlement attitude and lack of personal responsibility. The type of behavior in this story is simply the natural consequence.

  • Ben

    After the police catch as many partiers as they can, the court should give them a mandatory 30 days in jail but only if they pay their share of the damage; otherwise, they can stay in jail for 6 months to a year. Let their parents did deep to cover the costs. I would hope that the Kaisers had insurance or that bit of stupidity would fall on their shoulders.

  • kindley2

    Doesn’t their insurance cover something like this? I would think that unless they paid cash for the house, they would be required to carry insurance. I know my insurance covers vandalism and burglary.

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