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Drunk student wakes in startled stranger's home

The Local · 21 Oct 2010, 16:53

Published: 21 Oct 2010 16:53 GMT+02:00

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The 23-year-old student stumbled into the wrong home after drinking a large volume of alcohol in May at an introductory party for new students, Skånska Dagbladet reported on Thursday.

In the morning, the students at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp, located between Malmö and Lund, held a "champagne breakfast."

However, instead of champagne, the young man was served vodka and remembered little of the subsequent events that led to him blacking out in a stranger's home.

After the party, the man was freezing in the rain as he entered the dwelling in nearby Lomma that he took for his own by breaking a window. He then went into the bedroom and fell asleep on a bed, leaving his shoes in the kitchen.

The less-than-graceful intrusion disturbed the homeowner, however, who awoke to find someone standing in her bedroom.

Being short-sighted, she initially thought that it was her son. After returning from the bathroom, her son informed her that a strange man was in the house and had fallen asleep in his bedroom.

The panicked homeowner was so scared by the intruder, she called the police and stood outside in the rain with her family while waiting for the officers to arrive. The police came to the home within 10 minutes with a five-car patrol.

The young man was in no way intimidating, but the woman was still afraid and terribly angry about finding a strange man in her home and said during the investigation that she did not know if there were other strangers in the house.

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She felt that she could not protect her children in the home and decided to take her family out into the pouring rain.

The student was deemed a conscientious person and the district court found no reason to sentence him to prison or probation, issuing a suspended sentence with a fine instead.

The man must also pay damages for and replace the window he smashed when he broke into the house.

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Your comments about this article

18:47 October 21, 2010 by JulieLou40
What an absolute idiot.
19:21 October 21, 2010 by Blanc
He thought he was breaking into his OWN house?
20:11 October 21, 2010 by rebradj
What a great story.
20:20 October 21, 2010 by pantheratigris
Five police cars for a sleeping home intruder? Wow...
20:40 October 21, 2010 by Boyfriend
They Should ban alcohol! it is dangerous for health and many sshits happen when you drink.
20:42 October 21, 2010 by rrabbit
welcome to Sweden
21:38 October 21, 2010 by reason
Yes rrabbit, welcome to Sweden. The only country in the world where students get drunk and do stupid things. At least in Sweden the student wasn't in much risk of being shot dead by a gun toting home owner for a drunken mistake.
21:47 October 21, 2010 by itsnicehere
it happens no big deal
22:11 October 21, 2010 by Swedesmith
Ahh, the wonders of alcohol. At least he didn't end up floating in the harbor.
22:29 October 21, 2010 by blursd
In his defense ... I remember getting so drunk once I woke up the next day in my own apartment in Copenhagen and had no idea how I got there. To this day I have no idea if I staggered there myself, or if someone dropped me off ...
23:12 October 21, 2010 by mega

It would have been good to offer him a warm cup of coffee then instead calling police

00:01 October 22, 2010 by svenskdod
Hell of a story.... He has to send it into FHM... the amount of times I have heard of mates waking up in strange places, it doesn't surprise me. I bet there are many people who have woken up at home not knowing how they got back there. This guy just needs to train his cruise control a bit better.
10:45 October 22, 2010 by dwb5555
This happen to me once. I woke up to go to the bathroom and there was some strange guy sleeping on our couch. So I woke up my roommates and ask if they knew him. They said no so we woke him up and he would not leave at first because he thought he was in the right house. One of my roommates had left the door unlock and that is how he came in.
10:45 October 22, 2010 by Lemon1987
This story reminds me about mine too.It was about 11:30 pm when I barely found my apartman door and try to unlock it.After dozens failed tryouts a man about 40s opened the door with a question:,,Who the f*ck are you ,what youre doing and Im gonna call the police."--I was in wrong suggestioning that Im living on 3rd floor instead of 5 :D so backthen I was kinda shocked too and only stupidly apologize that I thought that was mine apartman and quickly dissapeared.
11:32 October 22, 2010 by unforgiven
Funny stories :D It's a part of all Swedish teenagers' lives I guess to get drunk like hell! LOL...
13:21 October 22, 2010 by Catalunya
Wow incredible, I'm reading this from the sun & wine land (Spain) and I've never heard about something similar here!


But I think I would not wait under the rain!
13:35 October 22, 2010 by Decedo
The repercussions of an IKEA culture where 'taste' is bought in a cataloge at the expense of individuallity :)
19:00 October 22, 2010 by mojofat
At least he took his shoes off!
01:55 October 23, 2010 by LordSqueak
mmm, that actualy happened to me once.

We was at a party, drinking beer, and then no memories at all, which is the only time I've had a complete blackout.

My friend woke up on the other side of town outside the metro, myself woke up in an apartment where my aunt once lived 15 years earlier.

Incredibly embarasing and scary. but the person who lived there was understanding and didn't call the cops.

Later it turned out someone at that party had spiked the beer, as several others also had passed out after 2-3 beers.
09:17 October 23, 2010 by jamtlandtom
What a shame that the Police Officer who dealt with the speedster near Ljungby couldn't have dealt with this incident . A bit of commonsense again would have resolved the matter without giving the student a record. It does seem to have been a bit of drunken confusion that brought it about and as previous postings show, that is a relatively common feature, particularly with male students!! Maybe the householder insisted on the prosecution?......Shame.
10:41 October 23, 2010 by Moodcom
Some times i don't understand the police... five cars hahahahahahahaha. May be the police just want to enjoy the cruise lol. Any welcome to Sweden
22:00 October 23, 2010 by SilverBattleAxe
How is it possible that this guy didn't know the difference between Vodka and Champagne? He must not have much experience with alcohol that's for sure.
03:32 November 17, 2010 by Dio
ahahah, freakin hilarious! xD
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