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Man fined after returning fire at egg-throwing pranksters

TT/Rebecca Martin · 25 May 2011, 11:51

Published: 25 May 2011 11:51 GMT+02:00

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“To make it worse the youth was allergic to eggs and got very red eyes,“ said Gothenburg prosecutor Per Lind to the Expressen daily.

Halloween celebrations in Gothenburg got out of hand last year when a group of trick-or-treating kids decided to throw eggs at a house in a residential area of Lerum.

The house owner, a 35-year old man, had had enough of the pranks and was none too pleased over the rough treatment of his property.

So when his patience finally broke he pursued the pranksters, and after getting hold of one of the boys’ rucksacks, snatched his eggs from him and smeared crushed egg all over his face.

The man, who has admitted to the deed, now stands charged with harassment, and will be forced to pay a fine of 11,400 kronor ($1,800).

Trick-or-treating and celebrating Halloween are fairly new traditions in Sweden. According to experts on popular traditions at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, the American custom didn’t really catch on until the late 1990’s.

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Prosecutor Per Lind told Expressen that ‘egging’ houses is a new but common tradition at Halloween in the area and there are many residents who are getting fed up with it.

“Many readers will probably feel sympathy with the perpetrator in this case,” he said to Expressen.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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12:31 May 25, 2011 by planethero
lets egg Per Lind's house.

he'll soon change his tune.
12:31 May 25, 2011 by karex
It would be much more appropriate for the parents of the so-called misbehaving youths to be charged with harrassement and be forced to pay a fine instead.

The prosecutor is right, I do sympathise with the house owner. The kids are lucky they're not in the US, they may have gotten buckshot instead of smeared egg.
12:41 May 25, 2011 by infidel2012
Lucky for the kids they didn't egg my house, it would have been far worse for the little punk, and would have a severe limp for the rest of their days as reminder to 'be good'.

Perhaps the parents need a good 'talking to'.
12:46 May 25, 2011 by karex

Parents in this country are almost treated as criminals if they so much as think of disciplining their children, that's a big reason why today's youth is out of control around here.
13:11 May 25, 2011 by eppie
The first four comments seem to be from those extremist muslims some people say Sweden is full with. They would be all to happy when sharia law was introduced in Sweden.

You will be much happier when you move to Saudi Arabia.....everybody agrees with you there.
13:14 May 25, 2011 by blursd
All I can say is if I had egged someone's house as a kid and the owner of that house caught me as I was doing it and smashed an egg on my face my parent's response would have been, "you got what you deserved" (even if I was allergic to eggs). They certainly wouldn't have expected charges to be filed against the home owner, nor would they expect any type of money for "damages." If anything I would have been made to apologize to the house owner, and then clean up the mess (most likely in some demeaning way to emphasize how displeased they were with my actions) ... not to mention probably being grounded for quite a while.

Did it ever cross this prosecutor's mind that perhaps the kids were doing a little harassing of their own ... and that their actions created the conditions that resulted in the egg being smashed on their face? It's not like this guy was randomly smashing eggs in kid's faces for no reason at all ...
13:32 May 25, 2011 by MoCockerel
The World Egg Throwing Federation does not condone the improper throwing of eggs at unwilling targets, that said our recent request to the Swedish Government for contestants in the forthcoming World Egg Throwing Championships in June brought the response that they were not able to find throwers of sufficent calibre. If you are, or know any Swede that is, in the UK for June 26th and can represent your Country as the official representative of Sweden please contact us.

Mo the Cockerel

World Egg Throwing Federation

13:36 May 25, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
what was expected by the owner of the property just stand there and watch ?
14:04 May 25, 2011 by nolikegohome
i prefer a moderate approach. in this case the parents should be contacted and amutual participation of all sides is the best approach instead of taking the law into ons own hands. It reminds me of once when i was on the bus in Stockholm 2 youngsters of about 11-12yrs old came on the bus with milkshakes in hand and they threw the shakes at eachother, many of us innocent passengers were drenched with the shakes lucky it was vanilla. We tried to talk to the kids but the got off on the next station and that was the end of the story. Nothing could be done.

sad but true
14:14 May 25, 2011 by Wertyx
@eppie I think you are wrong, the first 4 comments are from people with common sense. There were nothing religious nor extremist in their comments, just a reasonable point of view regarding the more than often embarrassing Swedish legal system, where crushing an egg on a misbehaved teenager is an offence, but a known repeated sex offender is let free and can get a new job without a problem.
14:17 May 25, 2011 by Syftfel
I do NOT prefer a "moderate" approach. My sympathies are solidly with the Swede seeking revenge on the cock roach kids. These snot faced brats deserved it, and then some. And more interesting, which the story does not reveal, who are their parents(if they have any). Clearly these vermin needed to be taught a lesson. This prosecutor, lefty Per Lindh, is but a usesless liberal rat who is in the wrong profession. He shoud probably be cleaning toilets instead! What a pathetic creep! Go after the parents of these lowlives. Celebrate the house owner! Trash Lind!
14:21 May 25, 2011 by soultraveler3
Blursd is right.

Did this prosecutor not even consider the fact that this guy wouldn't have smashed eggs into the kid's face if the stupid kid and his friends weren't acting like idiots and harassing people?

Why even mention that the kid is allergic to eggs? That just means that this kid was even more stupid for putting himself in a situation where he might come in contact with them.

The parents of this child shouldn't have pressed charges. They should've made their kid go and apologize and clean up the mess he made. Then they should've grounded him to help him learn that there are consequences in life.
14:34 May 25, 2011 by Swedesmith
I wonder if the kid was allergic to work, also. He and his buddies should be made to clean up the mess and repaint the house if necessary.
14:54 May 25, 2011 by eppie

Thanks for your comment, i was a bit afraid nobody would pick it up and that my comment would be lost in the billions of unused internet terabytes.

I needed a comment like yours to prove my point.

1st: More than likely this article is not complete. I think there had been troubles between the group of kids and the man before this incident, and also likely the man used excesive force.

2nd:More than likely most people reacting on this blog also will say: if someone touches my kid I will kill him. I can state this becuase this is the usual train of thoughts people have nowadays

3rd: So what if it was your kid who according to this man (I am not saying he was wrong or right) threw eggs at his house and subsequently was punched in the face by this guy. 10 to 1 if this is what this lawsuit was about.

4th:I think we all agree (me included) that parents let their children do too much these days, and fail to correct them.

5th: My remark about the religious extremists was there to show that many people have the same thought about certain crimes as we see in sharia countries. Neocons in the US for example would probably be pretty happy with Sharia law (if only it had a different (read more christian) name.

6th: Nice to just write some reaction on a blog but we all know that if we let people take justice in their own hands things will get really weird. @ karex said *luckily they are not in the US' no indeed lucky they were not. In the US these kids would probably have carried guns an instead of egging the house they would have shot the guy.
15:17 May 25, 2011 by Swedesmith
@eppie I agree with most of what you say, but must point out that in my 50+ years of life in the US, I have never had anyone pull a gun on me, never been mugged, my house has never been broke into, etc. Not to say that this stuff does not happen in the US, it does, but it is not as widespread as you might think.
15:37 May 25, 2011 by StockholmSam
We need to set up a Facebook page to raise funds to pay the fine for the homeowner.
15:41 May 25, 2011 by jomamas
Sweden is the joke of the world. The mythical communist utopia of insanity.
16:40 May 25, 2011 by Atlas
The kid deserved it, and the guy who is being judged cannot be blamed. End of story.
17:16 May 25, 2011 by calebian22
I know that kids in Sweden are treasured little cupcakes that cannot handle any sort of consequence in relation to their actions, but geez, nothing? Not even an apology?
17:25 May 25, 2011 by Carbarrister
"To make it worse the youth was allergic to eggs and got very red eyes," said Gothenburg prosecutor Per Lind to the Expressen daily.

Poor baby!

He should have considered it before he picked up his first egg.

Per Lind should join Henning Mankell on the next flotilla to Gaza.
19:09 May 25, 2011 by HYBRED
Very red eyes?? They should have been black and blue.
19:14 May 25, 2011 by darky
This is the problem with Sverige. They always support crimes and later complain that crime is on the rise. The kids should know how to celebrate Halloween. Asking the man to pay a fine makes these young gangstas believe that what they are doing is correct. This really makes me sick to my stomach. A society which is always there to defend wrong doings.... Oh Noooo !
19:18 May 25, 2011 by jamesblish
My first thought when I saw the bulletin about this was "I've got to read the Local's story on this, I bet the commentary field is full of Sweden slammers going on about the state of the legal system and how out of control the youth are". Sure enough, I was right. You guys are pathetic.
19:26 May 25, 2011 by HYBRED

So now that you are in the "commentary field", does that make you "pathetic"?
21:10 May 25, 2011 by karex
@eppie I am not a religious extremist. As a matter of fact I am not religious. I am however a strict parent, and was brought up to respect others, especially my elders and most especially the property of other people. I was merely pointing out the two extremes. Here kids get away with murder - literally. They are encouraged to "turn in" their parents to their teachers if parents so much as think of raising their voice at them. Gee, they will be psychologically damaged if you are cross at them!

These children grow up believing that "the world revolves aroung their belly-button" and thinking that society is there to cater to their every whim, whether it be rude or even criminal.
21:30 May 25, 2011 by jamesblish
No, because I'm not stupid enough to think that this has anything to do with the legal system of the country of Sweden. If you assault someone like that you will, in every single civilized western nation, get into trouble with the law. Doesn't matter why you smeared eggs, it's a crime anyway. It's not unique to Sweden in any way but the pathetic losers will jump at any chance to smear this country. Because they have got nothing better to do.
22:50 May 25, 2011 by muscle
actually rotten eggs would have been better.

for the supporters of these kids, i agree that they should not be hit back, but SOME PUNISHMENT, is necessary to make them realize that they did something wrong! And it should be something they would not forget.

Its not to make the elders happy but just because it is for their own good! growing up and later becoming drunken idiots is not the fault of the kid! its the fault of the system that doesnt teach them a lesson early!
23:01 May 25, 2011 by jamesblish
Who says the kids got away clean? The article focuses on the sentence on the guy, not the kids. If they were old rnough to be prosecuted, I'd be surprised if he wouldn't be able to bring them court for destruction of property or something like that. If they're underage, it would probably be something for the social office to take a look at.
23:10 May 25, 2011 by karex
@jamesblish I don't know about other people but I don't see the problem as a legal system problem here. If anything, perhaps cultural?

When a problem is identified, many good solutions may be found but normally going to the exact opposite extreme is not one of them. This type of reasoning usually never solves the problem, just creates a new one. Neither extreme will solve the problem. Shooting at people for trespassing in my view is also not a solution to any problem. Again, two extremes.

Parents should not beat their children, that's child abuse. However, parents should be able to discipline children and teach them to be good adults without being afraid of persecution or prosecution, that's all.
02:15 May 26, 2011 by jamesblish
Cultural in what sense? Kids egging a house, is that what you mean? That's an imported tradition. Or an adult losing his cool and (slightly) abusing a kid? Not really unique to this country. And parents ARE allowed to discipline and raise their children. That's not illegal. Not beat them, but disciplining doesn't have to involve beating. So I don't really see your point.
07:01 May 26, 2011 by infidel2012

Not a muslim, far from it. If anything, I'm anti-muslim.

Let's just say that if there were to be a fantasy mussie hunting season, I'd be the first in line to apply for a hunting license : )

I guess it's the ex-american kick-ass mode still left in me, and I'm glad I posses this in Sverige, it comes in handy when the sissy cops won't do their jobs.
09:01 May 26, 2011 by karex

Cultural in the sense of how people in general react to and place pressure in society on parents. That's why I said I don't believe it is a legal issue. Just like kids in school can be driven to do things by peer pressure, society here drive people in the same way. Nothing to do with egging a house. I have never heard of this being tradition anywhere, but maybe it is. To me it is one of those bad things kids do sometimes. The whole point is that parents need to be able to feel more freedom when teaching their children and not afraid what the neighbor will say or if they will be denounced to some agency for giving them a well-deserved tongue-lashing when the situation calls for such.
09:21 May 26, 2011 by BrittInSweden
The kid was allergic to eggs but was busy throwing them? Ironic :)

I hope the kids and their parents all got fined too for the initial attack and the parents for raising warts on society.
12:35 May 26, 2011 by technoviking
These kids deserved egg in their face, but attacking a minor in any country would get you in trouble.

This isn't just a Swedish thing. Same thing would happen in the US or UK.
17:45 May 26, 2011 by J. L. Belmar

You are deadly wrong. Putting a stupid brat in the place he belongs and giving him back what he has been doing (an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth) would be applauded in many, and I mean many decent countries, but never in Sweden. In Sweden there is no respect for others. Children can do whatever they want because they are even applauded by their fathers, who, unfortunately, have learned that a child is "untouchable" in Sweden, no mater if they attack a goalkeeper or rape a girl. Goalkeepers are the guilty ones and girls did not say "no" the

required times to the mobster.

Children should be rewarded when doing good things, but must be punished when behaving like criminals and age is not an excuse for them or for any stupid parent that do not want to see that his beloved son is in the verge of joining Hell's Angels or Bandidos. Let us fight for a better education at home. Let us start educating parents who do not understand that they have procreated criminals and whores.
18:17 May 26, 2011 by technoviking
@ JL Belmar

I agree on the sentiment. My dad would have gone over and shaken the guy's hand for doing his job for him.

But in any Western country, you lay a hand on a minor that's not yours an you have a legal $hitstorm coming your way. Not just in Sweden.
01:16 May 27, 2011 by Da Goat
I would agree to eppies Christian sharia law as it would be perfect indeed!

remember Christianity is built on Love Forgiveness & grace where Islam is built on justice and the small hope of mercy (does not cut it)

in fact the western worlds law has been built on Christian law for centuries and while doing so prospered no end, but now we have atheist and communist law taking over and surprise surprise WE ARE ALL COMPLAINING very funny.

we had it correct then dropped the ball to some pretend thinkers.

No I see a mistake above it should read bastardised Christian law as proper Christian law would be perfect!
02:29 May 27, 2011 by jamesblish

"Cultural in the sense of how people in general react to and place pressure in society on parents."

- And how is this in any way unique to this country or "culture"? As opposed to what culture? Give me an example.

"The whole point is that parents need to be able to feel more freedom when teaching their children and not afraid what the neighbor will say or if they will be denounced to some agency for giving them a well-deserved tongue-lashing when the situation calls for such."

- But you're dodging the question. It is NOT controversial in any way for a parent to discipline and raise their children as they see fit. As long as you don't abuse them No one by their right mind looks down on a parent for doing that. My parents did it all the time, I see parents today doing it today, on a if not daily, then at least weekly basis. There's not stigma attached to that at all. You're very vague in your description of "teaching children" by the way. Since we've already established that it's neither controversial nor illegal to teach/raise/discipline your kids in this country, what kind of teaching are you referring to, that is still looked down upon? You must be able to specify this.
16:30 May 27, 2011 by sbjohnson
In the UK the poor home owner would probably end up being locked up.

The bias towards the rights of children seems far too strong in many cases. It seems to me that the shift in attitudes seems to have come hand in hand with big business targeting children as consumers driving the expenditure of their parents. The focus on children, their opinions and rights in society seems far more to do with this than any real desire to protect them.
17:41 May 27, 2011 by jbkulp
Never heard of self defense in have you?
23:35 May 27, 2011 by jamesblish
There are no children's rights, there are only people's rights and we are all people, regardless of age.
00:21 May 28, 2011 by crsinc
Somehow I see doing something to another you would not want others doing to you as being deserving of "corrective action" regardless of age.
23:30 May 28, 2011 by zooeden
Next time add a punch in the gut and one big one to the face, still it´s 11grand so funk it!!!
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