Gatecrashers fry up Swedish home viewing
The Local · 5 Jun 2015, 16:17
Published: 05 Jun 2015 12:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Jun 2015 16:17 GMT+02:00
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The owners of the 168 square metre apartment in the Swedish capital's Östermalm area recently put their home up for sale, and the first public viewing had just got under way on Thursday when a group of people - thought to have been in their thirties - stomped in.
But instead of behaving like typical Swedish prospective home buyers – that is, shuffling aimlessly around the apartment asking questions about price, the cooperative housing association and broadband – some of the unexpected visitors are said to have cracked open a few beers and had pizza on the couch.
“A beer can was opened, a bag of crisps was opened. A guy in the armchair pulled out a board game with pieces. He was going to play,” a neighbour told Swedish tabloid Expressen.
Another two members of the group decided to see if the gas hob was really as good as the advert had said, so they brought a frying pan and made themselves an omelette in the kitchen.
They did not break or take anything from the apartment, which is on sale for just below 14 million kronor ($1.68 million), but allegedly refused to leave. So the shocked real estate agent called the police, who arrived at the scene just after the group had eventually gone.
Stockholm police press spokesman Kjell Lindgren told The Local on Friday that they were investigating the incident as trespassing.
"According to the report a number of people entered the apartment during a viewing and utilized the contents of the apartment, taking food and drink from the fridge. We're going to speak to the people involved and then we'll see what comes of it. It is the prosecutor who decides whether or not to press charges," he said.
Generic apartment viewing in Stockholm. Photo: Krister Larsson/SCANPIX
The incident quickly went viral in Sweden after one of the Stockholm police's Twitter accounts tweeted a picture of the call-out sheet, writing "An odd incident report on the screen in the emergency control room".
En udda HR (händelserapport) som det ser ut på skärmen uppe på LKC (länskommunikationscentralen) pic.twitter.com/w6OhLZlLWL— YB Södermalm (@YB_Sodermalm) June 4, 2015
The viewing later went ahead as planned and the real estate firm, which specializes in luxury apartments in Stockholm and other cities around the world, told the TT newswire they are trying to work out what happened.
“It was probably an art group trying to do something to get attention. But at the time it wasn't very funny, it is after all someone's home,” said the agent.
A member of a Swedish rap duo claimed responsibility for the incident on Twitter late on Thursday.