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Well, in terms of what's going on with Michael Vick, Barry Bonds and the NBA gambling scandal -- the Staal brothers, Jordan and Eric spending the night in the drunk tank is pretty tame....
Their night in jail stems from unruly behaviour during Eric Staal's bachelor party at a Lutsen, Minnesota resort, two hours from their home in Thunder Bay.
From the Associated Press story:
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said the brothers were among 14 arrested last weekend after authorities received several complaints about “screaming, yelling and playing loud music”....
The sheriff said the group was warned multiple times before finally being ordered to leave the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas in Lutsen, at which point the men gathered on a nearby highway and ``began harassing motorists.” That’s when authorities arrested the group, around 4 a.m. Saturday.
Jordan Staal was also charged with underage drinking since he is only an 18-year-old.
A Lutsen Resort employee, who did not want to give her name to AP, said: “It was a bachelor’s party gone awry.”
Firstly, Lutsen, Minnesota? What, is that like the Vegas of the mid-west?
Having spent time in T-Bay I have no doubt the police would have escorted the boys home if there had been trouble.
Secondly, call me a wet blanket, but when you start harrassing motorists on the highway, I think your party has gone too far.
No word on whether Tom Hanks or Tawny Kitaen were there:
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And after getting kicked out could have scraped together cab fare, or get a room somewhere else to sleep it off.
Now that's pretty scarey standing alongside a major highway no doubt making gestures at people going bye.
Chalk this one up to Very Dumb.
Most of you know when staying at thise places can be a challenge in a good night but when a party shows up forget about getting any sleep.
Not sure what it is but when people check into hotels they leave the brains in the car.
As Sunaya said, if it happened closer to home, they probably would have just been thrown in a cruiser and dropped off on their front lawn. That's pretty much what happens in most small towns when parties get out of hand yet they are not hurting anyone else. Part of the difference here is that if you're renting a swanky place, they expect a higher standard because they don't want their other guests to not come back. If they just rented a banquet hall or something that they could have all to themselves nothing happens. There is nothing to indicate this party went anything beyond the realm of many other parties.
Depending on how the cops handled it, if they kicked them off the property, where were they supposed to go? We're talking middle of nowhere here and they were smart enough to know they couldn't drive, or somebody made arrangements in advance to make sure nobody could get behind the wheel. A disorderly conduct charge is a lot easier to deal with than DUI, nevermind what damage a DUI can cause to yourself and others.
I wouldn't call it a major highway, considering it's cutting through Lutsen, we're probably talking traffic not much faster than a city street. While I have not been through this area, it sounds like if you were dropped off on Highway 17 somewhere between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. What are you supposed to do? Probably try and flag down a ride since I don't think you'll find too many cabs in the area. The best bet would have been if they chartered a bus to shuttle everyone to and from there. They could have just woken up the driver and said "Alright, take us home".
This is an area where they publish the names of everyone caught speeding in the paper. Doesn't that seem a little excessive? Gives you a bit of a sense of what they were dealing with.
Chalk it up to Boys will be Boys, but when it's Marc or Jordan's turn, pick a better spot.
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