Cashed-up schoolies trash penthouse
CASHED-up schoolies have trashed the penthouse of a well-known luxury Gold Coast hotel, releasing footage on social media.
The schoolies could be seen celebrating the damage to the penthouse at the Mantra Sun City Resort on Surfers Paradise Blvd, which was shared with the captions: "Yeah the boys" and "Schoolies 2k17".
The duty manager became aware of the incident and kicked the responsible party out of the hotel, also calling their parents.
"As soon as the property was made aware of the incident, we acted quickly to arrange for the perpetrators to leave the premises and be collected by their families," a Mantra spokeswoman said.
"It is disappointing this has occurred because Schoolies have been very well behaved this year.
"We are continuing to work with local police on this matter."
Police said they believe the extensive damage to every wall of the penthouse was from five boys.
The news comes as Gold Coast Schoolies organisers say they won't be fooled by the antics of non- school leavers trying to get into official events by illegally buying wristbands on social media.
Queensland Police arrested 41 people, including 22 'toolies' and 19 Schoolies during the first weekend of end-of-school celebrations, with the majority of offences related to drug possession.
The event's organisers say they are well aware Facebook is being used as a "black-market" for Schoolies selling official wristbands in an attempt to make some quick cash.
Schoolies advisory group chair Mark Reaburn told reporters on Monday "we are not fooled in terms of working out what kids try to do - some kids try and crash the party".
He says second-hand wristbands, which are superglued and stapled on, will be randomly checked when entering the event precinct, particularly on those who look older.
"There are some big, big boys and they've allegedly left school a couple of days beforehand and they've got a full beard. It doesn't quite cut the mustard in terms of 'I'm a schoolie'," Mr Reaburn said.
Gold Coast Inspector Bruce Kuhn added police will not hesitate to act against anyone found with drugs, with drug-detection dogs already deployed on the streets and around the event.
Meanwhile, police have stopped 24,000 MDMA (ecstasy) pills from potentially making it to Surfers Paradise after a million dollar drug bust in North Brisbane on Sunday.
A 28-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man have been charged with possession of dangerous drugs and are due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday. "With Schoolies starting on the weekend, the arrest of two people and the removal of a significant amount of dangerous drugs from circulation, helps make for a safer community, Detective Inspector Glen Farmer said.