Irish students trashing Santa Barbara
August 7, 2010
Irish college students spending the summer in California on work visas are getting a bad reputation after one group caused $20,000 in damages to a Santa Barbara resort. [Irish Times]
William Sanchez, property manager of the Breakpointe apartment complex in Isla Vista said that housing Irish students is “the worst experience ever. Last Tuesday night there was a couple of grand worth of damage done. Some Irish students were throwing microwaves into a swimming pool. It’s been going on for years.”
A Santa Barbara’s sheriff department spokesperson says there have been extensive and continued complaints about Irish students.
“Many of the arrests of young Irish people relate to vandalism, fighting and public drunkenness,” says the spokesman. “For example, we had a situation last week where three young Irish males were arrested after kicking in the door of an apartment. One of those men was caught wearing only a pair of briefs, and all of them were drunk. This is a common occurrence.”
In an article last summer, the Daily Nexus, the UCSB campus student newspaper, reported: “Isla Vista residents worry that the Irish visitors are both disrespectful and destructive . . . and associate the Irish people with loud partying and damaged apartments.”
According to the article, Irish students destroyed the apartments where they were living and left “kitchen garbage in the swimming pool, tomato sauce and vomit on the stairs, couches on the bike racks, cigarettes and beer cans in the pool area and even pasta in the washing machine.”