Crashers, especially the goofy, a pain for event organisers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 September, 2008, 12:00am

One of the inadvertent headaches for many event planners and publicists is the door crashers who by hook or by crook try to scam their way into exclusive parties and events.

Of course, everyone enjoys a good party and wants to attend big-time marquee events. If you're ingenious enough to sneak yourself into a VIP crowd, chances are you'll want to be discreet.

Occasionally, though, security will have to deal with goofballs who barge into events where they stick out like sore thumbs while trying to schmooze guests in creepy, inappropriate ways.

One publicist had to toss a not-so-brilliant male crasher out of an exclusive ladies luncheon on Friday. The event was to promote some new luxury estate by property developer Knight Frank and the invited guests were all high-society women.

The intrusive bore, who sat down at an empty place and started to enjoy a lunch, tried to argue he was an invited guest. He suggested he was personally invited by Knight Frank.

Too bad for him, that's actually a company name and not a person.

As a tip to other event organisers, the veteran publicist who related the story also warned that you should be wary of people who call or show up at an event bragging they are a close friend of the company's boss.

If they are so important, they would have an invitation already.