A heaping stack of alcohol ended an against-the-rules party at a Fort De Soto campground.
They were tracked down and kicked out of the park, all because of the video evidence they posted on YouTube from their campsite.
Most people camp out to get back to nature, but mixing technology with rule-breaking put a stop to their party
It was a sizable stash, certainly enough alcohol to leave a crowd of campers seeing double.
The party came crashing down when the video showed up on YouTube -- posted for any one to see.
"When confronted with the video, we were sort of forced with the situation of acting on it," said Lyle Fowler, operations manager for Pinellas County Parks.
The Parks Department saw them in action online and drove straight to their tent to kick them out. It was easy, considering the campers mentioned their lot number on camera in front of this bounty of booze.
"We had all the information we needed, and after we checked the camper registry, it was evident," Fowler said.
They were asked to leave to protect the family atmosphere and no alcohol rule at the campsite.
It was a good call, according to a family of five staying at the park.
"Alcohol things get out of control," said Rachelle Labbe.
"If you travel a long way to go on vacation, you want to have someplace that is family friendly and safe for your kids," added her husband Dante Labbe.
Some believe drinking is OK at a campsite, even if it is against the rules.
"If people just behave themselves and be reasonable about everything I really (don't) have a problem," said Terry Horrocks.
The problem comes with excess.
"That is just ridiculous because it spoils it for everybody else," Horrocks said.
They might have gotten away with it, if not for the video and an automatic e-mail from Google.
"Basically, Google alerts monitor everything on the web because Fort De Soto had Google alerts set up for their own name and because these people titled their video camping in Fort Desoto, it quickly alerted whoever their representative was that their name had been posted online," explained Robin Adkins Vosler, CEO at Adonai Communications.
It's a service any one can use to make sure no one is throwing a party with your good name.
"Technology has really made everything available in an instant. We've seen that in so many stories, but here is the case where someone is doing something wrong, posting it immediately, and before they are really even able to follow through with their plans they're being shut down," Vosler said.
They were kicked out of the campsite, but they didn't break any laws. There were no charges.
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