Vancouver Whitecaps captain's victory parties enraging neighbours
Whitecaps leader’s late-night shakers a headache, say those living in Gastown, May 5, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Vancouver Whitecaps player Jay DeMerit’s neighbours say late-night parties hosted by the team captain are keeping them up at night — even though he insists there’s nothing to complain about.
Farzad and Shelley Salehi say they live in the building next to DeMerit in Gastown and had to call police once again last Saturday night after the Whitecaps’ 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Shelley Salehi said the party went on until 4 a.m.
“It sounds like a nightclub, that’s the sound of it through the brick wall,” Salehi said. “It’s crazy, booming bass music. Earplugs won’t even drown it out.”
The Vancouver Police Department said it has visited the building numerous times for noise complaints since 2011, but wouldn’t comment on what units were visited.
Salehi said that in 2012, the noise was so bad someone in the neighbourhood started the twitter handle @DemeritNeighbrs to tweet their displeasure.
Tweets from 2012 were taken down, but found archived on topsy.com.
“Awesome Wednesday night party,” tweeted one person. “Ever wonder what it’s like to play a soccer game on three hours of sleep?”
An account indicating it was verified as DeMerit’s answered the query and fought for his right to party.
“Yes & was up at 8 to train this morn. Slept fine in my bdrm w/ no doors while my guests were talking #musthavebeenthetrains.”
DeMerit said he’s feeling unfairly targeted by his neighbours, describing himself and his wife, Canadian Olympian Ashleigh McIvor, as social people.
“We're very confused as to why these people are coming after us,” DeMerit told 24 hours from Toronto. “We’re very social people, but yet we’re very socially responsible in the fact that we keep to our noise ordinances.”
DeMerit said he hasn’t received any complaints from anyone in his building and has spoken to his neighbours, who have “not said a negative word.”
Salehi said she was in contact with the strata council of DeMerit’s building, which told her he was being fined $200 per party.
DeMerit wouldn’t comment on any fines, but said he did have noise complaints in the past and insisted he has since kept the sound down.
He said it was surprising to hear the complaints now as the initial ones were two years ago.