Facebook 'dipping' craze irks pool owners
By Richard Savill
Last Updated: 2:36PM BST 19/06/2008
Teenagers are using internet satellite images to spot outdoor swimming pools before meeting for late-night dips.
The new craze, known as “dipping”, involves people using pictures from Google Earth to identify homes that have large outdoor pools.
Once a venue is found, the youngsters use social networking sites including Facebook and Bebo to meet for impromptu swims and pool parties.
Police said some residents have woken up to find youngsters using their pools. Others have come home from work to find their pools full of beer cans.
Those involved in the “dipping” sessions often wear fancy dress costumes, and are told to “bring a bike” so they can make a quick escape.
One group boasted on the internet that it held an event on Monday night during which 16 people visited two pools near Bournemouth, Dorset.
The group listed a specific meeting place for between midnight and 3am and gave mobile telephone numbers for the organisers.
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