Jersey Shore cast causes a “near riot” at club appearance

About 2,000 people showed up at a New Jersey club that can only hold 800 in order to “Meet the Jersey Shore cast,” causing a “near riot,” according to a newspaper.

The Montclair police chief told the Star-Ledger that the 501 Lounge “had crowds much larger than they could control. They had 600 upstairs, 200 to 300 downstairs and 400 outside. … There were fights inside and fights outside.” He said club owners “failed to hire police for security. We dispersed hundreds of people.” Four people were arrested and others received minor injuries.

The event promised a “Snookie [sic] look-alike contest (judged by the cast)” and amusingly promised “2,000 person capacity” and a “nice area with plenty of parking.” It did not advertise bedlam or a melee.

“Disturbance” at Montclair club where Jersey Shore cast members were billed to attend [Star-Ledger]

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