Unofficial staff party shut down by police: Security risks highlighted

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Staff at a Melbourne department store took their Christmas party to a whole new level – they snuck into the shop after hours and held an illegal soiree.

It sounds more like the plot of an 80s teen movie, but yesterday morning police were called to Dimmeys in Swan Street Richmond, where more than 20 past and present staff were apparently hosting an unofficial party.

Dimmeys owner Doug Zapelli told News Limited that significant damage was caused to the shop and stock when a rowdy crowd "threw their own party that got out of hand".

The store is soon due to close, but windows were broken, stock was damaged and fake snow was sprayed throughout the store.

Zapelli said an employee with a key had let staff into the store after it closed on Saturday.

"We will certainly be firing the guy," he said.

Store manager Loulla Theodosi said a staff member told her yesterday the party had been planned days before.

A Victoria Police spokesman confirmed several people were arrested following the incident.

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