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Partying By Google Interns Draws Complaints By Neighbors

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A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – A high-priced Silicon Valley apartment complex has become quieter after Google interns were put on notice after neighbors complained over their loud and rowdy parties.

Kristine Ablao and Mike Vu live at the Crescent Village Apartments in San Jose. Their unit is next to the pool, hot tub and barbecue grill area, where the interns have been known to party throughout the week.

Ablao told KPIX 5 that the partying keeps her up when she is trying to sleep. “But I got earplugs,” she said, laughing.

It is unclear how many interns live at the complex, but a Facebook page called “Crescent Village Google Interns” had nearly 400 members. Before the page was taken down, the Daily Mail newspaper obtained photos of the interns, wearing Google t-shirts and holding drinks.

After numerous complaints, a note went out to all 2,000 residents reminding them to be quiet and considerate.

Resident Brian Hoskins said he has seen the hot tub overflowing, jammed with two dozen partiers. “I think it’s pretty obvious when you have 300 or 400 people in one place and they know each other, there’s going to be socializing going on. It’s not too big of a surprise for me personally.”

Google interns have been in the media spotlight recently with the recently released Hollywood film “The Internship.” Interns at the Mountain View-based web giant receive several perks including gourmet meals, laundry service and pay of up to $6,000 a month. Housing at the apartment complex is also being paid for by the company.

Each day, Google shuttles the interns en masse to and from the property. None of the interns wanted to talk to KPIX 5 about the complaints.

“This might be the first time they’ve been out of the house. So you send them out here, and they have all kinds of opportunity, it’s wonderful. I don’t know if they really knew any different. This is a learning experience,” said Leslie Senk, a resident.

In an email received by KPIX 5 late Wednesday night, Google said they have asked interns to be respectful of the community.

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