Watch above: Raw interview with Shelley and Farzad Salehi.
VANCOUVER – Two neighbours of Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit are crying foul on loud parties they say he hosts in his Gastown apartment.
Shelley Salehi and her husband Farzad, live in a building that shares a wall with DeMerit and his wife Ashleigh McIvor’s apartment building on Alexander Street.
They say it appears that every time the Whitecaps win a game, DeMerit hosts a loud party and it’s affecting their lifestyle.
“It’s noisy, we can’t sleep, we wake up at 2 o’clock, after midnight, you have to phone police. You suffer the next day,” says Farzad.
Shelley says even though they do not live in the same building as the DeMerit’s, “it sounds like a nightclub at times.”
“Everyday noise is fine, that’s no complaint,” she says, “we don’t hear that, but typically after a game, after a win, they have a lot of people over.”
She says that is when the noise will start after 11 p.m. or after 2 a.m. when a group comes home after going out. This past Saturday night she says it started at about 2 a.m. and lasted until about 4:30 or 5 a.m.
“Earplugs wouldn’t kill the sound,” adds Shelley.
The couple have been living there since 2012 and say although they have called the police for noise complaints several times, they have only showed up once.
However, they have written several letters of complaint to the strata council in DeMerit’s building.
“If you don’t sleep all night, the next day you suffer,” says Farzad. “I want a peaceful night to sleep.”
They have not tried to contact the DeMerits separately.
Farzad says he has called the Whitecaps, but the secretary told him it is a personal matter and to contact the building manager.
DeMerit has taken to Twitter this morning to call the matter ridiculous.
(For the record) This CRAZY party didn’t get ONE complaint from anyone in our building, NO cops came to our door & this is front page news?!
— Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) May 6, 2014
He has also retweeted tweets to him about the story:
I want to party with @D6MERIT. How do I make this happen? I’ll keep my vuvuzela on standby in case the invitation comes.
— Heather O’Neill (@originalhoneill) May 6, 2014
@D6MERIT I’m thankful for the kind of neighbours who would knock on my door before complaining to anyone else. One more reason not to condo.
— Jen Jones 鐘珍 (@dipperdoodle) May 6, 2014
Farzad says he would just like DeMerit to show some respect for those that live around him. “I think any human being knows when they bother somebody, they don’t need to be told,” he says.
DeMerit and the Vancouver Whitecaps are in Toronto today for a game on Thursday.
Global News spoke to DeMerit who said he wouldn’t address this complaint since it’s “gossip and not news.”
© Shaw Media, 2014