Hughes Hall guests forced to exchange valuables for silent disco headphones

Workers at Hughes Hall May Ball on Saturday faced bemused guests on Saturday as attendees were  asked to hand over ID cards and passports to enter the silent disco.

Staff at the silent disco demanded that they “play swapsies” and leave something of value at the entrance to guarantee the return of the silent disco headphones, worth £30 each. Students left their university ID cards as well as passports, driving licences and smartphones. A second year student at Selwyn who attended the ball commented, “there must have been thousands of pounds worth of ID and technology”.

"It's that one"

“I felt uncomfortable giving away something so personal to people I had never met", he continued, "but I also wanted to dance.” Despite some reservations, most guests chose to leave their valuables with the workers.

Students attending the ball spoke of “fractious” scenes when people were trying to get their possessions back, as the staff sorted through hundreds of ID cards.

Pick a card, any card...

A second year John's student commented that "they would be worth a fortune on the black market to 16 year olds"

When contacted by The Cambridge Student about students’ concerns, Hughes Hall failed to respond.

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