Toilet-papering spree in Bangor neighborhoods a result of high school swimmers’ success

Posted Feb. 21, 2012, at 5:11 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 21, 2012, at 7:36 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Houses scattered about Bangor were adorned with toilet paper Tuesday in the wake of the Bangor High School swimming and diving team’s successful defense of its state title.

As part of a traditional way of wishing “good luck,” male members of the team traveled to the homes of some of the team’s female members Sunday night, the night before the state championship, and tossed rolls of toilet paper over tree limbs, into hedges, over basketball hoops and weaved intricate patterns into porch balusters.

“It’s a celebration of making it so far to states and working so hard,” said Lili Wiseman, a 14-year-old freshman member of the swim team who made it to the states and whose Broadway home was “t.p.’d.”

After winning the state title, the girls returned the favor over the course of a few hours late Monday night by tossing toilet paper onto the homes of male members of the team.

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Wiseman said around a dozen female swimmers and divers split into separate cars, each with a trunk loaded with cheap one-ply toilet paper, which they used to adorn about 15 homes where male teammates lived.

“It was really fun,” Wiseman said. “It was a rush.”

In the wake of victory will come cleanup. Homes on Third, Sixth, Seventh and Norfolk streets took hits, as did Broadway, West Broadway, State Street and others.

“It was quite a lovely scene on Broadway,” said Lili’s mother, Lisa Wiseman, who started picking up ribbons of paper Tuesday afternoon.

Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday afternoon that police hadn’t received any complaints from parents whose homes, bushes and trees were draped with paper.

“They’ll probably get their kids to clean it up,” Lili Wiseman said with a laugh.

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