Drunk-shaming website owner defends controversial site

Drunk-shaming website owner defends controversial site
The Caught Drunk website is recruiting for photographers

A website which features drunken pictures of young people vomiting, passed out and getting friendly with each other has come under fire.

But the founder of Caught Drunk, which offers a £50 prize for most the shared embarrassing images, hit back at criticism.

It comes after it emerged a picture of a teenager who has been missing since last year was reportedly posted on the site.

The Mirror states that Shaun Ritchie, 20, who vanished after a Halloween party, had been pictured on the site’s Fraserburgh page.

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The website now features a page for several towns across the UK, and is actively recruiting photographers to capture cringeworthy moments.

A message on the Caught Drunk website, signed by chief executive Barry Carter, said: ‘We are looking to take on photographers in your town. If you would like to be the secret Caught Drunk photographer in your town, contact us.

‘Initially I will be rewarding the person with the most liked photo from one of the towns with £50 as a thank you, but as we grow we will be looking into taking on established photographers on a price per photo basis with bonuses for popular photos.

‘If this sounds something you would like to be a part of please get in touch.’

Speaking to The Mirror, Mr Carter claimed the site was developing a ‘fun, social experience’.

The site’s Twitter page says it honours requests to take pictures down.

He told the newspaper: ‘What started as a small idea has grown very quickly and now branding and copyright is in place I will spend much more of my time trying to push forward to closely monitor the pages and to develop the brand into a fun, social experience.’

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5 April 2015 | 6:45 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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