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Sweden – Jobseeking event ends in chaos as invite accidently sent to 61,000

27 February 2014

Police in Stockholm had to disperse a large crowd of jobseekers after an email invitation for a recruitment event was accidentally sent to 61,000 people instead of the intended 1,000 jobseekers, reports the BBC.

The recruitment event was supposed to provide up to 1,000 jobseekers with the opportunity to meet with potential employers. The email invitation was reportedly accidently sent to every registered jobseeker in Stockholm. 

Police spokesman Ulf Lindgren told the AP news agency that several thousand people arrived for the event. He said that while many people were upset, no arrests were made.

Clas Olsson, acting director general of Arbetsförmedlingen (Swedish Public Employment Service) responsible for sending the invitation, said he deeply regretted the mishap and wished to send his apologies to all those affected: "Something has gone wrong with the mailing list... It has set off a very messy situation at the city office.”

Mr Olsson was quoted in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet as saying that he did not know if the cause of the error was human or technical.

Hundreds of hopefuls crammed into the alley where the employment office is based, with many spilling out into the adjacent street, which a main thoroughfare that goes through downtown Stockholm.

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