White house party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi owe huge debt in Aspen

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 2, 2009 12:34 pm

It seems white house party “crashers” Michaele and Tareq Salahi are spreading their bad reputation all over the country, and they’ve especially made an impression on Aspen.

During last December’s World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen, the Salahi’s did not pay the $22,500 entry fee required. They paid $3,000. That simply doesn’t cut it. The lack of proper payment left event host Barry Stout in the red $19,500. “They kind of put me in the starve mode,” said Stout, who runs the Roaring Fork Polo Club, which played host to the event.

Patrons of the event noticed that the Salahi’s were hungry for any type of media exposure they could get at the event. “I could tell they were really into the camera,” said Andrew Israel, proprietor of aspenspin.com, an Aspen lifestyle blog that publishes photos featuring everyone from socialites to ski bums. “They were very nice and seemed well-bred and well-groomed.”

Aspen resident Mari Rainer said, “[Michaele] was constantly posing for pictures everywhere. And her clothes were not clothes someone would wear who did not want to be noticed.”

As for collecting the almost 20 grand of debt, Barry Stout has let it go. “I realize that just from the way they were doing business that it would be a waste of time to sue them,” he said. “I’m sure we could get a judgment, but then we’d have to try and collect the money.” As for the Salahi’s White House stunt, Barry commented, “They are publicity seekers, and it doesn’t surprise me a bit. I hope they prosecute them.”