A few rotten eggs ruined Easter for the kids.
“We sincerely tried our best to create a fun, free activity for everyone to enjoy,” PEZ wrote in a statement on the company’s Facebook page after abruptly cancelling its annual Easter egg hunt in Orange, Conn., because of a few unruly parents that turned the holiday event “into a mess.”
“We only wanted to do good for the local community,” the company wrote.
Parents reportedly disobeyed the hunt start times that were set 15 minutes apart and included over 9,000 eggs on three separate fields designated by various age groups and “took from small children.”
“Somebody pushed me over and take my eggs and it’s very rude of them and they broke my bucket,” four-year-old Vincent Welch said.
Another child supposedly came away from the holiday fiasco with a bloody nose after being pushed to the ground by a parent.
Some participants rushed the first and second fields ahead of the allotted start times before moving on to the next area to continue ransacking the place.
“The crowd then immediately moved to the 3rd field and took over and removed everything well before the activity was to even start,” PEZ explained.
“We made efforts to get everyone something before they left and passed out tons of candy and coupons at the front entry and tried to make the best of an unfortunate situation,” the company added. “This was not something created to frustrate or make people angry.”
Despite the unruly parents that disrupted the annual gathering, others hope PEZ will return next year.
“PEZ I hope you don’t stop doing these Easter events due to bad parents,” Yasmin Kalish wrote. “It’s not your company’s fault but the fault of selfish, greedy adults whose kids have to be #1.”
Others weren’t so quick to place the blame on the parents, but instead pointed the finger to a company unprepared to respond to the turnout.
Liz Soares wrote on the company’s FB page, “I’m sorry your establishment was so poor with planning that they apologize for children not listening instead of being unprepared for such [an] event.”
It’s unclear whether PEZ will return next year.
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