( 4UMF NEWS ) Pez Easter Egg Hunt Ends In Chaos:
It was the Easter egg hunt from hell. A free egg hunt outside a Pez museum in Connecticut brought out the beast in pushy parents and kids Saturday, with the holiday happiness descending into what the candy company called an all-out “mess.”
Hundreds of hunters trekked to the Pez Visitor Center in Orange for its third annual Easter egg event. The schedule promised three separate events in the morning for children — broken up by age groups — climaxing with the Easter Bunny materializing at 11:30 a.m.
But the family fun was not meant to be.
Adults and children rushed the fields way ahead of schedule. Parents pushed each other to the ground. The Easter Bunny didn’t have a chance to appear before the Pez staff canceled the event, leaving broken baskets and broken hearts all around.
Pez General Manager Shawn Peterson told WFSB the crowd of nearly 1,000 looked “kind of like locusts.”
Some in attendance were terrified to see themselves go from hunters to hunted.
“We’ve been there quite a few times before but never have seen a crowd like that for any of their events,” Milford resident Nicole Simmons told the Hartford Courant. “Even in the few minutes we were there you could see the crowd of people almost like a swarm covering the field and just everywhere with no disregard that there were other people, children and cars around them.”
Simmons said that within minutes of her arriving, a Pez employee told her the event was called off.
“You could see the disappointment in her face almost even as if she wanted to cry,” Simmons said of the put-upon Pez worker. “All the while she’s picking up the broken remnants of what should have fun activity for kids of all ages.”
Other parents hated on the hunt on social media.
“This event was a joke to put it mildly,” Susan Kristie Nandori DeRosa wrote on Facebook. “We have a 3-year-old. The parents first of all were letting their uncontrolled children pick up eggs prior to the start. Then when the event started all the parents rushed in and we’re picking up the eggs.”
Pez said the number of hunters who came out “far exceeded” what the company expected.
“We made efforts to get everyone something before they left and passed out tons of candy and coupons and the front entry and tried to make the best of an unfortunate situation,” the company said in a statement. “Due to the actions of a few, the good intent quickly turned into a mess.”
The Pez Visitor Center regularly holds family events tied to major holidays. The museum has made no comment about the fate of what would be its fourth annual Easter egg event next year. The center did not return calls from the Daily News.
Police made no arrests and reported no injuries.
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