At the third annual Pez Easter Egg Hunt in Orange, Connecticut, officials weren’t prepared for the numbers of parents who descended on the event. Crowds of locust-like adults charged the sports field at Pez headquarters, stealing buckets and grabbing up to 10,000 hidden eggs and they did it without the children.
Children were trampled, one four year old was left “bloody” and a two-year old was shoved into the mud.
One horrified parent described the scene as “an angry mob of chaos” with “not one toddler hunting for eggs'” among the crowds of adults.
“It was worse than being at Wal-Mart on Black Friday,” parent Val McCormick wrote on the PEZ Facebook page on Saturday.
“My toddler that was standing with her brothers were shoved into the field and went with the flow. By that time it didn’t matter. I had to yell GO to my boys because it was like an angry mob of chaos.”
“In the toddler field it was more of a greedy parent field. Not one toddler hunting for eggs. It was nuts. Way too many people and more than their staff could handle.”
Some parents were very angry with the organizers.
“My grandson ended up with a bloody from an ADULT in the 9-12 year old section knocking into him!!!! Where was PEZ personnel?? Where was the safety of our children in your thought process?? And to make matters worse, how about almost getting hit by a vehicle leaving your property, which had parked in your lot and was leaving, in very close proximity to the ‘egghunt’ field”?” Jennifer Barden-Moore wrote, according to NBC Connecticut.
“This event was a joke to put it mildly,” Susan Kristie Nandori DeRosa wrote on Facebook, according to the Courant. “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 [were] picking up the eggs.”
There were to be three events for different age groups starting at 10:30. More than 1,000 showed up and when the event began, the parents bum-rushed the event.
Some parents were sympathetic.
“Unfortunately people chose to enter the first field prior to anyone from Pez staff starting the activity,” one parent wrote.
“The crowd moved to the second field, waited for only a couple of minutes and proceeded to rush the field without being directed to do so and before the posted start time.”
Some parents were sympathetic and some were critical of the organizers, but in the end, the parents were most to blame. No good deed goes unpunished.