Pushy parents cause a scene at Easter egg hunt in Connecticut
ORANGE (WTIC) - What's supposed to be a cherished Easter tradition turned into a mess after pushy parents caused a scene at egg hunts over the weekend.
The third annual event was held at the Pez Visitor Center's in Orange at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
According to Pez, based on the prior years, they had an idea as to what to expect and even boosted the numbers of eggs and planned for an even larger crowd this year.
However, even though Pez hid over 9,000 eggs on three separate fields, the number of families that came out to participate far exceeded anything they could have possibly planned for, according to the company.
Each field was to be organized by age group with a staggered start; 10:30 a.m. for ages up to 4 years old, 10:45 a.m. for ages 5-8 and 11 a.m. for ages 9-12, but people chose to enter the first field prior to the start of that activity, then the other fields, and took everything before the events started.
Parents reacted by posting on the Pez Facebook page after the event.
Pez released the following statement:
Unfortunately people chose to enter the first field prior to anyone from PEZ staff starting the activity. 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.
The general manager and other staff Visitor Center staff members were on hand trying to talk with as many people as we possibly could, letting them know if someone didn't get an egg or candy, we had plenty of candy at the front entry for them. We sincerely tried our best to create a fun, free activity for everyone to enjoy.
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. Due to the actions of a few, the good intent quickly turned into a mess. I would like to sincerely apologize to each of our guests, this was not something created to frustrate or make people angry. We only wanted to do good for the local community.
A Pez spokesman compared the crowd to locusts. No injuries were reported.
In Proctor, Vermont, one man is facing charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after police were called to an overbooked Easter egg hunt Saturday at Wilson Castle.
Police say 34-year-old Michael Cuthbertson, of Newbury, Vermont, threatened police before fleeing. Police chased him and used pepper spray to subdue him.