An Easter hunt descended into madness on Saturday after greedy parents in Orange, Connecticut, invaded the field and cheated all in the name of getting their own kids more candy.
Children as young as 2 were shoved and trampled by the stampeding adults as they rushed in to grab as many of the 9,000 hidden eggs at the third annual free event at PEZ Candy headquarters.
The egg hunt was originally advertised as three separate events, categorized by age groups, which were supposed to start at 10:30 a.m., before a visit from the Easter Bunny for the more than 1,000 attendees. Ribbons were strung out on the field to divide the three sections.
But the parents, too impatient to wait, entered the field even before a PEZ representative could start the event, tearing down the posted rules and leaving bewildered children in their wake.
The incident sparked a lot of angry complaints on social media from parents whose kids were injured during the rampage.
“One guy running 3 fields the parents taking their kids into all of the age groups. My 4 y/o granson was trampled and PARENTS took the poor kids eggs out of his basket,” a frustrated grandfather wrote on Facebook. “This was a predators dream they could have walked off with a kid and nobody would have seen it. It was like a friggin riot.”
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Some parents slammed the candy company for failing to organize properly.
"Where was PEZ personnel?? Where was the safety of our children in your thought process??” wrote Jennifer Barden-Moore. “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?"
The staff of PEZ quickly responded letting attendees know if someone didn't get an egg, they would be compensated for it.
"We made efforts to get everyone something before they left and passed out tons of candy and coupons," PEZ said. "Due to the actions of a few, the good intent turned into a mess."
The egg hunt by PEZ Candy was supposed to be a fun-filled activity for kids; instead it turned out to be a nightmare for them as shameless parents pushed kids around, stole candy from their baskets and even crushed them in their haste to get to the goodies.
We sure hope the candy, which after all is worth pocket change, was worth it for these classless parents giving up their sense and decency.