The Short of It
Pez Candy's annual Easter egg hunt turned into chaos when parents ignored the rules, bum-rushed the field and pushed kids out of the way to steal all the candy.
On Friday, we told you about police being called after a bunch of adults acted like children, pushing and shoving one another to get good seats for a kindergarten play.
Well, again, some rowdy parents are behaving badly. Only this time, the kerfuffle took place at the annual Pez Easter Egg Hunt, where Pez staffers had placed nearly 10,000 eggs over three fields for 1,000 children. There were supposed to be three different start times for different age groups.
Signs designated the zones as "kids only, no adults," but that didn't keep some parents from rushing the field and grabbing everything they could get their hands on, Pez General Manager Shawn Peterson told WFSB-TV. He compared the adults to "locusts" moving from field to field as they pushed small children out of the way and trampled over the "kids only" signs.
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"My grandson ended up with a bloody [nose] from an ADULT in the 9-12 year old section knocking into him!!!!," Jennifer Barden-Moore wrote on Facebook. "Where was PEZ personnel?? Where was the safety of our children in your thought process?? [sic]"
"Somebody pushed me over and took my eggs, and it's very rude of them, and they broke my bucket," added 4-year-old Vincent Welch, whose mom Nicole told WFSB her son was "hysterically crying" by the time she found him.
"It was ridiculous," she said. "The parents were literally a poster for everything not to do."
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Angry parents took to the Pez Facebook page to sound off about the disaster, and the company quickly issued an apology.
"We sincerely tried our best to create a fun, free activity for everyone to enjoy," Pez wrote. "Due to the actions of a few, the good intent quickly turned into a mess."
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But how is this Pez's fault? Are participating parents actually blaming the company for their own barbaric behavior? Was Pez supposed to somehow predict that the parents would fail to act like responsible adults and that they would be so overly invested in their kids' activity that they would forget to model good behavior?
Time to grow up and take responsibility for your actions, guys.