ORANGE, Conn. — Well, leave it to a few bad eggs to ruin to whole basket.
PEZ Candy abruptly cancelled their annual Easter egg hunt Saturday morning after parents broke the rules and turned what should have been a fun activity for children “into a mess,” the company said in a statement.
“We sincerely tried our best to create a fun, free activity for everyone to enjoy. Due to the actions of a few, the good intent quickly turned into a mess.” PEZ Candy USA wrote in response to a critical comment on its Facebook page. “We only wanted to do good for the local community.”
PEZ said it had over 9,000 eggs on three separate fields, designated for different age groups. Each had a specific start time, but parents rushed onto the fields before the allotted times.
“Somebody pushed me over and take my eggs and it’s very rude of them and they broke my bucket,” 4-year-old Vincent Welch told NBC Connecticut.
PEZ said they were powerless to stop the parents who rushed the field with complete disregard for the setup or start times. After the egg hunt was effectively ruined for the children, the company did their best to pass out candy to as many children at the event as possible, to make sure every kid got something.
“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,” PEZ wrote. “This was not something created to frustrate or make people angry.”
Unfortunately, the damage was done and a lot of people went to the company’s Facebook page to vent their frustration that the event was poorly planned. Others spoke up in defense of PEZ, saying that the company has held the event for years without incident, and that the parents need to grow up.