Pushy Parents Turn Egg Hunt Into Melee
'Kind of like locusts'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2016 12:21 PM CDT
Children and parents rush the field, breaking through caution tape, prematurely starting the Easter egg hunt in Elgin, Ill., Saturday, March 26, 2016. Apparently this isn't uncommon.   (Laura Stoecker/Daily Herald via AP)

(Newser) – This is why we can't have nice Easter egg hunts, kids: Your pushy parents. An Easter egg hunt organizer said the alleged adults in the crowd acted "kind of like locusts" and turned the hunt into a shoving match at the Pez candy company. Saturday's event in Orange, Conn., drew hundreds of people, some of whom couldn't quite abide by the rules or the starting time, reports the AP. Pez General Manager Shawn Peterson told WFSB-TV that people "rushed the field and took everything." Event organizers placed more than 9,000 eggs on three fields with the intention of having staggered start times for each age group. But Pez officials say parents didn't wait. No injuries were reported.

Pez released this statement: "We made efforts to get everyone something before they left and passed out tons of candy and coupons [at] 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."
 

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