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ORANGE, Connecticut — An Easter egg hunt in Connecticut turned into a shoving match on Saturday, March 26th and ended with broken baskets and children in tears. In this case, it was the adults who could have used a “time out.”

The field adjacent to the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange, Connecticut was the site of a holiday Easter egg hunt that was free and open to the public.

Throughout the week leading up to the event, it attracted a lot of attention on the PEZ Facebook page.

Pictures show the massive crowd building on Saturday.

The event was supposed to take place in three stages — broken down into age groups — with the youngest children first, and eventually 12 year olds, the oldest group.

The parents didn’t pay much attention to procedure. In fact, according to reports, a lot of the adults on hand didn’t stand still.

“When it came time for like 10:30, the parents just bum-rushed that area,” Nicole Welch said.

“So we started talking to folks and, ‘hey, you know, this is supposed to start at a…directed time that we’ve posted. Let’s wait. We’ll give a whistle. We’ll give the signal to start this.’ And that lasted about a minute. And then folks just rushed the field and took everything,” Shawn Peterson, PEZ general manager said.

“When my son left he had a broken basket and was hysterically crying,” Welch said.

Peterson and his staff tried to regain control, but things quickly spiraled out of control.

“It was like locusts. Everybody just descended and then left,” Peterson said.

It left PEZ officials with a lot of disappointed children.

As a backup plan, company officials started handing out free stuff, but for many, the lines were too long and the mood wasn’t right.

“It’s unfortunate people left disappointed. And that’s certainly never the goal. Just, you know, it’s supposed to be a fun, free activity and we did our best and unfortunately fell a little short,” Peterson said.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Police didn’t respond to the event, but they did speak with PEZ officials afterwards.

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  • Michael Neils

    Once again what is wrong with people? Parents used to set an example of how to behave. Now they set an example of how NOT to behave. Why would police want to speak with PEZ officials? It’s not PEZ fault. I hop the ONLY reason was to obtain video footage and names of those that ruined it so they can get fined. AND banned-not their kids just them for next year.

  • Joshua Perkins

    Another product of the entitlement generation. The “my child is more important than the rules and is more special” crap that turns kids into safe space entitled brats that need emergency counseling when chalk is used to write a candidate they think hurts their precious feelings.

  • Malakabukis

    The greatest generation lined up willingly to fight the axis during the second war. Even some lied about their age to get in. Today’s generation has evolved because of cowardly leftist university socialistic cowards that allow their universities to be taken over by militant blacks and women groups that hate men. I was astounded to see how many babies are born with a sucker in their mouths. Wake up you stupid morons.

  • coolidge

    A special snowflake blizzard! Just wait until all these kids parented with entitlement attitudes are grown.

    Non-empathetic zombies waves of the future.

  • Tom Levier

    No more EREE events. The admission fee can go towards hiring more security, since these idiot parents cannot control themselves.

  • D. Monroe

    This is what happens when a generation of people refuse to grow up. The result is a bunch of “adults” who are in fact just larger, stronger, more ruthless children.

  • Don Martinez

    Locusts? Vultures and leeches would be a more appropriate description of these “outstanding adults” acting like spoiled brats…

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