An Easter egg hunt organizer said the adults in the crowd acted “like locusts” and turned the hunt into a shoving match at the Pez candy company in Connecticut.
Saturday’s event drew hundreds of people who “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 parents didn’t wait.
According to witnesses, children as young as four were trampled by adults who stole buckets and grabbed as many of the 9,000 hidden eggs as possible.
One four-year-old boy was left ‘bloody’ on the sports field and a two-year-old girl was shoved into the mud.
A spokesman for Pez said, “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. 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.”