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Pez Easter egg hunt turns rotten over the weekend

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An Easter egg hunt at Pez in Orange turned rotten over the weekend. (WFSB) An Easter egg hunt at Pez in Orange turned rotten over the weekend. (WFSB)
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    Another statement by Pez was released on this past weekend's Easter Egg Hunt event:  Thank you for your continued interest in the past weekend's Easter Egg Hunt event. We are aware it's been the focus of many news stories and have received an outpouring of support and requests for further interviews. We would like to move forward and offer the statement below in lieu of any further interviews regarding the event. PEZ Candy Statement Regarding Easter Egg Hunt of March 26,20...More >
  • Pez releases statement on Easter egg hunt

    Pez releases statement on Easter egg hunt

    Monday, March 28 2016 3:55 PM EDT2016-03-28 19:55:03 GMT

    Pez released the following statement after the Easter egg hunt incident on Saturday:  

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    Pez released the following statement after the Easter egg hunt incident on Saturday:  

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ORANGE, CT (WFSB) -

An Easter egg hunt turned chaotic as pushy parents ruined a free event for kids over the weekend at the Pez factory in Orange.

Plenty of parents said they still can't believe how some adults were acting. Saturday was third year in a row that Pez hosted this free Easter egg hunt, but it’s the first time, it ended up getting out of control.

Two days later and pieces of a popped balloon were all that's left behind on the field.

Pez, which is the Orange-based candy company, designed a free Easter egg hunt as a sweet treat for kids. But the actions of some parents ended up leaving a sour taste in the mouths of many moms and dads.

"It wasn't toddlers hunting,” mother Val McCormick said. “It was all parents filling the baskets."

McCormick said she was there Saturday with her three kids.

"When you see Black Friday and people are pushing and shoving,” McCormick said. “That's what it felt like, Black Friday Shoppers."

Eyewitness pictures showed the size of the crowd. Pez originally placed more than 9,000 eggs on three separate fields. The organizers set up different start times for the different age groups.

But, before the event could start, parents and kids jumped the gun with the crowd picking up eggs and moving from one field to the next.  

"When it came time at like 10:30 the parents just bum-rushed that area,” Mother Nicole Welch said. "When my son left, he had a broken basket and he was hysterically crying."

Shawn Peterson with Pez Inc. explained what happened at the event. 

"We started talking to people and say hey this is supposed to start at a certain time,” Peterson said. “Well, that lasted about a minute and everyone just rushed the field and took everything."

Peterson said he and the other staff at the visitor center tried to inform parents that there was extra candy on hand for those children who didn't get any. 

“It’s unfortunate that people left here disappointed.  That's not what we wanted,” Peterson said. “We wanted to put on a fun, little free event.  We tried our best but fell a little short."  

While apologizing, Peterson said the actions of a few quickly turned it into a mess. They went to plan B, letting families know that if they didn't get eggs or candy they would be handing out free goodies in front of the store. By the time the company started handing out candy they were finished with what was supposed to be a festive and fun activity.

"It was sweet for Pez to do this, just really sad people were just behaving like uncontrolled animals and kind of forgetting what Easter is about,” McCormick said.  

Colonial Properties, Inc. is offering a free chocolate bunny for kids 12 and under after the event. The office, which is located at 200 Boston Post Rd., will open its doors from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance for pictures. 

Pez released a statement on Monday, which said they're trying to move forward from the incident and appreciate the support they've received.

Pez officials would not address the question of holding another event like this next year and if so would they now have to hire security.

To read the full letter by Pez, click here

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