Easter in Quebec is a time for impatience and mob mentality. Laval’s Nature Centre in Cocothon put on a family event where about 10,000 people showed up, about 7,000 more than they were expecting!
The event was set to start at noon but some eager bunnies showed up as early as 930AM and became very impatient as the morning dragged on.
That impatience was “really the beginning of the loss of control,” says organizer Angella Pattas.
The impatient parents disassembled the starting line fence and went forward with the egg hunt on their own schedule. This caused the remaining crowd to join in and chaos ensued. Children were pushed over and the lack of treats caused some adults to steal from other kid’s baskets to give to their own. Many came away empty-handed and some angry parents have taken to social media, asking for a refund of the entrance fee of $3.
Pattas has apologized and admits this was the last thing she saw coming. The high attendance numbers were not expected after the smaller number of pre-sales and the parents acting, well, childish, certainly made the day a stress-filled nightmare for all.
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