Children trampled as massive egg hunt gets scrambled
An attempt to break the world record for the largest Easter egg hunt descended into chaos, as adults ended up barging toddlers out of the way and scuffles broke out in a bid to collect the most eggs.
Parents of the children taking part at the event in Sacramento, in California, described scenes of carnage as the crowd squabbled on the lawn.
"It’s really ridiculous," Michelle Rodriguez told The Sacramento Bee.
She paid $140 for her seven children to participate in the VIP portion of the hunt, in which some of the eggs were stuffed with coupons for free food.
"Parents are literally pushing other people out of the way."
Children were trampled and chaos reigned as a Sacramento Easter egg hunt got out of hand
Organisers had unloaded 510,000 plastic eggs onto the lawn of Sacramento's Capitol Mall, in an attempt to break the current world record of 501,000 eggs – which was set in 2007 in Florida. Participants paid $20 to enter, with the money going to Blue Heart International, which works to combat human trafficking. Over 7,000 tickets were sold for the VIP section, with enhanced prizes.
"It was crazy," said Kori Houser, whose toddler Chase picked up only three eggs. "Adults were trampling over us."
Trisha Pickerel, a board member of the charity, was reportedly yelling for everyone abide by an "honour system" during the game. When parents complained, she replied: "We can’t control other people."
The charity said that the event had covered its costs, and raised a profit for their work.
But they did fail to beat the record, because the eggs did not arrive in time to be properly verified by Guinness World Records.