FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – Families in Northeast Ohio were shocked and forced to play the Easter Bunny after they said they paid for an undisclosed Easter bunny who failed to deliver and hide the eggs provided for children on Easter Sunday.
Sunday was not a good start for families on the West Side of Cleveland.
Families told News 5 they prepaid a drop of Easter egg overnight. But when they woke up, the plastic eggs synonymous with Easter egg hunts were missing, as was the excitement felt by the children waiting to find the treasures inside.
The person running Easter services failed to deliver, the families said, forcing them to hastily create an egg hunt later in the day at Fairview Park.
“Many people have been affected. Fairview, Rocky River, Strongsville, ”said Jen Stross, who subsequently organized an egg hunt for families.
Westlake, Strongsville, Parma, Fairview Park and Broadview Heights Police Departments have received reports from residents claiming they paid for an Easter egg service and never received anything in return.
Parma mum Daisy Rosado paid for the eggs to be delivered to her yard between 10 p.m. Saturday night and 6 a.m. Sunday.
“I have three grandchildren, a 9 year old, a 7 year old and a 5 year old. They kept asking me where the Easter bunny is? When is he coming? Why has he not come yet? ” she says. “Parents were looking forward to this because we wanted our kids to be excited. It gave us something to be excited about and we haven’t had this for a long time.”
Rosado filed a police report with the Parma police, not because of the money lost, but because of the principle of it all.
“It hurts my stomach that people prey on families like this and the innocent children,” she said.
Rosado and many others, including Sue Gaukin of Broadview Heights, found an ad posted on the local Facebook community pages showing that dozens of people paid for the service with no service received.
Gaukin paid $ 50 for 100 eggs for his 4 grandchildren.
“My husband wakes me up and goes, Sue, there are no eggs. I texted her like 8:00 a.m. ‘Hey, where are my eggs?’ and no response, ”Gaukin said.
She said she wanted to do something nice for her grandchildren, but also help a local woman.
“I don’t understand because I do everything I can for people,” she said. “I wonder if I should go to the police to make a police report or just put it down to experience,” she said.
News 5 is not naming the woman who would be responsible for Easter without eggs as she has yet to be charged.
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