A pizza festival in Brooklyn, New York, described as “an eclectic tasting of the best pizza in NYC” proved to be a colossal failure after ticketholders became angry over long waits and baby-sized slices of pizza. The Sept. 9 event promised a day-long celebration of “dough, cheese, tasty sauces and delicious toppings,” but what attendees really got was quite the opposite.
On the event’s official Facebook page, users complained about the lack of promised pizza, burgers, and beer. Many asked for refunds, saying, “This is not right.” Some photos even show micro-slices of pizza, captioned “I paid $30 for this?”
Many patrons paid even more for exclusive packages. “The fact that my friend and I spent 55 dollars each for such a s----y event like this [is] unbelievable,” wrote Patsy Juarez. “All we got was warm red wine that tasted like a--.”
Some even compared the experience to Fyre Festival — an elites-only two-weekend-long music festival that left attendees stranded on a desert island with tents and cheese sandwiches instead of the luxury villas and gourmet meals they paid for.
On Sept. 11, outraged ticket-holders of the Brooklyn pizza festival created a closed Facebook group for those who “want to be in on” an alleged lawsuit. The group currently has 136 members. A post on a separate page for “Pizza Festival Scam Victims” claims that a lawyer is “interested” in the matter and is “investigating what needs to be done.”
A representative for the “Pizza/BurgerFest Team” identified only as Ishmael has issued a statement on the event’s Facebook page. “After careful deliberation, and much back and forth about our customer’s best interest, we have agreed on refunding all tickets from the pizza and burger festivals,” he said. “As event producers, we take full responsibility for the outcome of the experience.”
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