What Went Wrong at Hard's Day of the Dead?
Upon entering the Hard Day of the Dead grounds, I was greeted with a mob of at least a thousand people who had no idea how things were being run. Not a line, a mob. We waited in this mob for over an hour and 45 minutes with no security, no way out, no restrooms, no clue as to how people were being let in, and no assurance we'd even make it inside. Eventually we learned, as relayed to us from people sitting on the shoulders of others, that the mob was cut off before the entrance and security was letting in small groups of people as they saw fit. As each wave was let in, people rushed forward, crushing dozens against the metal barriers. This situation was allowed to go on for far too long and became dangerous for everyone.
Meanwhile, Richards' apology has racked up over 600 Facebook responses, many of them irate:
Dude my friend was handicapped and we were forced to help him over all of the fences we had to jump... Pretty ridiculous.
I was on crutches and had a barricade dropped on my bad leg, was truly ridiculous how you guys had this organized.
You guys fuckjng suck no organization at all my girlfriend got so closterfobic in your line to get in that she passed out and we couldn't go in.
WE WANT REFUNDS!!!!!!
No excuse. You should have been prepared for the mass of people. Your security was a joke and I was sincerely afraid for my safety waiting in that mob. I witnessed a fight break out right next to me and many people could have been seriously injured. Although I had an amazing time once we got in, this will definitely be my first and LAST Hard event.
please communicate with the people waiting. i was in a crowd (i am very short and couldn't see anything over anybody and feeling very unsafe) and the swat team came running through, breaking my grip from my friends hand. the crowd started rushing through after the swat team knocking everyone else out of their way. meanwhile everyone around is screaming, "whats going on?""let us in" creating an unruly crowd. pleople then started pushing, making my friend, who has never been to an event like this, very uncomfortable.
I literally, as a small female, was fearing for my life. I thought I was going to get trampled. I shouldn't have the feel like that. Never again.
Forget that you made people miss their favorite djs. You put thousands of people at risk, even saw a fight break out on top of people puking all the while being shoulder to shoulder with dozens of others. Not chill Gary.
We reached out to Richards through his publicist, who forwarded us a statement just like the one posted to Facebook, though it acknowledged a "delayed flow of entry which spanned about an hour and a half." It reiterated that the event was their "most successful" yet.