This week in unnecessary riots: A mob of angry tourists passionate about fireflies stormed the management office at a resort in Hangzhou and began smashing doors and windows when the delightful glowing insects failed to appear at a firefly show that they had paid to see, according to reports on NetEase.
Around 10,000 tourists who arrived at the Xiang Lake Plaza had been promised a display of 30,000 fireflies at the 7:30 p.m. show that cost a cool 30 yuan for admittance—180 yuan for scalped tickets—but when the time came around, the insects were nowhere to be seen.
After staring at a blank sky for two hours, tourists marched to the lake management office and demanded an explanation and refunds, SCMP reports, but the organizers provided them with neither.
According to images posted to Weibo along with witness accounts, people then began smashing windows and kicking down doors of lockers.
The firefly show was meant to run from yesterday to May 3. Their absence over the holiday has been attributed to low temperatures in the area.
“We can live with the fact that no insects showed up, due to [the cold], but the organizer should have stopped selling tickets and offered us a refund,” one tourist posted on Weibo.
A tabloid in Hangzhou reported that the event organizer decided to cancel the show and said that visitors could collect refunds in the next 10 days.
Last near, Qingdao’s Zhongshan Park released 10,000 fireflies during a similar event but more than half of the insects died within three days.
[Images via NetEase // Weibo]