Monday, March 4, 2024

Cops Called After Festivus Airing of Grievances Gets Crazy

Festivus is a fictional holiday created as an alternative to Christmas by George Costanza’s father in a now-legendary episode of Seinfeld. A key aspect of the holiday is something called the “Airing of Grievances,” during which participants, well, air their grievances with one another (FestivusWeb.com defines it as “an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year”). Flash to real life, cops called after Festivus Airing of Grievances gets crazy.

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This year, some Festivus celebrants got a little too into the tradition of complaining about one another at Antonio’s Pizza in Amherst, Mass. Things got so tense that someone called the police, who quickly arrived on the scene.

MassLive.com reports that no arrests were made and that some of the more disruptive participants “were sent on their way with some advice on how to handle the season of Festivus.”

It’s unclear if the police visit had any effect on the rest of the Festivus celebration, which includes a “Festivus Dinner” (served with meatloaf, which is the official Festivus dish) and the “Feats of Strength,” in which the head of the household is pinned to the floor.

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