Local woman buys tickets to all-you-can-eat crab festival, learns event was never going to happen

Posted at 5:15 AM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 09:09:58-05

SAN DIEGO - A local woman said she feels misled after buying tickets to an all-you-can-eat crab festival that 10News learned was never going to happen.

Glenn-Marie Endris thought she snagged a great deal to an event she spotted on Facebook.

"Two thousand people bought tickets. Everybody loves crab, so I was really intrigued that for $35 you could get unlimited crab, salad, bread," Endris said.

Endris told 10News the event info on Facebook stated the crab fest would take place March 25 at the Portuguese Hall in Point Loma.

"The tickets went from $35 in January to now $50 and $100," she said.

However, her dreams of buttery bliss will never happen -- at least not in San Diego.

"This does not look big enough for 2,000-plus people to be eating crab on tables, you know? Because you need those long tables to start cracking your crab," Endris said.

The Portuguese Hall's marketing and events director posted a warning that there was never any event scheduled at the hall for March 25.

10News reporter Bree Steffen contacted the event's host, Crab Anywhere, via email and a representative said the March 25 event was canceled and all money would be refunded.

When asked why they decided to cancel the event, as well as more information on their company, the Crab Anywhere representative did not reply.

A few hours after 10News contacted Crab Anywhere and asked questions, the event was removed from Facebook.

"When you find this perfect event for you, and you find out that it doesn't exist, it's like, 'What? How did that happen?'" said Endris.

Endris said she hopes this experience will make people think twice before jumping on a deal online.

"Hopefully there is a real one here and I'll try to find it, but I was really looking forward to that. It's a bummer that they want to steal from you any which way they can, right?" said Endris.

Officials at the Portuguese Hall said they have received several calls asking if the event was still happening.

The ticket company said they hold onto all money before giving it to the event organizer, so they will be issuing refunds over the next few weeks.