Detroit Sushi Festival attendees demanding money back after long lines

Posted at 11:19 AM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 11:19:59-04

People are enraged and demanding answers after a pricey sushi festival in Detroit left some with long lines and no sushi at all.

The Detroit Sushi Festival, held in Eastern Market last Friday, was criticized by many attendees for a "terrible experience."

Colby Renner and his wife were supposed to have a simple date night and said they were excited to attend Detroit's first sushi festival.

But when they got to Eastern Market, they were hit with a line that wrapped around the building. Once they went inside, they found a similar scene. 

"We noticed there were a lot of long lines inside and it seemed like over capacity," Renner said.

With fees included, it was $44 a ticket, which Colby says didn't even cover the cost of the roll if you could make it through the line.

More than 50 negative reviews were posted on the event's Facebook page with many complaining and demanding their money back. 

There was no response from Shamrock Events, the company who put on the festival.

Renner said you expect to pay and wait at festivals, but this was ridiculous.

"It's sushi. It's going to be expensive, but the environment and everything just led to a poor experience and what's making it worse is how they're covering up their failures."