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Bike thief offered real Zombie Experience

July 9, 2014

This post is about ZombieXperience.

First, from the Gloucester Citizen: “Jail for zombie entrepreneur ringleader of stolen bike gang” is about

Zombie entrepreneur Dan Hatton … who runs zombie party business ZombieXperience

He was arrested for his alleged role as leader of a criminal enterprise chop shop for stolen bicycles. Now the upcoming events are cancelled but it’s not entirely because the guy got arrested, it seems they never had permission to use the facility (an abandoned hospital).

See Birmingham Mail:”Birmingham hospital zombie apocalypse cancelled” by Mike Lockley:

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust was oblivious to the July 5 event, a ghoulish gathering that 90 people had already forked out £60 a time for, with paintball gunfire and flash bang grenades on offer.

The company behind the fiendish gathering, Gloucester-based ZombieXperience, had been coy about the location, dubbing it ‘Site Zero’ on its website.

And see ITV: “Zombie apocalypse cancelled at abandoned Birmingham hospital

Prior to the cancellation of this latest event, the 33-year-old said in a recent interview:

Right from day one the interest in my business has been quite extraordinary, off the scale really. There seems to be a huge thirst for my events.

The entrepreneur launched his business a year ago with help from a £6,000 government start-up loan.

And also from Gloucester Citizen: “Confusion over refunds after ZombieXperience ceases trading“:

THRILLSEEKERS who have paid to fight zombie armies could be left out of pocket after party business ZombieXperience announced it has ceased trading. The company has told customers that all forthcoming events have been cancelled and that refunds are unable to be dealt with.

“The owner of the business is in prison. He is the only one who knows how to control payments and refunds. Sending messages regarding these issues cannot be dealt with right now.”

ZombieXperience’s Facebook page appeared to have been taken down on Tuesday. No-one from the company was available to comment.

The article also quotes a few Facebook comments from before it was taken down:

John Bayliss said: “We only booked two weeks ago. We were really looking forward to it.”

Scott Hutchinson said: “Not bothered about how to get my zombie fix, I’m bothered about when and if I’m going to get my £280 back.”

If we think of this as having bought tickets to an event it’s understandable that the customers would be upset. However, in another way they really were provided the most complete real life zombie experience. No, not shooting fake zombies with paint, a real zombie experience of investing in something that turns out to be like fraud.

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