Westfield Christmas event ends in disaster

You can stop cringing over all the faux pas you made at the company Christmas party now because we guarantee it didn’t go as poorly as this festive event.

Unless five of your co-workers ended up in hospital in a balloon related stampede.

That’s right, five people were taken to hospital with injuries ranging from neck, leg and back pain to traumatic chest injuries after a promotional balloon drop at Westfield Parramatta resulted in a stampede.

The balloons in question were reportedly filled with gift cards and other prizes and were dropped into a crowd of hundreds of shoppers causing several people to be knocked off their feet as the crowd raced for the highly coveted balloons.

The event was part of a 36-hour trading marathon ahead of Christmas and was advertised as a promotion to “keep the party going throughout the night”, taking place just after midnight.

A spokeswoman for Scentre Group, which owns Westfield in Australia, told ABC News it was investigating the incident.

“Our team acted swiftly to support our customers, contact emergency services and make the area safe,” the spokeswoman said

“Our team are continuing to speak with affected customers directly.”