Brothers convicted of scamming public in UK Christmas theme park debacle

Posted Friday, February 18, 2011 12:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Two brothers were convicted of misleading thousands of customers into visiting what they claimed was a Lapland-style theme park. Victor and Henry Mears could have made more than £1million from up to 10,000 advanced ticket sales for the Lapland New Forest theme park. Visitors were offered a winter wonderland with snow-covered log cabins, a nativity scene, husky dogs, polar bears and other animals, as well as a bustling Christmas market. But instead of the promised magical festive treat, visitors experienced fairy lights hung from trees and a broken ice rink.

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Friday, February 18, 2011 12:40 PM

PRETTY!!!!! Love that spray snow on the trees.

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Friday, February 18, 2011 1:01 PM

We had a series of stories on this back in the day, even though it was only loosely related to the amusement industry, but I figured that once there was a verdict, it would be worth posting. I was always a fan of the photo of the dogs chained up in a muddy field.

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Friday, February 18, 2011 1:47 PM

I don't know why more people aren't relieved by this. They could have really taken the "Lapland"-style theme in an entirely different direction... eek.

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Friday, February 18, 2011 2:08 PM

Well, had they done that, people probably WOULD have been more relieved.

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Friday, February 18, 2011 5:29 PM

It makes Charmland seem like Disney World in comparison. I would have died laughing if there had just been a picture of Lighty the Lamppost standing next to the fake polar bear plopped done in the middle of no where.

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Friday, December 11, 2015 9:33 PM

Twas 14 nights before Christmas,

And with nothing else to do,

I searched for this thread,

Because I still find it funny.

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