Published Jul 02, 2018Last year, the hilariously terrible scam that was Fyre Festival went viral after its promise of a high-end Bahamas music festival ended up resulting in FEMA-style encampments, a lack of drinking water and a number of attendees stranded. The fest's founder Billy McFarland is currently being investigated for fraud, and the prosecutors are not joking around. After all, they've just awarded a ton of cash to two attendees.
As VICE News reports, two North Carolina men have been awarded $5 million USD in damages. Blogger Seth Crossno and his friend Mark Thompson travelled from Raleigh, NC, to attend the fest in the Bahamas, spending about $13,000 USD in the process.
In the pair's lawsuit, they said that they discovered a FEMA-style tent in a gravel pit with none of the amenities they had paid for. Instead, they saw a Bahamian native "walking around and near the site with a machine gun."
Each plaintiff was granted $1.5 million USD, with each getting an additional $1 million in punitive damages.
Crossno's lawyer Stacy Miller said, "We feel very satisfied. We asked the court to send a message to those who defraud North Carolina consumers, and we believe he did."
This is just the beginning for Crossno, who is planning to detail his Fyre Festival experience with a new podcast called "Dumpster Fyre," which is expected to launch soon.