Many stranded without passports after Brazilian consulate closes so staff can watch World Cup

NEW YORK (PIX11) — All they want to do is go to Brazil to watch the World Cup.

That was the sentiment we heard over and over again outside the Brazilian consulate Thursday afternoon, as dozens of hopeful travelers waited in vain, while the consulate staff shut down the office in order to watch the Brazilian soccer team play on opening day of the World Cup.

Everyone who waited outside –- including some people who had departing flights scheduled for Thursday evening — showed PIX11 printed slips issued by the consulate, that told them to be there anytime between 2 and 4:30 p.m. in order to pick up their passports.

But there is good news to this story. After hours of waiting, and pleading from PIX11’s Jay Dow for an explanation, about a dozen travelers who were still waiting around after a few hours were quietly handed their passports.

Everyone else who left in despair, are unfortunately, out of luck.

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