Why is it bad english? Saying "There was less people than yesterday" sounds perfectly fine to me.
YUP!!! -less pple- sounds gr8!
I would use "fewer" to refer to a number and "less" to refer to an amount, e.g. "fewer people" and "less snow."
get over these
Fewer is a better word
It isn't pedantic to use fewer - it is simply correct grammar in this sentence! It's laziness to say it doesn't matter.
Bad English, but awful is overstating it.