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Cops Break Up Melee Before Nike Shoe Sales

From Florida’s Orlando Sentinel:

Police in riot gear break up shoe melee at Florida Mall

By Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel
February 24, 2012

The launch of an expensive new basketball shoe — timed to Orlando’s hosting of the NBA All-Star Game— triggered a melee Thursday night at Florida Mall that was quelled by deputies in riot gear.

The wild scene erupted about 9:45 p.m. as hundreds of people packed the mall’s parking lot, hoping to buy the new shoe at midnight. As the crowd grew, a large contingent of Orange County deputy sheriffs arrived, braced for problems.

Remember the good old days when people used to wait until after the basketball game to riot?

Similar shoe releases have caused violence at shoe stores across the country, but no one was hurt or arrested at Florida Mall, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Witnesses told the Orlando Sentinel that the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed at 9 p.m., but one person made a mad dash toward the Foot Locker where the shoes were to go on sale, and hundreds followed.

"I saw hundreds of people running toward me. I thought I was going to get trampled," said Amanda Charles, 20, who was among a group of a half-dozen friends who drove from Jacksonville to try to buy the glow-in-the-dark Nikes.

The deputies formed a line and used shields to push back the crowd, witnesses said. They said the deputies threatened to use pepper spray but did not

"Florida Mall is closed," a deputy driving around the perimeter of the mall announced on a loudspeaker. "Please leave the premises. This is an unlawful gathering. There is no shoe release tonight."

Several people said they coveted the $220, limited-edition shoes for their resale value, which some estimated at up to 10 times or more than the retail price.

According to the website: "The Nike Foamposite One, showcasing an out-of-this-world galactic print upper, includes a Polyurethane midsole and a Nike Zoom unit in heel for low-profile, responsive cushioning

Just before Christmas, the re-release of the Nike Air Jordan XI caused a ruckus at stores across the country, with crowds fighting and, in Lithonia, Ga., breaking down the doors.

In Jersey City, N.J., a 20-year-old man was stabbed seven times amid a crowd of about 300 people waiting to buy the shoes, a local newspaper reported. In Richmond, Calif., police said one person fired a shot at a mall as about 1,000 people lined up for their chance at the shoes; a suspect was arrested.

Near Seattle, police used pepper spray to control fighting among would-be Air Jordan owners. Unruly shoppers also were reported in Indianapolis, San Antonio, Charlotte, N.C., and Richmond, Va., resulting in several arrests and injuries.

According to Fox News, on Craigslist, someone has offered a car — a 1996 Cavalier — for a pair. And others are prepared to pay up $2400 for the shoes.

So it sounds to us like Mr. Obama had better mandate that everyone can have free access to them. In the name of ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Cops Break Up Melee Before Nike Shoe Sales”

  1. canary

    Footage of riot over Nike shoe

    Found footage of the riot in December for Nike shoe, however media perhaps feared Florida riot would entice more riots. The new foam Nike is being peddled for $7000 on E-Bay.

    To see the looks on my nieces and nephews face….yes! It was worth being trampled over.

    video
    (stampede riot over Jordon shoes)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqwg1KE2-xQ

    One young black gentleman posted on you tube this is happening in all the states, and how foolish these people are, and made an excellent point asking

    Why isn’t the rich Michael Jordon doing something about this dangerous trend ?

  2. Anonymoose

    Stupid; in a few months this new bling is the old thing and they’re all fighting over something else. Plus, it’s JUST A SHOE!!!! It’s also probably one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.

    Fighting over these shoes, stabbing people, rioting—and if you notice the trend also seems to be wearing them with the laces all undone, which I’m sure is a really good use of all this “cushioning technology.”

    And the thing is, in three months you’ll get them at cost on Ebay.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      All very logical, common-sensical arguments, moose. And that’s the problem.

      I’m sure people here have noticed, as have I in the past several decades the fact that adults don’t grow up anymore. I remember when maturity was the mark of an adult and adults were in charge and only kids would have their priorities right up their a**es like this. But generally, their parents wouldn’t such things tolerate this. But now, it’s the adults (in name only) who behave this way and who set a horrendous example to the kids on how to act.

      The TV shows all have adults acting like kids with shows like “Two And A Half Men”, “According to Jim”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “Friends”, etc.

      Compared to shows of the past, there were a smattering of such like M*A*S*H where apparently it was very cool for surgeons to act like delinquents and I’ll even admit it was funny, but it was TV, in other words not-reality but even the “reality” TV shows are demonstrating that supposed adults act like petulant children (see: Obama) all the time and somehow that’s “cool”.

      I associate this with the sudden disappearance of hats. Well, I’m kidding really, but back in the 50’s a man’s hat told you about him. No hats anymore and everyone wears jeans to work and fine clothing is only seen on occasion. The cultural shift has taken hold and although I agree with it to some extent, the quiet maturity that was learned when ascending to adulthood is gone.

      I am appalled by reports about the rush on the must-have toy for Christmas (X-Box or Tickle Me Elmo) and people waiting in lines overnight or for two whole days to be the first to see a new movie. To me, that’s just pathetic. We may be a consumer society and I’m all for that. But really. However, I’ll also bet you that the people waiting in line for those really “fly” Nike sneakers are vastly heavy left-wing losers with no real lives or realistic goals. Pathetic people who are looking for the new shiny so they can have a brief moment of happiness, never having learned that happiness is derived from within, not from the outside, as Mark Levin points out in his book, “Ameritopia”.

      True, this kind of thing has gone on for generations but it’s especially glaring now. “I want”, “Me-me-me”, “I’ll be happy if I can only get my hands on one of those ______”.

      But it’s not just sneakers. It’s how people view the opposite sex as well. There’s a joke amongst men, “Yeah, she may be hot….but no matter how hot she is, somebody somewhere is sick of her sh**.” Which is somewhat telling. Great, so your girlfriend is a hottie but…looks are passing/fleeting and only the thing that should initially attract. After that, personality, character, honesty, realism, level-headedness, manners etc etc etc. Do parents teach that anymore or do the dads just tell their sons, “get the prettiest girl you can find”. Or is it, “Man, if I had her, I’d be happy”.

      Covetousness is one of the sins. There’s a reason for that. Envy as well. Sure, I have my struggles with it so I’m not trying to lecture anyone but I also sit back and try to be realistic. There are things I can afford and things which I cannot. Being able to accept that tells me that I’m at least somewhat mature. Not going ga-ga over a pair of stupid sneakers is another. I also don’t suffer from celebrity worship. I have never sought or asked for an autograph tough I have sat next to celebrities on airplanes. I have never attended an event because my favorite TV star was there. In fact, though I admire their talent, I know that the world will continue to turn without their presence.

      So what is it? It has to be the force of something lacking that makes people behave like this. Some kind of emptiness. And I’m not saying they need to get religion. I am not that religious but I know I don’t need a pair of fugly sneakers to find happiness. Like moose said, “It’s just a shoe”.

      Lastly, I think there’s a fundamental problem with the left and in part, at least it’s due to their rejection of the teachings of the Judeo-Christian faiths. “Money can’t buy happiness” is a definite truism. Although I’d rather be miserable-rich than miserable-poor, the fact that many people who have money still commit suicide is a telling feature. But the left has been trying and largely succeeding for years in dictating our values to us. Oddly they state how much they hate capitalism but, when you take it all apart, that hatred of capitalism is because they are angry they haven’t worked and gotten to a place where they can afford nice things, generally speaking and thus, they blame it on the supposition that the “big corporations” are out there to take your money; steal it, if you will. This is an extreme falsehood. Like Steve jested: “So it sounds to us like Mr. Obama had better mandate that everyone can have free access to them. In the name of ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice.’ “

    • tranquil.night

      I think you both have driven home why the economic/capitalist side of Conservatism from social values/individual responsibility side can’t honestly be intellectually seperated from eachother. One of the founder’s most consistent warnings was that the Constitution could not survive if the people no longer reflected its character.

      ” REAGAN: That shrewdest of all observers of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, put it eloquently after he had gone on a search for the secret of America’s greatness and genius, and he said, “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America. America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” I want you to know that this administration is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the greatness of America in you, her people, and in your families, churches, neighborhoods, communities, the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for others and respect for the rule of law under God.”

      – Reagan, who provoked an exodus from the Republican Party of course.

      Rush played his clips this week: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/da.....ire_speech

      Neither a radical individualist, nor afraid to talk traditionalism publically. Nor a warmonger either, for that matter.

      “So it sounds to us like Mr. Obama had better mandate that everyone can have free access to them. In the name of ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice.’”

      Heheh =3

  3. Not so fast

    Since these are the people who are now running our country, I guess it explains a lot! LOL

  4. nascarnation

    Anyone notice that Baraq’s people are never fighting over work shoes?


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