Skip to comments.Rush For Shoes At Texas Mall Ends With Pepper Spray
Posted on 12/22/2012 7:29:44 AM PST by crosshairs
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) A Fort Worth shoe store may think better of its first-come-first-serve policy after a small riot occurred surrounding the release of the new Retro Air Jordan shoes.
The Shoe Palace at Hulen Mall decided to let people line up to buy the shoes. A line formed around 5:00 a.m. and at one point the pushing and shoving in the crowd knocked over a couple police officers working as security.
At that point the mall security officer sprayed a short burst of mace (pepper spray) into the crowd, Fort Worth police Sergeant Pedro Criado explained. The Fort Worth officer that got knocked down to the ground, he sprayed a short burst of mace into the crowd as well.
Most stores across North Texas used a voucher system to sell the shoes and there were reportedly no problems at those locations. Sergeant Criado thinks the approach is safer. Its like a lottery system you get a voucher and your name gets drawn, then you get the opportunity to pick up your shoes within 24 hours, he said. Yes, I think thats a better system. Itll avoid any crowds from gathering and any riots from occurring.
The pepper spray dispersed the crowd and didnt end with anyone hurt. There were no reported injuries, Criado said. The officer did not get transported to the hospital, basically just scrapes and bruising from getting knocked down.
Fort Worth police made no arrests in regard to the incident.
Just wait ‘til folks are lining up for their free Obama shoes!
One of the comments from the story:
Should have thrown a stack of job applications at the crowd. That would have made them scatter faster than pepper spray.
Over frickin’ shoes??? You were right, Mr. Traficant...beam us up; there isn’t enough intelligent life down here to even bother with...
I’ve seen too many of these incidents to be surprised anymore, but I still have to shake my head. All this nonsense over a lousy pair of sneakers. We truly have lost sight of what is really important.
I’m reminded of a particular Calvin and Hobbes strip (it went something like this):
Calvin: “Today’s consumer is hip and sophisticated. We aren’t manipulated by commercials and advertisements”
Hobbes: “I think I hear advertisers laughing”
Calvin: “Hold on, I need to inflate my basketball shoes.”
Is it just me or is there some sort of weird commonality to these stories?
“Is it just me or is there some sort of weird commonality to these stories?”
It HAS to be you!
Any other conclusion would be racist.
I am glad I do not understand this.
In my mind, the closest thing is the people stealing and selling Scrooge’s drapes.
“In keeping with the situation such as it is”
I don't remember one violent outbreak for these. ;-)
I asked her for Adidas and she bought me Zips!
It isn't just you, and it is The Fact Which Shall Not Be Named by anyone in the media-----not even the most conservative of them.