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Black Eye Friday: Shoppers throw punches over new Air Jordans
WBTV Pineville ^ | Dec 23, 2011 | Derrick Rose

Posted on 12/23/2011 10:33:44 AM PST by bkopto

Dozens of police officers had to break up fights and restore order at a local mall while shoppers were waiting for an overnight sale of a popular tennis shoe.

The disturbance started inside Carolina Place Mall just after 5am. Witnesses said as mall officials opened the mall doors, crowds of people pushed their way in.

"They almost took the door off the hinges," one shopper who didn't want to be identified said, "there were women with babies in their hands and they on their backs."

Shoppers were in line waiting for the re-release of the Air Jordan XI Concord tennis shoe at Foot Locker, Finish Line and Downtown Locker Room.

Outside the Foot Locker on the second floor, witnesses said some shoppers started jumping the line, then a crowd of people at the back of the line forced their way to the front, causing several people to get angry and become unruly.

"People were falling, I had to jump over a girl, it was crazy," Dominique Brewer said.

Two women were even spotted throwing punches. The incident was caught on camera by WBTV Photojournalist Corey Schmidt. Neither woman was arrested.

More than a two dozen officers from Pineville Police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were stationed inside the mall as the stores continued to make their sales.

"Overall, it was a successful event," Carolina Place Mall General Manager Susan Barwick said. When asked what happened to the women who were fighting, Barwick said she was unaware of any fights inside the mall.

Outside the mall, crews were cleaning up piles of debris and trash left behind by mall patrons.

At Northlake Mall, shoppers forced the mall doors open, taking the sliders off the hinges. "At 6:30, they were like, that's it, we're going to bust the doors down, they busted the doors down, everybody was falling and running, shoes everywhere," one witness said.

Police responded to the mall in a big way, sending 40 officers to the scene. One person was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, a police spokesperson said.

Other witnesses said mall security threatened to arrest more people if they did not leave the mall before it officially opened.

At SouthPark Mall, there were more reports of large crowds and an increased police presence, although no incidents or arrests were reported, police said.

Across the country, there were similar scenes of crowds forcing their way into malls. A YouTube video showed a group of people fighting outside a Brooklyn shoe store.

The crowd outside the Bobcats Store at Time Warner Cable Arena was not disruptive, but tensions ran high as only season ticket holders got first dibs at the new shoes. One lucky holder was scheduled to have a pair signed by Michael Jordan himself.

The Charlotte Bobcats did offer everyone who was outside the area a free pair of tickets to Friday's game against the Orlando Magic, which did not appease many who said they waited for hours.

On the social media website, Twitter, many users asked and questioned the appeal of the shoes that are valued at $180 a pair.

Twenty years ago, Nike teamed up with filmmaker Spike Lee and Michael Jordan and sent the brand into the sales stratosphere.

The shoes are so popular, collectors will fork over nearly 2 hundred dollars and never even wear them. Many just want the chance to own a piece of the Jordan empire.

Friday, it seemed, many were willing to do anything to get that chance.

So far, no injuries have been reported in the Charlotte area.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: holderspeople; jordan; obamavoters; shoes; zombies

1 posted on 12/23/2011 10:33:55 AM PST by bkopto
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To: bkopto

The same thing happened in Atlanta where they broke doors and were multiple arrests.

This is an inner city must-have, and there have been reports of chaos across the US.


2 posted on 12/23/2011 10:38:37 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: bkopto

‘Tis the season.


3 posted on 12/23/2011 10:40:55 AM PST by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: bkopto

You gotta have your priorities straight.

/S


4 posted on 12/23/2011 10:41:19 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: bkopto

What a crazy Christmas shopping season.

On Black Friday, people got into fistfights over major price reductions on waffle makers.

Around Black Friday, some woman pepper sprayed other shoppers to get an X-Box.

Now there is mayhem to get sneakers.

Is the veneer of civilization very thin?????


5 posted on 12/23/2011 10:41:44 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: bkopto

Holder’s people or Amish people?


6 posted on 12/23/2011 10:42:29 AM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: bkopto

Tennis shoes? Don’t think I’ver ever seen anyone wear Air Jordans on a tennis court. Felony Flyers would probably be more apt.


7 posted on 12/23/2011 10:42:48 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: bkopto
What's the big deal?

...they don't even have flubber on'em.

8 posted on 12/23/2011 10:43:19 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: bkopto

If people behave like this over stupid $200 sneakers (likely made by slave labor in China for $10.42), imagine what would happen if there were food shortages.


9 posted on 12/23/2011 10:43:55 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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10 posted on 12/23/2011 10:44:51 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: bkopto

It seems that it all started when the crowd of Air Jordan Buyers found out that the store would not be accepting Food Stamps or Welfare checks for shoe payments. Many in the crowd were overheard saying they are mad at Obama now.


11 posted on 12/23/2011 10:45:06 AM PST by cquiggy
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To: Dilbert San Diego
What a crazy Christmas shopping season.

Here's a little Christmas brain cleanser to help counteract these news stories.

12 posted on 12/23/2011 10:46:11 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: wac3rd
This is an inner city must-have, and there have been reports of chaos across the US.

And after Christmas you can bet we'll be reading articles of people gunned down for their Air Jordans.

13 posted on 12/23/2011 10:47:06 AM PST by Drew68
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To: bkopto

Happened here in Indy too.

Geesh


14 posted on 12/23/2011 10:47:42 AM PST by dforest
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To: Dilbert San Diego

This is what happened here in Indy so a couple thugs could get an X-box.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CC0QqQIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fus%2F2011%2F12%2F22%2F2-indiana-men-arraigned-in-killings-girl-uncle%2F&ei=Gsv0Tv_bNYqcgQfv5ZmNAg&usg=AFQjCNEXbwVVVwWlOz28NSx78wU0E4QjRA&sig2=0YeaIk9nYOJ-iaRAZ5j6_A


15 posted on 12/23/2011 10:54:19 AM PST by dforest
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To: forgotten man
Holder’s people or Amish people?
Three guesses - first two don't count:

And the aftermath:

I honest to God sympathize with the decent blacks.

16 posted on 12/23/2011 10:58:08 AM PST by Oatka (This is the USA, assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: bkopto

Fox was showing these videos and there was something oddly similar about all of the participants.


17 posted on 12/23/2011 10:58:19 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: bkopto

This store is right outside of Charlotte,NC...Dems better hope McDonalds has enough Chicken McNuggets during the Democratic Convention or their could be riots.


18 posted on 12/23/2011 10:58:29 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: chris_bdba

“Black Eye Friday”

For those who can read between the lines...


19 posted on 12/23/2011 11:02:43 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: bkopto

Brings a whole new meaning to the term 'Blue Light Special' doesn't it.
20 posted on 12/23/2011 11:05:42 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: bkopto

I’m thinking some of those in the crowd willing to pay $180 for a pair of shoes probably aren’t needing their government assistance so much.


21 posted on 12/23/2011 11:06:02 AM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: bkopto

Most will be double p.o.’d when the repo man comes fo day Mercedes.


22 posted on 12/23/2011 11:24:58 AM PST by albie
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To: bkopto

Well at least none of them are on government assistance. For if they can afford $200 for a pair of sneakers, they must be prosperous indeed!


23 posted on 12/23/2011 11:31:26 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 43 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Is the veneer of civilization very thin?????

Obviously, in some places it is worn clean through. But yes, it is thin at best. We are never far from the jungle.

24 posted on 12/23/2011 11:42:28 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Pan_Yan
Thank you so much! I love those flash mob viddies ;)

Merry Christmas!

25 posted on 12/23/2011 11:53:33 AM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Geithner: Taxes on 'Small Business' Must Rise So Government Doesn't 'Shrink')
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To: Pan_Yan

Thank you for posting that.

I love those kinds of “Flash Mobs”. That other trash makes me ill.


26 posted on 12/23/2011 12:20:48 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: bkopto

Love where the guy says “I had to jump over a girl.”

Never occurred to him to help her up?

These people are worse than animals!


27 posted on 12/23/2011 12:25:30 PM PST by derllak
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To: derllak

So many of these feral bums get various entitlements/handouts and programs that they have money to buy $200 shoes. Feral. Merry Christmas, you losers.


28 posted on 12/23/2011 12:38:03 PM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: forgotten man

Evidently capitalists after some fashion.


29 posted on 12/23/2011 1:02:06 PM PST by onedoug (6-4-3)
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To: smokingfrog

Our high-end suburban mall was infested with two hundred specimens of that exact guy (and his Hispanic equivalent) yesterday. I’m still not sure how they managed to find their way out here. :)


30 posted on 12/23/2011 1:12:20 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: bkopto
Those Amish and crackers, you can always expect them to act like animals. Why didn't they have the national guard at those stores to maintain public safety?

< /sarc >

31 posted on 12/23/2011 1:15:26 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: wac3rd
One person was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, a police spokesperson said.

...am I missing something here?
32 posted on 12/23/2011 1:16:53 PM PST by DJlaysitup
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To: DJlaysitup
...am I missing something here?

You mean other than a sense of compassion for the underprivileged?

< /sarc >

33 posted on 12/23/2011 1:46:20 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: forgotten man

“Holder’s people or Amish people?”

In Atlanta it was Holder’s people.


34 posted on 12/23/2011 1:49:45 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: DJlaysitup

This article is about Charlotte, NC...I was referring to Atlanta (see Drudge)


35 posted on 12/23/2011 3:45:56 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

The amazing thing to me was one could go online to the finish line and find them for sale there.Why go to the trouble?


36 posted on 12/23/2011 9:14:54 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: forgotten man

I’ve seen video footage so far from Indianapolis (two malls), Charlotte, Atlanta, and Houston, and every single one was 100% Holder’s People. No “diversity” there whatsoever.

}:-)4


37 posted on 12/27/2011 7:51:45 AM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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