Ho! Ho! Ho’s! in Quest of Shoes

Tis the season for some shoppers to behave like fools. Have you seen the televised interview of the “ladies” and “gentlemen” who have bitten, scratched, punched and shoved their way through crowds of equally barbaric shoppers in pursuit of a style of basketball shoes? Even children’s safety was jeopardized in at least one instance when police in Georgia had to smash the windows of a car to get two toddlers out after a woman had left them there to go buy the shoes. She was taken into custody when she returned, according to the AP.

Newsday reports:

SEATTLE – Fights, vandalism and arrests marked the release of Nike’s new Air Jordan basketball shoes as a shopping rush on stores across the United States led to unrest that nearly turned into rioting.The outbursts of chaos stretched from Washington state to Georgia as shoppers — often waiting for hours in lines — converged on stores Friday in pursuit of the shoes, a retro model of one of the most popular Air Jordans ever made.

In suburban Seattle, police used pepper spray on about 20 customers who started fighting at the Westfield Southcenter mall. The crowd started gathering at four stores in the mall around midnight and had grown to more than 1,000 people by 4 a.m., when the stores opened, Tukwila Officer Mike Murphy said. He said it started as fighting and pushing among people in line and escalated over the next hour.


It is worth your time to tune into a news report of the shopping frenzy.  Printed news reports can’t do justice to interviews of the shoppers as they do their best to justify their belligerent behavior. The body language, alone, of the “determined” shoppers is both amusing and alarming.


  1. My wife and I went to Lowe’s last night, to look for something specific, and were pleasantly surprised to find very minimal crowds. It was something I had thought of getting her for Christmas, but was a large enough item, with enough varied styles, that I wanted her to select it herself. She picked a style which surprised me, but then said, “You know, I’ve almost ordered this myself five times on QVC, but never did,” and then mentioned that on QVC a color was available that she wanted, which wasn’t at the store. So, she ordered it last night on QVC, which means we won’t get it until after Christmas, but it wasn’t my only present for her.

  2. I, too, am a big fan of QVC, both the televised QVC and the QVC web site. My major shopping “weakness,” however, is eBay. I love the challenge of bidding on something that apparently someone else wants as well…even, I must confess, when I sometimes have no idea what to do with my “winnings.”

    Does anyone need a bright red handbag–maybe even two or three bright red handbags?

  3. I just got back from WalMart, where I bought the last two things I’m getting for my darling bride. Everything is wrapped and under — or around — the tree.

    I didn’t think of anything utterly surprising or sensational this year, but I did know what I was going to get her before I went out to get it, and that meant I could go in the store, go directly to what I was getting, check out and leave. For me, the most frustrating part of Christmas shopping comes when I have no flaming idea what to get, and I’m walking around, shopping. Ughhh! And this Christmas was especially easy shopping for me: I never entered the mall! Everything was either from WalMart or amazon.com.

    Of course, I’d have liked to get her something from the local Ford dealership but that wasn’t going to happen.

  4. By the way, WalMart wasn’t crowded, and Lowe’s was shutting down as I passed. And I saw the poor guy, closing up the Christmas tree lot as I was heading out there; his work is done for the year.

  5. Dear Mr. Editor:

    If you are shopping at Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve You have a problem. My Christmas shopping was done in November! Tonight I gave June a Dolche & Gabbana perfume. Now I’m in trouble.

  6. It seems that shoppers are going more to on-line shopping each year, and certainly true for my wife and me.

    Speaking of QVC, we have a QVC outlet here in Rehoboth Beach, where my wife saw a pressure cooker she liked, so that has become one of her Christmas gifts. I remember pressure cookers coming into stores years ago when I was a kid, when fresh vegetables were prominent before frozen foods were. They were advertised that they avoid extracting some of the nutrients from the vegetables, which I believe to this day, so we now have our first pressure cooker.

    My son-in-law is a systems engineer for QVC, who tells me that there has been a major uptick in their business, indicative of an economy beginning to click.

  7. Hoag, I am lucky if I’m done by Christmas eve! And I’m typing on my new Tablet my darling bride got me for Christmas. I’m still trying to figure this machine out.

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