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.
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.