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Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:58 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 4:04 pm
 
The Nike Foamposite One Galaxy shoes caused a riot? Really? (NiceKicks.com)


The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend got started off on the wrong foot Thursday night when what has been described as a small riot broke out at a shoe release for the Nike Foamposite One Galaxy at a mall in Orlando. The release was not associated with the NBA in any way, but Nike had obviously planned the event around All-Star Weekend, and things got scary eventually. From CBSNews.com: 
The Orlando Sentinel reports the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed. However, one person ran toward Foot Locker and others followed. Authorities formed a line and use shields to protect themselves and push back the crowd.Store employees became concerned and called 911.

"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.Witnesses said more police officers quickly arrived, decked out in riot gear and fortified by still more deputies on horseback, on motorcycles and in patrol cars. A helicopter with a spotlight hovered overhead."

Due to the overwhelming turnout at the midnight shoe release, and with everyone's safety in mind, Foot Locker canceled the shoe debut," Florida Mall General Manager Lydia Gilmore said in a statement.

Nike followed suit by canceling the shoe release at several stores."Due to safety concerns, we are canceling the All-Star releases this weekend at the following Foot Locker House of Hoops stores: Florida Mall, Pembroke Mall, University Mall in Tampa, Southlake Mall and PG Plaza. Our priority is the safety of the community," Nike said in a statement.
via Nike Air Foamposite One Galaxy shoe release Spurs riot at Florida mall - Crimesider - CBS News.

Well, that's totally insane.

NiceKicks.com reports that the shoes have a listing for $70,000 on eBay, and that there's a week-long camp-out going on for them in NYC.

It's easy to get on the high horse about this; they are just shoes, after all. But it's no different than the way people go nuts over Black Friday, or a new car, or a new CD, video game, hunting gear, television, concert tickets and the like. People want things, and the want them more if they are rare, and they want them even more if they happen to devote their hobbies towards those objects. The problem is not shoes, here. It's people, and people being nuts when put into large groups with the pressure of a situation like this one.

At least the violence was contained and there are no reported casualties. 

All-Star Weekend off to a great start.

(HT: Nice Kicks
Category: NBA
Comments

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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:23 pm
 

Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

I hate to be biased but i can't imagine a bunch of white guys waiting for sneakers overnight.....There are some who are into this ghetto sneaker 'game,' the rest have better things to do than spend $150+ for something made in a Taiwanese sweatshop&
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I doubt it's even $10, maybe with all the materials and shipping it works out to that, but not the actual construction. They pay maybe $10 a day for each worker.

Anyway the reason why white people don't wait for sneakers overnight is that every white person buys running sneakers. There isn't much competition to get running sneakers. Why? Because running fucking sucks. So everyone buys aasics and hates running but runs anyway. Man I hate running.

I wish I was younger again and playing sports to stay in shape, instead of this shitty running.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

what a waste of TIME AND MONEY, those things are ugly as hell



Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

Could be, considering you can see white people trample people to death for Black Friday at Walmart every year.

But we all know what you really mean and what you're going for.

I hate to be biased but i can't imagine a bunch of white guys waiting for sneakers overnight.....There are some who are into this ghetto sneaker 'game,' the rest have better things to do than spend $150+ for something made in a Taiwanese sweatshop&nbs
p;for $10.






      



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

I'm going to go out on the limb here.  It was all white people right?
Could be, considering you can see white people trample people to death for Black Friday at Walmart every year.

But we all know what you really mean and what you're going for.

You haven't seen a frenzied mob until you've seen a bunch of white women at a bed bath and beyond clearance sale though.





Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:59 am
 

Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

People , its called building the ' hype machine '. Nike knows exactly what their doing .I wouldnt be surprised if they paid people to wait on line and go crazy .



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:43 am
 

Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

to most people all this fuss over shoes seems silly. but hey i have some hobbies and beliefs that would be silly to some people, so it evens out.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:47 am
 

Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

The title was correct....shoe fans.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:25 pm
 

Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Shoe fans riot at release in Orlando

Interesting no pictures/video was posted with this story. Somehow we are not allowed
to see what type of idiots are causing a danger to self or others. I think I know, though.
We got a long way to go, baby.


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