Friday, December 21, 2012
Police use pepper spray on crowd waiting for new Jordan shoes
On Friday, a crowd estimated to be between 350 and 400 shoppers eagerly awaited to buy a pair of Nike Air Jordan Retro 11 shoes outside of a mall in Fort Worth, Texas. Those shoppers turned out to be a bit too eager as police were forced to use pepper spray after fights reportedly broke out amongst the mob.
Upon arriving at the scene, several officers went to the front of the crowd, standing between the doors of the mall and the crowd. At one point, one of the officers yelled out a few words before dousing the shoppers with pepper spray. At least two people were treated at the scene
The shoes, which sell for $185, went on sale for the first day Friday, spurring the long lines. Several stores inside the mall were selling the retro Air Jordans, which some shoppers said sold out in adult sizes not long after the mall opened.
Nobody was arrested.
Perhaps the folks at Nike should borrow the old tag line used by Klondike Ice Cream Bars: "What would you do for a Klondike Bar?" Apparently, fans of Jordan shoes are willing to do anything, even absorbing a dousing of liquid irritant.