Shoppers Waiting For Shoe Release Riot, Break Into Mall

TAYLOR (WWJ) – Hundreds of shoppers who lined up before dawn to buy one of the season’s most wanted new shoes became unruly and began forcing their way inside Taylor’s Southland Mall on Friday.

A crowd of about 100 people planning to put a pair of limited edition Nike basketball shoes under a gift tree, or on their own feet, forced open a pair of doors almost three hours before the 8 a.m. opening and stormed inside. Another 200 people were gathered outside.

Southland Security called for Taylor police, who then summoned assistance from Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Southgate and Brownstown Township to restore order. Once inside, police say there was some minor interior damage to decorations and benches that were toppled over during the scuffle.

A 21-year-old Detroit man was arrested for inciting a riot. Nobody was hurt.

This isn’t the first time that Nike has done a special limited release of a popular style of sneakers. But at the Finish Line store at Southland Mall, manager Deron Mason told WWJ’s Pat Sweeting he had hundreds of customers rushing in to buy the store’s 40 pairs of Nike Air Jordan Retro XI — which cost upwards of $180.

“That shoe, you know what, it was popular then back when Jordan dropped it in ’95. It was a shoe that was popular then after he came back from retirement and it came back out five years later and it sold out again. So, it’s been 10 years since it dropped and everybody wants that shoe like it’s a culture that everybody has got to have it,” said Mason.

The shoe sold out within 20 minutes at the store and Mason said he was offered everything from several hundred dollars to the title of someone’s car just to reserve a pair for them.

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  1. james says:

    We need to bring back segregation. Blacks are not fit to live in a civilized society. It was obvious then, and it’s obvious now.

  2. retired says:

    they just happen to be 99.9% black…. just a frkkin coincidence…

  3. Jim Burke says:

    Wow………..

    When I first saw the film footage I was away from the monitor and couldn’t hear the audio. I thought it was footage of people scrambling for an airplane food drop in Biafra.

  4. Jim Burke says:

    Next year require a pay stub for purchase rights.

  5. ryan says:

    Aren’t these people the 99%?

  6. Joe G says:

    All blacks in North America need to be either shot or deported. Like Baboons, blacks can’t help acting the way they do. They’re born that way. I just don’t want them roaming the streets in North America. Blacks have made every city in which they are the majority unlivable for white families. White people would be much better off without them.

  7. William Baranowski says:

    ‘gro footsies.

  8. Joe says:

    These are the same people that will do everything in their power to keep their leader in power. Are these the first of obozos brown shirts?
    TAKE BACK AMERICA 2012

  9. Liberal_Stupidity says:

    When you got a radical leader that is the most negative prez America has experienced it just give permission for eveyone like hime to behave in the exact same way. I hope America is watching and uses thier vote next year to cut the head off the snake in DC

  10. Joe Blow says:

    Forget about color. These are democrats!

  11. Cigars Andscotch says:

    Exactly what I had expected. The crimes were committed by a bunch of white soccer moms…….oh, wait a minute

  12. Jerry Frey says:

    PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Michael A. Nutter, telling marauding black youths “you have damaged your own race,” imposed a tougher curfew Monday in response to the latest “flash mob” — spontaneous groups of teens who attack people at random on the streets of the city’s tourist and fashionable shopping districts.

    “Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s third black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”

    “If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

    http://napoleonlive.info/did-you-know/violence-2/

  13. White people are really "Pink" says:

    Funny how we have all forgotten the fights and brawls that folks with “Pink” skin had over Tickle Me Elmo dolls and few years back at Christmas time. Funny, I don’t recall any Black folks calling them fighting “Pink” skinners names such as “animals”. Is name calling and hate mongering inbred into the “Pink” race???

    1. Annie says:

      “Pink” people, mostly women tend to pull out each others hairs over bridal discounts like at Filenes annual bridal sale. “Pink” men and soccer moms tend to scream, name call and sometimes just lose it- and society comes down on them hard. Black thugs take out switch blades, stab, shoot and kill others over a $100 pair of sneakers. Even African honey bees have a propensity toward deadly swarming. Face it and act (or DONT act) accordingly.

    2. RicardoCabeza says:

      The negro continually and always acts in an ignorant manner it is the curse of the colored race the joyful embrace willful ignorance.

    3. jon says:

      I checked the facts, their were no shootings, breaking into the stores or fighting with police over tickle me Elmo dolls. There also are no people with pink skin.

      1. Annie says:

        jon, please dont confuse an idiotic opinion with a bunch of annoying facts!

  14. Todd P. says:

    And EVERY SINGLE ONE of these simpletons VOTED FOR OBAMA!! (if they voted at all) Time to set a time limit (# of years) on welfare benefits. If you can’t make it by then, it’s time to beg for charity from a relative, friend, or church………

  15. Chaco says:

    The Japanese go through a Sunami and near nuclear meltdown with less turmoil than these dopes fighting over some stupid ghetto fashion statement.

  16. sonic says:

    Bet most there were on welfare and WE paid for those ugly sneakers. Ignorant slobs

  17. Billy Bob says:

    Those shoes would look good on a 250 pound rapper.

  18. David Rutstein says:

    Terrible, how we have to end Obama’s term and end this free lunch. http://www.beyondquotes.com/marijuana. You can see the result of illegal drugs and welfare.

  19. Fatima says:

    Lord, save us from people who pepetuate negative stereotypes. Tsk, just too bad people cannot get out of their own way and want to blame others for their poor outcomes in life.

    1. jon says:

      The people that perpetuate negative stereotypes are blacks themselves. Go to Drudge Report and see that blacks have rioted over these shoes in every major city where this sale has been offered. How many example of the same behavior does it take for you to wake up and smell the java beans?

  20. Panz says:

    What happened to the Civil Rights leaders and participants? If you look back at photos of those people, their heads were always held high, they knew there was a better America and they were helping to create it.

    Then along came the liberal programs, blacks were given handouts and special treatment and this is the outcome. A bunch of animals fighting over ugly shoes. Shoes! sneakers! They aren’t even decent shoes, just sneakers–you’ll wear them untied so they flop around on your feet.

    You can’t speak English, merely ghetto slur. You can’t pull up or zip up your pants, you can’t tie your shoes–you’re just not smart enough. And yes, your trashy president encourages this behavior. You’re much easier to manage when you’re just a bunch of animals to be poked and prodded as necessary.

    There are African Americans in this country and then there is you. Wake up and look at yourself. All that for a pair of sneakers?? Really stupid.

  21. Toxic Avenger says:

    It looks like a negro sneaker frenzy.

  22. Ramon says:

    Well, Well … Obama supporters at their finest! (lol)

  23. justified says:

    A thinking person asks themselves, “What are you going to DO about it?” Are you going to support the Democratic borne Welfare culture, that led directly to this mess, or are you voting against their candidates by electing viable candidates i.e. GOP candidates.

    Not Independents, as on a State or Federal level a vote THIS TIME for an Independent is a vote for the End of America as we know it. The debt piling up will kill us or the Taxes will.

    ATTENTION: Blue Dog Democrats, the DNC/Obama has stated ‘YOU are NOT in our Future plans.’

  24. John McCombs says:

    Michael Jordan and Nike should be held accountible for this atrocity. If gun manufacturers are at fault for gun crimes, then Michael Jordan and Nike should be made to suffer for this chimpout. On a serious note, however, wouldn’t a statement from Michael Jordan go a long, long way toward reducing the violence. If he simply said, “Really folks, are you serious? You’re going to hurt each other over a pair of overpriced basketball shoes?” But no, MJ doesn’t have it in him because as long as there is an extra nickel to be drained from his peeps, he’s perfectly OK with the violence. Well done, Mike. Well done.

  25. A.K. says:

    NEGRO’S ARE ENORMOUSLY STUPIDLY VIOLENT…IT’S A BRAIN SIZE THING!

  26. jon says:

    If you went to Drudge you would see the ugly side of blacks is nation wide and not just a local thing. What a shameful culture they have created amongst themselves

  27. Lordrobot says:

    Illegitimate Baby needs a new pair of shoes….

  28. Artic Slayer says:

    lol nuttin like obama people tryin to save the food
    stamps fo sumpin like this mo impotant huh…
    Oh Sorry was I a little racist….

    naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Just the
    facts…

    Doubt me? Just correct me and I will call you RACIST! lol

    You LOOSERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

    I didn’t vote for obama last time but this time I am
    going to vote for him…. I think he is the best thing
    for America in recent history… WONDERFUL! 4 more years
    and this country will be purged of a corrupt congress and
    senate because the people are going to purge every
    politician out by civil war…. There will be unrest like
    never seen in America. Because now Americans believe that
    good is bad and bad is good. Once this country goes even
    further to hell in a hand basket there will be a
    purging… When Americans can’t say “Merry Christmas”
    because good is bad and once they can’t store more than
    seven days worth of food because good is bad and once
    they can’t own a gun because good is bad….. There will
    be a purging of the bad by the good! So lets pull
    together and re-elect this person…. OBAMA2012!

  29. John Scott says:

    lol nuttin like obama people tryin to save the food
    stamps fo sumpin like this mo impotant huh…
    Oh Sorry was I a little racist….

    naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Just the
    facts…

    Doubt me? Just correct me and I will call you RACIST! lol

    You LOOSERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

    I didn’t vote for obama last time but this time I am
    going to vote for him…. I think he is the best thing
    for America in recent history… WONDERFUL! 4 more years
    and this country will be purged of a corrupt congress and
    senate because the people are going to purge every
    politician out by civil war…. There will be unrest like
    never seen in America. Because now Americans believe that
    good is bad and bad is good. Once this country goes even
    further to hell in a hand basket there will be a
    purging… When Americans can’t say “Merry Christmas”
    because good is bad and once they can’t store more than
    seven days worth of food because good is bad and once
    they can’t own a gun because good is bad….. There will
    be a purging of the bad by the good! So lets pull
    together and re-elect this person…. OBAMA2012!

  30. Steven Travis says:

    What’s the one common denominator in all this????

  31. Vince says:

    The big question is why isn’t OBAMA speaking out on this issue??? He manages to find time to speak out if a white police officer is ACCUSED of racism when he restrains a black “professor” from breaking into his house. Remember that? Without knowing the facts he JUMPS and gives a speech. But incidents like these teenage hoodlums who rob, beat up, and steal every day he says NOT A WORD about. This is Obamanation. I hope those of you who voted for him are happy now.

  32. Cisco says:

    Gorillas In The Mist!

    1. feduptoo says:

      Not so, they take care of their young!

  33. McGruff says:

    I immediately wondered if my suspicion would be correct … and it was.

  34. gwbnyc says:

    “under a gift tree”

    A GIFT TREE?

    Cowards.

  35. Gustafus21 says:

    These are farm animals — who were given human rights — and they behave as farm animals.

    Look what Venus Williams has done to tennis? – She threatens to ‘rearrange the face” of a line judge?

    They should have been exterminated. Or forced breeding with whites could have produced something more benign like O and family…. but ONLY white genes can influence these vermin

  36. Barry bin Inhalin says:

    I saw the headline and didn’t even wonder.

  37. Patrick Nugent says:

    EVERYBODY SING: “We won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, so bring it right here!”

  38. ShoeShine says:

    What’s with these people and shoes???

  39. Greg says:

    I didn.t see any white people ni the crowd? Only Blacks ??? What a violent group of people, they need to get civilized.

  40. Mike_in_Kyiv says:

    Pure silliness! No gift is worth this! I remember the Cabbage Patch moms who were fighting to get one of those ugly little dolls a few years back. Now it’s a pair of shoes that are not – REPEST – NOT worth all that money and you all make fools of yourselves. Shame on you on our Lord’s birthday.

  41. Death of America says:

    Black people are uncivilized savages. They are the only race that needs to be coddled and treated like little babies. It’s not a “white vs. black” thing – NO other race likes blacks. Disgusting beasts who belong in the freaking jungle, period. Thank you LBJ and all you other POS democrats.

  42. Grape Ape says:

    Rev Al Sharpton’s take on this news: “Da reason fo all deez people running amuck and fightin’ and actin’ unruly is because da white man and society, namely Republicans in da Congress, are gettin’ in the way of President Obama’s plan to hand out more free monies into the minority community. It’s also the blame of rich White communities across America who aren’t willing to spread more of their wealth and make sure it goes into da hands of inner cities and African-American communities. Think about it…if these fine, upstanding customers had more monies at their disposal, they could have paid some illegal aliens to stand in line for them to buy these items which they desperately need and wouldn’t have to get into fights in da first place.”

    Rev. Jesse Jackson’s take on this news: “The EVIL corporations run by WHITE men are to blame for this terrible atrocity!! Therefore, with all my graciousness and good-will, I am planning to sue Nike shoes (for not supplying enough sneakers), Michael Jordan’s white lawyer (because I can’t sue a good brother like MJ!), the WHITE mall security who employed brutal tactics against these innocent customers, and last but not least… my Rainbow Coalition will make sure these businesses are not only selling enough items to African-American shoppers but will also ensure that they are hiring enough minorities in their stories. And I will say this, if our investigation turns up that they aren’t, we will take them over and my son Jesse Jr and I will make sure that they are run fairly. Plain and simple. It’s time to put an end to this WHITE tyranny in America once and for all!!!”

  43. feduptoo says:

    I’m ashamed of these people! Several traits we used to have are now gone: morals, common sense, self-respect and shame, to name a few!

    All shoes are now made in China, why would these cost so much more, than the ones I purchase at $30 or $40? People, they are all made in China!

    We need to start shaming these people every chance we get, and don’t get on your high horse, this includes all the self-absorbed mobs of ingrates…..maybe then we can change our society, if not….we are doomed.

    I just hope these people did not buy these expensive shoes with our money via government perks!

    Our jobs should be brought back here, in order to give people like this something to do with all their time!

    1. tada says:

      Just be thankful they aren’t made elsewhere.

  44. Lou says:

    They were getting them to put under “the GIFT TREE”..REALLY?….Another Obama journalist trying to take Christmas out of the season..IT`S A CHRISTMAS TREE you boob !!!!!!!!!

  45. Sidney says:

    Another example of the economy cranking up and running in 5th gear now. This shows that people have money to burn and they are doing it in droves.

    Full steam ahead on the economy, things look awesome.

  46. Webhad1 says:

    I would like to know what a gift tree is. I feel that my rights have been violated because CBS DETROIT did not use the term Chrismas tree.

  47. YepYep says:

    On this episode of Apes Gone Wild….

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