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    Air Jordan release sparks stampedes at stores across US

    BBC News - Air Jordan release sparks stampedes at stores across US

    23 December 2011 Last updated at 22:24 GMT

    Air Jordan release sparks stampedes at stores across US


    Police officers were called in to break up fights and restore order at the Carolina Place Mall in North Carolina


    Rowdy scenes have broken out at stores across the US as shoppers jostled to lay their hands on Nike's new shoe.

    There was disorder from California to Georgia as shoppers vied to buy a retro version of a classic Air Jordan model.

    A new pair costs about $180 (£115), but they are already being listed on eBay for as much as $605.

    The ugly scenes recalled the violence that broke out in the early 1990s on streets across America as the shoes became popular targets for thieves.

    In the early hours of Friday, police used pepper spray on about 20 customers who started fighting at a mall in suburban Seattle, Washington state, as they waited in line to buy the black-and-white Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords.

    Gunfire

    One man was arrested for allegedly punching a police officer.

    "He did not get his shoes. He went to jail," Officer Mike Murphy said.


    He added: "It was not a nice, orderly group of shoppers. There were a lot of hostile and disorderly people."

    In other disturbances:
    • At least four people were arrested after customers broke down a door at a store selling the shoes in Lithonia, Georgia
    • There was an attempted robbery on a victim who was mistakenly believed to have just bought the shoes in Stockton, California
    • About 100 shoppers forced their way into a shopping centre in Taylor, Michigan
    • A gunshot rang out as shoppers queued in Richmond, California, although no injures were reported
    • Disorder were also reported in Charlotte, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Omaha, Nebraska
    A spokesperson for Nike was not immediately available to comment.

    The original Air Jordan created a subculture of collectors who rarely wore the sneaker but were willing to wait hours to buy the latest pair.
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    American society is totally fuked...

    (It's not alone in that, but it is distinct and highly visible.)

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    I was expecting something about an airline.

    Crazy brainwashed fookers.

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    no different from the fools that must have iphones and ipads before anyone else

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    no different from the fools that must have iphones and ipads before anyone else
    They have them before I.

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    Don't think I'd wear them if given them for free.

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    In Indianapolis, police had to smash the windows of a car to get two toddlers out after a woman had left them there to go buy Nike’s new Air Jordan 11 Retro shoes. She was taken into custody when she returned, according to the AP.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    police had to smash the windows of a car to get two toddlers out after a woman had left them there to go buy Nike’s new Air Jordan 11 Retro shoes. She was taken into custody when she returned, according to the AP.
    Taken into custody for buying the shoes, not for leaving her kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao View Post
    In Indianapolis, police had to smash the windows of a car to get two toddlers out after a woman had left them there to go buy Nike’s new Air Jordan 11 Retro shoes. She was taken into custody when she returned, according to the AP.

    They probably had enough KFC to last them for a couple of hours.

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    All for a pair of butt ugly ghetto shoes. Yes my countrymen are fucked.

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    Some REALLY fucked up values here.

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    Capitalist slave dogs brainwashed by logos and brands.

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    I got an email from an elderly distant aunt who lives in holland country and whos Daughters husband has gone to work in the U.S. for 4 years taking his family with them.
    She visited them recently, this is an excerpt from her email.
    There is not much to do except sports, like golf, tennis and swimming, what we all did. The region is very flat and the main business is farming and oil.. Shopping is also part of live, but not my favorite thing. I do not like to look at the big amounts of food and agley close or things for the house. No taste at all.
    (English is not her first language)

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    I'd rather wear a pair of 7/11 flip-flops.

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    ^ and no doubt you are true to your word!


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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    no different from the fools that must have iphones and ipads before anyone else
    I got both.

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    Not too many honkies in the news clips on Youtube. Must be a ' brothers ' thing, bless their little cotton socks.

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    ^ You'd be paying a oner at least for those badboys...7/11..the princely sum of 29 baht. BARGAIN!

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    A far superior brand of Nike Air 'sneakers'..


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    They look like something you would buy a 5 year old,
    like those that have flashing lights in them .

    and whats that silly pantomime with the laces these days ?,
    hiding the bow behind the tongue
    and then for ever fuking about adjusting them

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    Ah, poor and oppressed blacks going crazy over $180 sneakers, that what we call a chimpout on my street. I remember when I was walking home with a freind who had just bought some air Jordans that was robbed of them by gun point by some poor and oppressed young black male when I was 11 or 12.

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    I prefer mine.


    The key with the laces is to tie them loose enough so they become slipons and you don't have to keep tying and untying them. (which I haven't done yet in this photo with this pair.

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    People who wear flip flops for other than going the the beach are fuked in the head. They are so nasty and unsanitary, bare sweaty feet rubbing against rubber all fucking day making that constant irritating noise.

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    ^^ white trousers and trainers with black socks, oh dear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    ^^ white trousers and trainers with black socks, oh dear...
    Must be a lighting problem. neither Trousers nor shoes are white, both are a light tan, or sandy colour, socks are not jet black.

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