Air Jordan Shoes: Worth Fighting Over?

OK. I guess this is a sign that I really am getting older. Admittedly, the only sport I dislike more than pro football these days is pro basketball. And the chances of me going mano-a-mano on the floor at a shopping mall  to grab a pair of basketball sneakers are, well, zero.

Again, as with most matters, I must be missing the big picture. Nike unveils the new version of the shoe the end of last week and in many USA cities it’s more dangerous being a clerk in a shoe department than being a valet parking attendant in Baghdad.

Here’s the action in Seattle, as reported by Business Week, “Police pepper spray rowdy shoe shoppers in Seattle“:

Police used pepper spray to break up fights among pushing and shoving customers waiting outside a Seattle area mall to buy the first Nike retro Air Jordan basketball shoes that went on sale early Friday.

Tukwila (tuhk-WIL’-uh) Officer Mike Murphy says about 20 people were sprayed in a group. One man was arrested for assault after police say he pushed an officer. No one was injured.

Murphy says more than 1,000 people lined up to buy shoes at 4 a.m. at four stores in the Westfield Southcenter mall. He says the stores sold out and all but about 50 people got their Air Jordans.

Hundreds of customers also lined up outside shoe stores in downtown Seattle and at a mall in Federal Way.

Across the country, at least four people were arrested at a suburban Atlanta mall after a crowd of customers broke down a door before a store selling the Air Jordans opened.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Police reportedly used pepper spray to break up fights among shoe buyers who pushed and shoved outside a Seattle area mall to pick up some of the first Nike retro Air Jordans that went on sale early Friday.

Seattle TV stations report hundreds of customers had been waiting for hours outside the Westfield Southcenter mall and police were on hand to control disputes that broke out over line-cutting or pushing.

Hundreds of customers also lined up for hours outside stores in downtown Seattle and a mall in Federal Way.

One buyer walking away with the shoes told KING-TV it’s a classic style and the shoes that retail for $180 are selling for $400 on the Internet.

Gee. Kind of like the good old days when I had to get into a scrum on Christmas Eve and hope to grab a Honey Baked Ham. I digress.

And if you are venturing out shopping on this Monday after Christmas, heed the advice of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus of Hill Street Blues fame: “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”

And by the way, who is Air Jordan?

 

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