Saturday, December 24, 2011

Puting the Shoe in Shoe-ting


More people who should NEVER have been allowed near a gun!

This was NOT an appropriate situation for either open or concealed carry.  The one shopper who compared this to a firecracker is an idiot.

Emphasis is my addition, in bold, italic, or larger type - DG.

Beyond that - have we become so damned materialistic that we put a pair of stupid shoes ahead of our own safety and the safety of others? This is insanity.

From ABC news in San Francisco:

Air Jordan shoe frenzy sweeps Bay Area malls

Michael Jordan hasn't played in the NBA since 2003, but the frenzy over his shoes is as intense as ever. There was commotion, fights, even gunfire as shoppers waited all night and even broke down doors at shopping malls to buy the newest pair of Air Jordans.
Clearly the supply was way out of whack with the demand for the shoes. In some places, the crowds got so out of hand the shoe sales had to be shut down.
The frenzied scene was common all over the country. At one mall in Stockton, shoppers pushed and shoved to get their hands on a pair of $180 Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords.

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At Hilltop Mall in Richmond, gunfire rang out just before 7 a.m. when a 24-year-old man in line for Jordans mistakenly fired his weapon. The man was arrested and no one was hurt. "Right now, it's in the infancy stages of the investigation, but it appears it may have been a negligent discharge or an accidental discharge," Richmond Police Lt. Lori Curran said.
"The shooting, it was really nothing, it was just a little firecracker and the police, they just decided to shut it down because they didn't have the situation controlled," shopper Jonathan Del Valle said.
The mall shut down sales for a time, but later resumed.
At least some of those who bought the pricey shoes walked out and immediately resold them for a profit.
At the Westfield Solano Mall in Fairfield, dozens of police officers from four agencies responded when more than 1,000 shoppers showed up early and pushed a mall door off its hinges.
"The crowd was pushing up against the door on the upper level on the south side and pushed it off its tracks," Fairfield Police Lt. Joe Allio said.
Despite all the commotion, one young man managed to buy one of just 180 pairs before they sold out.
"I barely got in, but I was able to squeeze in and get my pair; it was lucky for me, I was very fortunate," Stephen Panis said.
Besides the one arrest in Richmond, two people in Fairfield were arrested, one for assaulting a police officer.
In contrast to what happened in Richmond and at some other malls, Serramonte Center in Daly City reported no problems. They handed out numbered wrist bands a day ahead of time so that only those who knew they'd get in showed up.
At Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, it went from mob-scene to ghost town when the two shoe stores there sold-out of the new Jordans by early morning.


  1. Once again, this is California, land of the legally disarmed. However the shooter got his gun, he was carrying it. Given how few licenses are issued in that state, it's likely that he didn't have one. So how's that gun control working out for you?

    With regard to the shopping experience, though, that's a good example of why I avoid places like that. Too many people massing to buy just plain crap.

  2. Bizarre and weird all rolled into one.

  3. "Once again, this is California, land of the legally disarmed."

    Another FUCKING LIE. I think I'll just start calling these GSW*

    "However the shooter got his gun, he was carrying it."

    Well considering California's long, mostly undefended border with OR,AZ and NV (all of which are a bit less "draconian", in terms of gunzlawz, than CA) the gunz mighta come from oneathem.

    * Greg's Stupid Whoppers.