Sign of the times, via The Charlotte Observer:
Police and SouthPark Mall officials weren’t taking any chances this time.
They sent a crowd of would-be shoe shoppers home twice since midnight, eliminating any chance of a repeat of fighting and other problems that broke out two months ago with the release of a new Nike shoe.
This time, the in-demand product is the Nike Foamposite Galaxy, a glow-in-the-dark shoe that will sell for $229. Foot Locker says its House of Hoops stores are selling limited quantities of the shoes today.
A crowd of about 100 people gathered near the rear entrance of the mall about 9 a.m. Friday, but they were dispersed by a mall spokesman who came out and announced that the shoes would not be sold today.
Overnight, police dispersed a crowd that had gathered outside the mall, telling them to return during normal mall hours.
The last high-demand release of a Nike shoe was on Dec. 23, and fighting broke out at three Charlotte malls among shoppers trying to buy pairs of the re-released Air Jordans.
Trouble was reported again this time, although not in Charlotte. Police reported fights broke out at the Foot Locker House of Hoops store in Orlando, and authorities canceled a sale of the shoes early Friday morning at a mall near Indianapolis.
An Orlando TV station reported someone had made an offer on Craigslist, willing to trade a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier for a pair of the shoes.
And, of course, we also see this nonsense play out every year the day after Thanksgiving.
Now, unlike the left, I won’t go off on long-winded rants against “commercialism” and the like because I happen to a) like to shop and have choices, and b) am a strong believer in capitalism, but what is it about *THINGS* that make people want to bust out in a fight over them? I can understand the use of violence in a situation where self defense (or the protection of another) was necessary, but over shoes? A $200 42″ TV?
What irritates me even more is that there is SO MUCH in this country deserving of more attention and devotion than the latest and greatest “thing.” I weep when I think about how much more some people care about shoes and TVs than paying attention to what’s going on in our country.