See what I was saying in the previous post below.  Riot Police broke up a melee at a Orlando Mall which broke out due to the release of a new Nike shoe.

The launch of an expensive new basketball shoe — timed to Orlando’s hosting of the NBA All-Star Game— triggered a melee Thursday night at Florida Mall that was quelled by deputies in riot gear.

The wild scene erupted about 9:45 p.m. as hundreds of people packed the mall’s parking lot, hoping to buy the new shoe at midnight. As the crowd grew, a large contingent of Orange County deputy sheriffs arrived, braced for problems.

Similar shoe releases have caused violence at shoe stores across the country, but no one was hurt or arrested at Florida Mall, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Witnesses told the Orlando Sentinel that the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed at 9 p.m., but one person made a mad dash toward the Foot Locker where the shoes were to go on sale, and hundreds followed. Source

What shoe is worth this type of hassle?

Photo: Dave Filus via Orlando Sentinel
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