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Posted: December 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

I wonder what will happen when the same people are lining up for govt rationed food.

Towne East Mall Shoppers Maced at Chaotic Air Jordan Sneaker Sale

Updated: Thursday, 23 Dec 2010, 12:08 PM CST
Published : Thursday, 23 Dec 2010, 11:58 AM CST

By Kevin Boie | MYFOXDFW.COM

MESQUITE, Texas – Mesquite police early Thursday used pepper spray to control an unruly crowd of sneaker shoppers.

The incident happened at Towne East Mall, where dozens of people had lined up top buy Nike’s new Air Jordan 11 Retro, which went on sale at 6 a.m.

Sisters Laurie and Lorraine Martinez, who said they had been in line since 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, described the scene as frightening and chaotic.

“Nothing like I’ve ever experienced before,” Lorraine Martinez said. “I got pushed in a corner and we all got maced. And if it wasn’t for my sister covering my face, I think my face would have ended up worse … our noses are burning.”

The women said the trouble began when people in line began pushing forward.

“At 4:30 the people at the back of line decided to bum rush and run to the doors … As much as we tried to tell people to move, they wouldn’t. So [police] started macing,” Laurie Martinez said.

She also said some people in the crowd were able to force open a door to the shoe store and get inside, although the sisters were not able to enter.

“I still haven’t gotten my Jordans,” Laurie Martinez said. “I’ll never do this again. It was my first time. I’ve never done it before but I’ll never do it again.”

The sisters blame the mall and the store for the melee, calling the event disorganized. They said customers should have received numbers securing their places in line.

“So that this doesn’t happen. And this store, they just let everyone bum rush and act like crazy animals. And then everybody has to pay,” Lauire Martinez said.

The women said despite the trouble, the sneakers sold out in a half-hour.

A pair of Air Jordan 11 Retro sneakers retails for $175.

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