Pandemonium took over at malls in Palm Beach County Friday, and why? Footwear is why.
Police were called to several malls in PBC to stop fights, both big and small, and even riots from breaking out – all over the Nike Air Jordan Retro XI sneaker, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Injuries over purchasing these shoes ensued when the police had to use pepper spray at the Finish Line store at the Boynton Beach Mall. It began when between 400 to 500 inpatient shoppers began to push their way into the store to buy the 130 pairs of Nike sneakers that the store had in stock. It all ended when two people were arrested and a police sergeant was taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital after suffering injuries to his head and elbows, reported the Sun Sentinel.
The Mall at Wellington Green had its share of problem over the Nike Air Jordan Retro XI sneaker as well. Palm Beach County deputies were called to the mall when about 200 to 300 shoppers pushed into the Foot Locker store when it opened, causing scuffles and near riots.
Police reported that 2 people were arrested on charges of inciting a riot and resisting arrest. The problems persisted from about 7:00 am until 9:15 am, when the Finish Line store sold out the popular Michael Jordan shoes.