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
“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
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.
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
A pair of Air Jordan 11 Retro sneakers retails for $175.
MORE TROUBLE IN TEXAS
The craze over the Air Jordan 11 Retro sneaker also
caused problems at other Texas malls .
Throngs of people flooded Houston-area malls and shopping centers
on Thursday morning, prompting police action.
Humble police said a fight broke out as some people were pushing
and shoving each other to get to the front of the line at Deerbrook