Police Pepper Spray Crowd at Franklin Park Mall

Anastasia Ellis, ABC 13 Toledo, December 17, 2014

Pre-sale fervor over coveted athletic shoes has some crying “foul,” after a scuffle with police outside of the Franklin Park Mall.

Dozens lined up at the JCPenney entrance for a chance to get a ticket to buy $200 “Jordan 11” sneakers.

Those tickets would allow shoppers to return to Finish Line this Saturday so they could buy the limited-edition shoes.

Those in the crowd tell 13abc: 300-400 people lined up overnight, but the store had 100-150 tickets.

Around 6 a.m., according to shoppers, those with Finish Line announced a delay in the opening of the store, prompting outcries from the crowd.

Some in the group then allegedly became belligerent, prompting officers to fire pepper spray.



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  • dd121

    Guess the cops thought they were there to loot them.

    • A Freespeechzone

      A group of negroes and new Air Jordans almost guarantees trouble—and, if they can get away with it, looting.

      • DD-762

        Can you imagine fried chicken in the equation?

      • Erin (causation female)

        Fabulous! So on the money. They want to be separate from the rest of society. .. Go for it bc I’m not claiming them part of the USA. No one likes this out of control culture. Horrible on the little ones produced by them for money to buy Jordans, rims, & weed. Fo-sur


    Only Blacks can turn a shopping trip into an all out riot.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      This incident happened at Franklin Park Mall in Toledo, Ohio. No surprise. 100-150 tickets, with 300 Negroes lined up for them?? This is just inviting trouble. We all know that Negroes place no value on fair play. Waiting one’s turn, and not expecting a ticket when the odds are less than 50% unless you are one of the first 150 people in line?? Dat be actin’ White Yo!!! Ahze gots to get me summa dem shoes. Who cares if some muh fuh gets shot?? The owner of the store knows that this is the mentality they have. Such sales should not even occur.

      • bilderbuster

        If stores are going to have sales that intentionally draw large gatherings of Blacks then they should have to pay for the coppers.
        If not, then the store owners should be charged with staging a riot without a permit.

        • JP Rushton

          Privatize profits, socialize cost.

  • In passing, and related, I read a story last week about a black truck driver in Memphis who diverted a shipment of another about to be released basketball idiot shoe, in order to hawk them on the streets. The article said in passing that the shoe sells for $200 at MSRP and actually at retail (as does this shoe, also from Nike), and the wholesale is $83.10. Typically, Nike’s unit cost including cheap Chinese labor and trans-Pacific shipping is $16 or so, and I bet that the factory wholesale is only a few bucks.

    A whole lot of people are laughing all the way to a whole lot of banks, on the backs of the propensity that Africanus Bellcurvius has to pay big money for tawdy tacky cheap bling and outward consumption.

    Meanwhile, if I was on the business end of a given product, I would be on my knees every night praying that my product does not become especially popular among blacks.

    • Reynardine

      I met a black who claimed he was starving, but expressed great pride in his $127 shoes. I… just… can’t… anymore…

      • IstvanIN

        My mother had to put cardboard in the soles of her shoes when they wore down.

        • Bill Moore

          Hello IstvanIN,

          We did that when we were young. Every morning we would put a new piece of cardboard in each shoe because there were holes in the bottom of our shoes.

          It wasn’t a bad memory. The older kids helped the younger ones. It was family.

          That was in the 1940s.

          Bill Moore

          • Sheik Yerbouti

            Then came duct tape, which endures to this day.

          • IstvanIN

            My parents were born in 38 so you may be around their age.

      • Convert killer

        A black??? I once met a WHITE. Guess what i did to him? I punched him and all he said was” why did you do that”?? I said ” because your weak”. He started crying and then 3 of us beat him senseless. Big hospital bill for him. But we let him live because he wanted to be black. So my point is……fuck shoes, we are beating ass now!!

    • Luca

      And ‘Africanus Bellcurvius’ is laughing all the way to the mailbox as he picks up his welfare check, compliments of the American working class.

      • Sheik Yerbouti

        It’s the 21st century, they no longer get checks by mail. Look up “It’s free, swipe your EBT” for a crash course in the new system. Food Stamps (formerly called brown dollars) are also gone. The totally electronic system is the only way so many people could have been added so quickly after Obama’s election.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Typical Negro behavior. Thanks to Sharpton being enabled by the media, a lot more of this awaits us.

  • james AZ

    Dept of welfare should to cut off $$$$$ on most of black people…….

  • connorhus

    Over shoes? They riot and make threats over shoes?

    And we allow em to vote….

    Not sure which shows the most stupidity.

  • Fed Up

    $150 sneakers? The receipts from robberies, burglaries, etc. must be pretty good for those Blacks. Most White people would have a tough time justifying the expenditure of $150 for a pair of sneakers.

    • Sick of it

      They actually do much better from drug sales.

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        That is true. Drug sales give them far more spending cash than most of us earn doing real work.

  • AmericanCitizen

    Another great example of the wonders that Diversity brings us.

  • Fair Dinkum

    How many of those people waiting to buy $200 sneakers were on public assistance?

    • RacialRay

      It might be easier to count how many weren’t.

    • Barry Hussein 0bola

      How many think ‘work boots’ are nothing more than a ‘fashion statement’? :

    • Barry Hussein 0bola

      When a Caucasian or Asian person wears new shoes, I figure they earned them. When a Negroid wears new shoes, I figure they stole them. Statics don’t prove me wrong.

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        Let us take that a step further. Drug sales usually bought them. White communities with no drug addicts have few Blacks, and very little crime for this reason.

      • Sick of it

        It’s actually amusing that we tend to wear things until they wear out, but blacks on public assistance want new stuff all of the time. Talk about living beyond your means.

        • Barry Hussein 0bola

          OMG. I’m laughing so hard at your comment because I drive my husband crazy when I wear my old, worn out robe that was falling apart so bad I had to cut the sleeves short. I call it my ‘Gilligan’s’ stranded on a desert island collection of clothing. =))

          I also mend a lot of clothes and re-sew buttons or darn socks. Kind of a lost pastime for some folks I guess but I buy really good quality clothing and wear it until it eventually walks away from me on its own. ha-ha

    • Reynardine

      How do you think they managed to stay overnight waiting for them?

  • See The Future

    Missed a perfect opportunity to load them up and ship them to Africa. When there are large numbers congregating is the perfect time for another shipment.

    • Bill Moore

      Hello Biff_Maliboo,

      I love it!

      Hold the shoe sale on a ship, and after they’re lined up on the ship, slowly pull out of the port and head for Africa.

      I can’t stop laughing just thinking about the mental image.

      Bill Moore

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        I think that was one of the ways that they were loaded onto the slave ships that brought them here: enticed with beads and trinkets and other 18th century bling. Yours is a fitting way to ship them back.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Another case of ‘Prioritizing While Black.’

  • RacialRay

    If the most expensive item in your wardrobe is your ‘Jordans’, and you risked life and limb just to get them, you might want to reassess your priorities, homeboy. And when you have more pairs of sneakers in your crib than books, its safe to assume that the Life Accomplishment Train has left you back at the station.

  • kikz2

    why does tom jones’ song…………. ‘it’s not unusual’ ……………come to mind?

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      And what happened to that kind of music? Men who sang about women and life in a largely positive way. I dislike Country and Rap/Hip Hop these days for the same reasons, too much whining and griping. Bring back proud heterosexuality in music.

  • exlib93

    The black sports “heros” exploit their own people. I’ll bet the farm the Michael Jordan would want nothing to do with these ghetto youths that fight each other for a pair of his overpriced shoes. In fact, he probably laughs at them, as we do.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Yes. He probably laughs at them, like a typical Negro, while they kill each other. He laughs due to the money he is making, but also because he probably finds violence funny. Most Blacks do.

  • DD-762

    The shoppers were black??? Huh!

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      I know, what ARE the odds?

  • Alexandra1973

    Waiting in line…yeah right. Probably trying to push everyone else aside to get a ticket.

  • MBlanc46

    They never seem to get the connection between acting black and police involvement.

  • 4321realist

    $200 shoes?

    50 cents sweat shop labor and five dollars worth of material.

    Just a slight mark up and it gives the third worlders enough to buy a can of beans to keep from starving.

    • Bill Moore


      There was an article about those shoes several years ago.

      The shoes are made on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The cost of materials for a pair of those shoes is less than two dollars and the labor cost for each pair of those shoes is less than two dollars. And they were being sold for $175 at that time.

      It was liberal article that was pointing out how the natives were being taken advantage of and treated as slaves, but a close reading of the article showed that the natives loved working in the shoe factory. The few dollars that they earn each day allow them to buy things that they had never even seen before, such as toothbrushes, hand mirrors, and fishing gear.

      I got the impression that there was a “company store” where the natives could take their earnings and buy “stuff”. It seems to me that the natives have never had it so good.

      Just My Thoughts,
      Bill Moore

      • Sick of it

        We subsidize the lower price of their goods by paying much more than they do.

  • Simonetta

    I live near Beaverton, Oregon. It has very few black Americans living there. It is mostly white with a large sprinkling of 1% IQ third-world immigrants working in the electronics industry there (Tektronix, Intel, ‘the silicon forest’).

    People there love to see thousands of far-away blacks lining up to pay $200-$400 for a pair of sneakers that they have made for $18. As long as they stay far away, everybody’s happy. Beavertonites get rich, almost rich enough to have the cops give up speed traps as way of generating revenue (almost), blacks get $200 shoes to keep their bouncing feet warm.

    No body actually in Beaverton ever pays $200-$400 for a pair of sneakers. They get more or less the same shoes at Nordstrom’s Rack for $40. And they sure don’t wait in line for hours in the night for the opportunity to do so.

    But they live well off of the fools that do.

    • Definitely, Beaverton, Oregon being one of the profit centers of this hustle.

      • Sheik Yerbouti

        Not likely to be any busloads of protestors arriving for this. How’s the weather?

    • A Freespeechzone

      Be careful, the occupiers …. er, ‘protesters’ might move their protesting to the Nike Campus…..

      Actually, Beaverton might not be as accepting as downtown Portland…..

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      Beaver is really good on the grill. The whole critter tastes like filet mignon and will feed 8-10 people if you get a fat one.

  • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

    A bunch of Negroes beating each other up or shooting each other over a pair of shoes. This is just Negroes acting like Negroes. Nothing to see here. My question is this: how is that investigation of Zemir Begic’s murder going, St. Louis police?? Are we admitting that this was a hate crime? This is what I care about these days. Blacks are always having chimp out melt downs when they cannot have their way. I could care less what they do to each other. When they attack Whites is my primary concern.

  • Tim

    Reminds me of the old maxim. “A man should always have comfortable shoes and a comfortable bed. Because if he`s not in one , he`s in the other…”

    • Sloppo

      A man who lives among blacks and has comfortable shoes should also have a comfortable casket just in case he gets murdered for the shoes.

  • Xerxes22

    I’m surprised that some enterprising Asian guy isn’t making copies of these shoes and selling them online at a big discount. He could advertise on the BET network and make a fortune.

    • Bartek

      Heaven knows a White guy couldn’t do it.
      It would require knowledge of industrial processes and a country with an industrial base to pull it off.

      • Xerxes22

        A White guy wouldn’t do it because he would probably be afraid of being called racist. Asians don’t care.

  • gah

    Here’s an idea, make millions of pairs of these shoes, then dump them in the oceans, lakes, rivers, and the negro problem would just be a matter disposing of the bodies.

  • shmo123

    I don’t think anyone could ever explain to me, in a way that makes any sense at all, just what it is that would make people stand in line for a chance to buy “tennis” shoes. What’s the big deal?? You couldn’t pay me enough to even consider the idea–especially in the winter surrounded by a bunch of feral blacks. Maybe, just maybe, if say, Berluti or John Lobb were giving 90% discounts on their hand made shoes I could be persuaded to wait. But tennis shoes? I’m still shaking my head.

    • Alexandra1973

      I heard that during the 1967 Detroit riots they were swiping shoes.

      I don’t know what it is with blacks and shoes…maybe help them run from the cops?

      (Not that it does any good with their pants halfway down their behinds.)

  • Paleoconn

    The should hav pumped Brahms from a loudspeaker. That is as good a nlack crowd dispersal tool as there is. Minus the lawsuits against cops for using pepper spray and other weapons.