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Published on Dec 23, 2011
The release of the Nike Air Jordan 11 Concords Thursday (Dec. 22) night proved that people don't have their priorities in order, as violence erupts in stores all over the country. Police and Medics were called to three Charlotte-area malls before daybreak Friday, after shoppers seeking Air Jordan shoes became unruly. No injuries were reported, but at least one fight broke out, and a door was damaged at a mall. Similar problems were reported this morning at a number of malls across the country, and there were reports late Friday morning of long lines at other shoe stores across the Charlotte region. The subject of the trouble: a re-release of the Air Jordan XI Concord shoes, made by Nike and selling at a suggested price of $180. The shoes were released initially in 1996, and their return had people standing in lines for up to 24 hours at some malls and sporting good stores around the country. According to a news release, the shoes were scheduled to go on sale at 5 a.m. today. And that's when trouble started at Carolina Place, SouthPark and Northlake malls in the Charlotte area. Within two hours, police and mall management had closed all three malls. Several shoppers at Carolina Place Mall in Pineville reported they were bumped and jostled by fellow shoppers when the doors opened at 5 a.m. One young woman said the crowd quickly became unruly, with shoppers headed to three stores that were selling the shoes. "People were crazy," she said. One girl said she lost her shoes in the midst of all the pushing and shoving. Several shoppers told the Observer there were between 150 and 200 people, some with children, standing in line when the doors opened. WBTV coverage showed two women pushing one another before being separated by police.