You know something is seriously wrong with a sneaker line-up when sheriff’s deputies quipped themselves with shot guns and riot gears. When 3,000+ fans mobbed Orlando’s Florida Mall earlier yesterday afternoon over the release of Nike Air Foamposite One “Galaxy”, situation became dire very quickly. The ensuing chaos, aided by miscommunication and even misinformation of gun shots and bomb threats, forced the Orlando Sheriff Department to shuttered the mall by 10 pm, a decision which agitated the unruly crowd further. Subsequently, more law enforcement officers, including 100 or so in riot gears and horses, descended onto the scene to quell the violence. Facing with the possibility of more violent outbreaks elsewhere, Foot Locker and its subsidiary House of Hoops posted a notice at 1:30 am EST that iterated the canceling of Nike All-Star Pack releases at Florida Mall, Pembroke Mall, University Mall in Tampa, Southlake Mall, PG Plaza, South Park Mall and Crabtree Valley Mall.
Ironically, the camp-outs and line-ups in New York City, one metropolitan area with the most concentrated store locations, it was a scene of calm and self-discipline. When asked of the riotous event that took place in Orlando, majority of those in New York City weren’t quick with their blames or criticisms. Surprisingly, most accounted the chaos to simple miscommunication between all parties involved. After the Concord release in December and now incidents over the Foamposite, now is the time for a national conversation over release protocols and improvements before the next big launch. via: Orlando Sentinel // Fox News Orlando