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Air Jordan release calm in MJ's hometown, not in other places

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- As you surely know, shopping around the holidays can be somewhat chaotic. But this year there was a big rush for one special item across the country inspired by a hometown hero. As the old commercials would say, "It's gotta be the shoes."

Every year around Christmastime there seems to be that one present that shoppers go crazy for. This year, for many sports fans, it was the newest Air Jordan shoe. The shoe caused madness across the country and even right here in Wilmington.

"Last night when we closed the store, there was already people starting to gather, and they knew they weren't coming out until 9 o'clock in the morning when we open," said Kate Lapp, who works at Boseman's Sporting Goods in Wilmington.

Holiday shoppers camped out last night at Boseman's for the release of the Retro Air Jordan 11 Concords. Many of those shoppers made the best of the situation.

"People ordered pizza, had gallons of sweet tea, McAllister's deli trays, everything," Lapp said. "They were all out there, I guess having fun."

Boseman's received 24 pairs in men's sizes and 24 pairs in kid's sizes. Employees say the store opened early for the occasion, and they were sold out of the shoes within 30 minutes.

But while there may have been excitement here in Michael Jordan's hometown, it was nothing like the chaos in other places.

In California there were reports of shots fired over the shoes.

Last night in Charlotte police were called to at least three malls because of the crowds. At one mall glass door was even smashed.

"People started getting restless, so they cracked open the doors, and the next thing you know people started getting trampled and bum rushed. The doors fell on some girls heads, and it was horrible. It was real bad," one shopper said.

Although many people across the country missed out on the hot item, they are already being resold online. The only problem is, in many cases, the asking price is at least double the original price of about $175.

It all proving that more than 30 years after Jordan left Wilmington and nearly a decade since he retired from the NBA, his Jumpman brand is still as popular as ever.

This is not the first time there's been such a frenzy for Air Jordans since they debuted in 1985. They've been so popular at points that some people have been mugged or even killed for theirs.

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that's funny there, BUT SO

that's funny there, BUT SO TRUE!!!

You may be closer

to the truth than you realize.

My question -- does Foot Locker accept EBT cards?

Closer to you

Why? Do you need something?


Why don't you ask Guesty? He probably knows.

I don't use EBT cards

Sorry, I've never received any government welfare, medical, housing, phone or any other program of that type. I prefer to pay my own bills with the money I earn and not rely on tax money to live.

do you think these people

do you think these people are as passionate about getting a great education and helping others? probably not. their whole universe revolves around satisfying their wants for the moment. things and or people who get in their way are but obstacles. no regard for cilvility... just a selfish attitude of entitlement.

You took the words....

Right out of my mouth Alex. As a teacher,I see many of my students show up day after day without the necessary school supplies or even lunch money. Some of them wear the same dirty jackets and sweaters every day. But, they have the very latest Smartphones and Ipods on them. They are the same ones whose parents couldn't show up for a conference or return phone calls to the school to save their life.

Who said it?

"Stupid is as stupid does" - that about sums it up.

well, just look at what you

well, just look at what you see on the video. typical. looks like left over occupy wall street protesters. would you expect anything different? trash, fighting , punching, looks like a bunch of thugs over a pair of shoes! looks like a cheese line back in the 70's!!!

That is absolutely idiotic.

That is absolutely idiotic. What the HELL would a person who would fight to spend $180 on Michael Jordan brand shoes have in common with someone who would protest against the wealthiest 1%, Michael Jordan being included in that 1%. I would bet that the majority of the Jordan buyers had never even heard of the occupy wall street movement.

Do you even think before you blurt out idiotic, Obama hating, disgused racist rantings? If you're going to have an opinion of any kind, left right or radical, that's perfectly fine but for Christ sake MAKE SENSE! you just end up proving you're an idiot.

Must you.....

Must you use the name of Christ to make a point? You are just as hypocritical and idiotic as those you accuse.


Shoes, dolls, big screen tv, IPOD... MORONS!


Uncivilized animals.

Get A Life!

Some of you posters really do need to get a life. Every time I visit this sight, the same perfect critics are posting identical sentiments over and over and over - yawn yawn yawn - so Pathetic!

She has a life,

She has a life, multi-yawns.... unfortunately her life's work is scorning and disparaging others.

You again?

Wow GuestUsed2Bx99, you really are like a puppy that can't help but to follow her master around. Good girl, don't pee in the house again.

Got a life, thanks for asking

I have a life and it doesn't involve committing crimes or rioting over shoes. Go back to sleep if we are so boring.