29 Feb '16, 7pm
The Sad Truth About Violence at Sneaker Stores
I had heard countless stories from managers I worked with at Foot Locker: An angry mob had smashed the windows of a Brockton, Mass., location when the “Concord” Air Jordan XIs were re-released in 2001. Someone had even stolen a pair of the “Basketball” Air Jordan XXIIs, a pricey pair of shoes, and the assistant manager at the time had chased down the thief into the mall’s parking lot. I had also been told about clerks getting decked after confronting customers or refusing to take back returns—I had even heard of an all-out melee breaking out over an employee buying a pair of Dunks that a customer wanted to purchase—but I had never experienced anything serious myself. That’s until I was working one night at a mall in Saugus, MA, a stone’s throw from Boston and next door to one of the state’s roughest towns, Lynn.