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More Fun With Mall Flash Mobs

Who could have foreseen that a hip-hop boy band’s appearance at a Chicago mall would occasion rioting and looting? More [1]:

The band’s autograph signing drew approximately 1,000 parents and children, primarily mothers and girls between the ages of 6 and 13, Sarama said.

About 45 minutes after the band left, the chaos began, Sarama said.

“A group of older youths came into the mall with the intent of causing havoc and chaos and were running through the mall, screaming, yelling and so forth,” he said.

Security staff contacted the police department, and mall officials closed the mall about 5 p.m., Sarama said.

The mall did not sustain any property damage apart from a single broken planter, and it will reopen at 11 a.m. Sunday as usual, Sarama said.

In the meantime, mall officials are at a loss as they try to understand what happened.

“Ford City is a family-oriented mall,” he said. “We have not had an incident like this [in the past], and I’m still in a little bit of a state of shock actually.

“What would make these youths come here to try and cause this kind of commotion and trouble?” he continued. “I don’t know. But they did have a plan in mind.”

And [2]:

“More than 100 people, mostly teenagers, started rioting and looting. They were throwing food, breaking things… more than 50 squad cars responded. They had the mall on lock down and then they gradually evacuated the mall with help of mall security,” WGN 9 reported.

Even after the mall was evacuated, rioting continued, with some teens jumping on cars and smashing a windshield on one woman’s car.

Fun with shopping! Memba the time… [3]?

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11 Comments To "More Fun With Mall Flash Mobs"

#1 Comment By Tyro On February 25, 2013 @ 6:50 am

I’m finding it difficult to reconcile the claims of “rioting and looting” with “The mall did not sustain any property damage apart from a single broken planter.” The broken windshield occurred after the mall was evacuated.

#2 Comment By Dogdays On February 25, 2013 @ 8:07 am

Maybe they coordinated with their Obama phones

#3 Comment By Don Quijote On February 25, 2013 @ 8:12 am

Very annoying to have the video launch every time you refresh the page…

#4 Comment By MEH 0910 On February 25, 2013 @ 10:00 am

Videos of high spirited youths, guys and girls, outside of the mall [4] and [5].

#5 Comment By M_Young On February 25, 2013 @ 11:25 am

Why there was segregation, example no. 2017.

BTW on the second above linked video, at 1:48, one of the charming “teens”screems ‘get his white ass’ twice.

#6 Comment By M_Young On February 25, 2013 @ 11:43 am

Not being familiar with ‘Mindless Behavior’ I did a little research. They are young teens. They are sponsored by in some way by K-Mart. Their fans seem to be mostly pre-pubescent girls. Here’s some snippets of the [6] to what seems to be their major hit “Keep Her on the Low”

Let me define what I call a girlfriend!
She will be mine about two weekends
I’m only 16, that means it’s show time
When I ain’t with her, that means I’m on mine!

We go breaking hearts and getting to the money on tour.
If you my honey, it’s only for the moment,
‘Cause another honey want it,
We keep it young, popping off


Let me reiterate, their fans are overwhelmingly pre-pubescent black girls.

#7 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On February 25, 2013 @ 11:48 am

The video and the news stories ignore the fact that the perps were “African-American.” This kind of mob behavior is going on all around the country. The participants are from one race.

Facts are stubborn things. Face them.

#8 Comment By JJM On February 25, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

I’m finding it difficult to reconcile the claims of “rioting and looting” with “The mall did not sustain any property damage apart from a single broken planter.”

The mall and the individual stores in the mall are separate entities. Neither is on the hook, legally or financially for damages to the other, except in very clearly-defined cases. It’s entirely possible for the stores to have had loads of shrinkage because of this, but for the mall to have had almost none.

I’d also like a more detailed accounting of damages, but for some reason I doubt that we’ll get one from the ChiTrib.

Also, [email protected]_Young

#9 Comment By M.B. On February 25, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

Uhhh…racist bait?

#10 Comment By Avi Marranazo On February 25, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

I find it nearly impossible to ignore the fact that the teens and youths in these stories are almost always “teens” and “youths”. Is it “racist” to notice, much less comment on this?

#11 Comment By JonF On February 26, 2013 @ 5:00 am

Re: Why there was segregation, example no. 2017.

Segregation did not prevent black people from going to shopping malls. They did have to ride in the back of the bus on the way there and eat at tables in the back of restaurants and use their own restrooms, but they were welcome to shop just about anywhere.