The Christmas spirit was alive and well across the U.S. over the holidays–unless of course you were unfortunate enough to have been at one of several shopping malls that were transformed into boxing and MMA arenas, thanks to hooligans and thugs who tried their best to ruin the season.
As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, there was chaos in the form of fighting and gunfire at several malls around the country, trapping families in the melee as police made scores of arrests and were forced, in some cases, to activate SWAT teams.
The news site noted:
Malls across America descended into chaos and violence on Monday as bargain-hungry shoppers engaged in mass brawls, fought in food courts and – in one instance – led to a SWAT team being deployed.
Fights were reported across the country, with instances at malls in Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Connecticut and New York. Many saw fights taking place in food courts, and incorrect reports of gunfire. Many involved teens or juveniles.
One incident, at The Mills in Jersey Gardens, New Jersey, saw 48,000 people fleeing after a fight culminated in a loud bang and a person shouting ‘shots fired’ at around 5pm.
Video shows corridors packed with panicking customers trying to escape the mall as heavily armed police in body armor arrive at the scene to sweep the area for suspects…
And you thought terrorists were more of a threat this holiday season. Obviously not.
The fighting and chaos not only upset mall goers, but also employees who are not accustomed to having to deal with that kind of mass violence.
“I’m still a little shaken up. I’ve never seen that many people inside brawling like that,’ mall worker Alexis Malone, who was working inside the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, Ill., told ABC 7 Chicago.
To add insult to injury, some youths were complaining about police responses, accusing officers of using too much force. Then again, in nearly every case, a few dozen cops were tasked with restoring order while several hundred hooligans were brawling. We’d say given those odds and circumstances, cops were a lot more restrained than they probably should have been.
This kind of behavior is going to be a problem for retailers and mall owners for the foreseeable future if it isn’t curbed–with the imposition of long jail sentences, heavy fines or both, for what is nothing short of domestic terrorism. Malls are already competing with huge online retailers like Amazon, Walmart and others, and this kind of chaos will only drive more shoppers to the Internet.
In the meantime, it’s probably best to shop somewhere you’re ‘allowed’ to use your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.