Mall Of America Lockdown In Some Stores

December 27, 2011 by staff 

Mall Of America Lockdown In Some StoresMall Of America Lockdown In Some Stores, Minnesota’s giant shrine to the gods of mass retail, the Mall of America, erupted into a 200-person melee last night. Thirty police stormed the premises, putting the entire mall on a temporary lockdown. The mallrats are rebelling!

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the ungainly “young people” started the brawl at “about 4:20 PM.” What started as a single fight in the food court snowballed into an anarchic mob that ripped through the corridors of post-holiday sales:

Several witnesses said the melee had elements of a “smash and grab” flash mob, including heavy use of cellphones. They said those creating the disturbance numbered in the hundreds and some knocked down shoppers and grabbed items from kiosks and shoppers.

Hundreds were pulled into the mob. “Lots of punches were thrown.” After an hour of arrests and crowd control, the violence abated, but not before it scared shtless an entire generation of Midwesterner mall-goers:

“I was on the third-floor railing and saw a massive group of people [on the first floor],” said Makenzie Shofner, 15, of Maple Plain. “It looked like they were trying to pull people’s stuff out of their bags.”

Michelle Maher of Burnsville said she was in the Coldwater Creek store when staffers herded customers into a back room, saying security had declared a lockdown. … “We were held in the stock room for about 10 minutes.”

Jennifer Reiland of Burnsville said in an e-mail that she was in Chico’s about 5 p.m. when she heard an announcement that the mall was in “lockdown mode” and people rushed into the store. Chico’s and a nearby Apple store locked their doors with customers inside.

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