The dancing and/or entertaining flash mobs are getting a bad name with the rash of robberies that have occurred in the so-called flash mob name throughout the U.S. The latest caper took place in a clothing store and once again was caught completely on videotape.
Saturday, Chicago teens targeted and invaded Mildblend Supply Co. in the well known upscale area of Wicker Park. They went in the store and snatched up as many pair of the trendy Nudie jeans as they could. The jeans retail for $200 per pair. The store owner Luke Cho told New York Daily News that he’sgotten somewhat “numb” to shoplifters. He said that there were so many of them and he only had four other employees working at the time. In other words, they were no match for the crowd.
“I think I kind of maybe stopped the flow a little bit, but I quickly realized something bad’s about to happen, and I alerted my staff to call 911,” Cho told CBS 2 Chicago.
Police were delayed because there was a street fair that day and “because the outdoor festivities closed off local streets” police didn’t arrive on the scene until 30 minutes after the crime occurred, Cho said.
“They [the teens] basically pushed us aside,” Cho told the Sun-Times. “We were standing by the door. My staff got cuts and bruises and banged around until [the thieves] unlocked the door and got out.”
Read more here and check out the “flash mob” below. We should simply call them mobs, so that the good natured flash mobs can regain their positive reputation.