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Sunday
Jan062013

Louisiana Mall Evacuated After Flash Mob Gets Ugly

ABC News(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- The Mall of Louisiana was evacuated Saturday night after a flash mob turned into an ugly brawl.

Cellphone video captured the chaos as shoppers jammed escalators and ran for the nearest exits in Baton Rouge, the state capital. Employees at the mall were ordered to abandon their cash registers and evacuate immediately.

The fight broke out in the mall food court, where 200 teens had gathered for a flash mob.

“We think there was some sort of post on social media about a flash mob for tonight which drew such a large crowd of juveniles,” Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, said.

Hicks said deputies are investigating the events that led to the fight.

The panic was especially acute, weeks after a gunman opened fire at an Oregon mall, killing three people, including himself, and injuring one.

“Saw people running and screaming I turned around a girl told me someone has a gun I started running with them,” shopper Missy Melancon wrote on Facebook.

No injuries or weapons were reported, though nerves were rattled.

“Never been that scared in my life,” Juston D’Nea Millet wrote on Facebook.  “People were running everywhere.  It was like a movie, but you were in it.”

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Thursday
Feb092012

Delta Airlines Airport Flash Mob: Employees Get Their Groove On

Delta Airlines(NEW YORK) -- When was the last time an airline made you smile? A just-released YouTube video of Delta employees flash-mobbing around the country may do the trick. Employees at airports in Atlanta, New York City, Detroit and at the Technical Operations Center, also in Atlanta, got in on the fun.

The video starts out a little boring, with a few Delta employees singing a cheesy but nice song about “Delta and you” and the places you’ll go together. Then the video cuts to the crowd in Atlanta and...wham!  Delta flash mob!

One highlight is the flight attendant in the red dress in New York. She’s on the right, and ever so slightly out of step with the rest of the group. Check it out at about 2:42. She eventually gets in the groove. Also, the guy at tech ops with his tongue sticking out the side of his mouth at 3:42 is pretty awesome, as well.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Flash Mob Raids 7-11 Store in Maryland

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- A group of 50 teenagers raided a Maryland 7-Eleven Saturday night, looting the convenience store in what police are investigating as a flash mob robbery.

Montgomery County police say the teens, ranging in age from 16-18, rushed into the 7-Eleven in Silver Spring, Md., around 11:20 p.m. Saturday night.

Video surveillance from the store shows the teens fanning out across the store and grabbing snacks and drinks.  The teens then exited the store to the surrounding parking lots and streets, and then quickly dispersed once police arrived.

Police were able to stop six of the teens, each of whom were carrying merchandise from the 7-Eleven but without receipts, reports local ABC affiliate ABC-7.

Police say the suspects may have been attending a birthday party in the area.

They released surveillance video of the group theft in hopes of identifying more of the individuals involved.

The term flash mob was first used to describe spontaneous gatherings of people in a public space, alerted by text, email or Twitter.  In the latest cases, however, flash mobs have turned from fun events to criminal occurrences.

The Saturday night raid in Silver Spring is the latest of such thefts to hit the Washington, D.C. area in recent months.

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Thursday
Aug112011

Riot Fear: Could U.K.-Style Destruction Happen in the US?

CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- With riots breaking out across the U.K., some are wondering if the unrest could spread to America.  Already in the past few months, youth mobs have wreaked havoc in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Cleveland.

The rioting in Britain, now entering a sixth day, has prompted authorities to add 16,000 police in the streets of London.  Mob rule has taken place across the capital and quickly spread to smaller British cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool.  On Wednesday, three men were killed when they were hit by a car while reportedly defending their neighborhood from looters.

Now that youth mobs in Philadelphia have led to new government action, questions remain: why is this happening, and what is the likelihood of such activity amongst American youth?

The city of Philadelphia has now begun a coordinated response to flash mobs and teen violence that has recently plagued the city and terrorized residential areas.

On June 23, a few dozen young people looted several hundred dollars worth of merchandise in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.  On Monday, Philly Mayor Michael A. Nutter reduced the citywide curfew to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for all minors under the age of 18 in targeted enforcement districts.

"This nonsense must stop," Nutter said on Sunday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia.  "If you wanna act like a butthead, your butt's gonna get locked up.  If you wanna act like an idiot, move; we don't want you here anymore."

And Philadelphia is not alone: this weekend, Milwaukee shuddered as a mob stormed the fairgrounds at the Wisconsin state fair; some eyewitness accounts say race was a strong element, and whites were being targeted. And on July 4 in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, a group of 1,000 youths organized through social networking sites to fight and disrupt an event.

Adding to the contagion for the young people participating in such wanton destruction are the bleak economic outlook, seemingly unending high unemployment and a deep distrust of government.

ABC News consultant Brad Garret, who was an FBI agent in Washington, D.C. for 30 years, says that he's not sure if he's seen a combination of conditions like today's facing the youth of America.

"When you get people on the edge anyway, and you pull one brick out of their wall, it can collapse," he said.

There are signs of hope for the U.S. though. The chaos seen in Britain is less likely to occur here, because American cities are generally less segregated than Britain's.  In addition, police forces in America have gotten much better at fighting and preventing crime and antisocial behavior.

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