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A woman being driven around in a rented limousine pulled up at a coat store and announced she'd won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases, police said, but she ended up causing a riot when customers realized it was a hoax.
Angry customers threw merchandise around and looted, leaving the store looking as though a hurricane had passed through it, police said.
Linda Brown was arrested Tuesday after an hours-long shopping spree that began when she hired a stretch Hummer limousine to drop her off at a Burlington Coat Factory store, police Sgt. Lt. Michael Deakins said. Brown walked to a cash register and loudly announced she had won the lottery and would pay for each person's merchandise up to $500, he said.
People flooded the registers as cashiers began ringing up purchase after purchase, but Brown had not yet paid the bill, Deakins said. At least 500 people filled the aisles and another 1,000 were outside trying to get in, he said.
Originally posted by atzmaz
You've obviously never been to a Burlington Coat Factory.
Probably one on the wrong side of the tracks...and since its Ohio I think the whole state is on the wrong side of the tracks from my experiences.
Originally posted by Shadowflux
People get into a frenzy, they feel they "have to get theirs" before anyone else. It's an irrational mob mentality that seems to trigger rather quickly.