Police Called To Quell Fight Over Toy Hamsters

People in Indiana really want those trendy little robot hamsters that are the designated fad toy of 2009. Police were called to two Toys R Us stores, one in Indianapolis and one in Greenwood, on Friday after fights broke out among toy shoppers.

From the Indianapolis Star:

“Those are the hottest toys,” said B.J. Chavez, 37, store manager at the Northeastside store, 8250 Castleton Corner. “When they are here, they are gone within 10 minutes.”

When Toys “R” Us at Castleton opened its doors, a huge line backed up into two adjacent parking lots. People tried to cut the line, not listening or cooperating; and there were reports of people fighting at the back of the line. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was called after a report of a fight, and dispatched at least three squad cars to the scene, said IMPD Sgt. Paul Thompson.


Marion County sheriff’s deputies were also called to the Toys “R” Us, 1650 E. County Line Road, for crowd control, according to a store employee, although more than just Zhu Zhu purchases were on the minds of shoppers there.

“Zhu Zhu crowd gets ugly” [The Indianapolis Star]
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