Justin Bieber Causes Post-Christmas Shopping Stampede in Canada
Singer’s Boxing Day visit to Ontario mall causes near-riot as fans struggle for a glimpse.
TORONTO – Mall rat Justin Bieber caused a Boxing Day stampede Sunday as the local Stratford, Ontario native dropped by the Fairview Park Mall for some bargain-shopping.
“There were vases being broken, and people climbing over other people and a lot of screaming,” shopper Taylor Inder told the Guelph Mercury newspaper as door-crushing fans struggled to catch a glimpse of Bieber.
Local police were called to the mall to end the noon-time melee, with Sunglass Hut shop owner Sarah Pelletier being told to shut her doors as Bieber did his bit for the Canadian economy by purchasing some shades.
“I thought, my God it’s a 16-year-old boy who’s shopping — what’s the big deal here?” Pelletier told the newspaper. “I was concerned because there was hundreds of girls out there and three police officers at my glass doors, and I’m like, ‘I don’t think this is a good mix.’”
The Canadian pop singer was reportedly in Stratford with family over the holidays, and eventually received an escort out of the Kitchener mall through a back entrance, according to newspaper accounts.