Look, I’m struggling to process this story.
I hate malls. If hell is whatever makes you the most unhappy, my version would be trying to navigate Canal Walk behind a group of slow-movers for all eternity.
You know those people who rock up with the whole family, stock up on ice-cream cones, and then spread out to form the world’s slowest moving walkway blockade? Slow-movers.
Despite this, people, and especially young people, like to go to Canal Walk to hang out. Not to shop or because they need something that only a mall can provide – they just want to be there.
According to News24, one particular group of young people wanted to be there so badly that when the mall closed they refused to leave, and when security got involved, things got out of hand.
The group, described as young, were in the mall’s food court on Saturday night and refused to leave after the centre was closed, shopping centre CEO Gavin Wood said.
He said they had reacted with violence and attacked security guards who were escorting them out of the centre.
“One of the security guards had to be hospitalised.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Lord of the Flies meets Cape malls:
That video is a bit blurry, so let’s break it down:
At one point, a man standing at the top of the escalator takes off his shirt. Someone behind him then throws an object – which looks like a shopping basket – at the group below them.
A small trolley is then also seen thrown.
Someone retaliates and throws the object back, hitting the bare-chested man in the face.
The fight took place at around 11PM on Saturday, and two separate cases of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm are being investigated by police.
So far no arrests have been made.
Just another reason to avoid malls at all costs.
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