Thursday, July 17, 2008

Just Do It: Steal and Stab

In a sign of the times, I'm not sure what the sign is other than people are opportunistic bastards, onlookers swiped Nike shoes strewn across the road after a fatal accident. Kerry Ray Boatman of Michigan was riding in the sleeper cab of the truck after when the driver swerved to miss a car. The maneuver caused the trailer to split open and threw Boatman from the cab, killing him.

Thankfully, there was some good to come from this tragedy. Free shoes for some lucky travelers.

Several people attempted to steal some of the load of Nike athletic shoes being carried by one of the trucks.

Oregon State Police troopers at the crash along Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge did not arrest anyone trying to take the boxes of shoes. But Lt. Gregg Hastings of OSP said several people, apparently also stalled because of the fire, were trying to do so.

There's a picture of the accident, but lack of computer geek skills prevents me from enlarging this tiny little picture. UPDATE: I was able to locate a bigger picture of the wreck on as you can see above and another picture to the right.

In other Nike news, the shoe company is pulling its Nike Air Stab shoes from the market in Britain. This comes after a spate of stabbings in England, including some Nike employees themselves.

All of this while Nike celebrates the 20th anniversary of its iconic "Just Do It" slogan.

[Photos: KATU]