Killing For Coats?



Last week a Bryant Park ice rink shooting  left one person injured and another possibly paralyzed all because the shooter wanted the victim’s Biggie parka.

The highly coveted parka, which is actually called a “Marmot Mammouth”, usually costs between $700 and $800.  Last year Marmot Mountain LLC, the manufacturer of the coat, discontinued production of the coat, for undisclosed reasons.  The coat recently went on sale at Paragon Sports for as low as $200. But the sports retailer has removed the item from their shelves because of the recent shooting.

Paragon Sports employees told the NY Post that they thought the coat’s big pockets were appealing for buyers to stash guns and drugs in.

“They sold really well, but the company didn’t want to be associated with that,” one worker said. “We put the rest on sale to move them out. Paragon doesn’t want to affiliate itself with an item that’s going to cause violence.”

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  • SayWhat

    I’ve always said it’s hard for black folks because we are stuck between a rock and a hard place. If you work hard and buy yourself something even remotely nice you are faced with racists who wonder how you can afford it, if you stole it, and want to arrest you for it and on the other side you are stuck with ignorant #%#&* who they think they are entitled to what you worked hard for.
    It’s a sad state of affairs and I hope that the victims recover.

  • vintage3000

    @ Bren–I have a friend who still refuses to wear jewelry after he was mugged at gunpoint for his gold watch AND leather jacket back in the 90’s.

    It’s awful we have to worry about thugs taking our belongings, with this latest tragedy we see they are not confining their violence to the confines of the hood.

  • I remember back in the 80’s they were robbing people for their Troop leather jackets, Gucci and Coach bags. I hope the boy makes a full recovery, and they catch who did it. But I have to say it: $800 coat for a 14 year old boy?

    • mEE

      the 14y/o that got shot wasn’t the one wearing the coat. The intended target was a 20 y/o man who also got shot in the arm

    • oops! thanks for the correction mEE.