Shoelaces As Seen In The News
Shoelaces occasionally make an appearance in the news, where they have been involved in good and bad, happy and sad events. Here's some excerpts from various news stories involving shoelaces.
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News Story Excerpts – 2019
Toddler fell to his death from subway platform while mother tied his shoelace
– Metro News (UK), 12-Dec-2019
A two-year-old boy was killed by a New York City subway train on Wednesday.
Police say the boy was with his 20-year-old mother, who reportedly was attempting to tie her son’s shoe when he pulled away and fell onto the tracks as the train entered the station.
Group homes dehumanise and unjustly punish people with disabilities, royal commission hears
– ABC News (Australia), 04-Dec-2019
A woman with an intellectual disability is now “fearful of everything” after spending time in a group home where she was
repeatedly punished for transgressions as minor as not tying her shoelaces, her mother has told the disability royal
“She was punished for her self harm. She was punished over her incontinence. She was punished if she swore at somebody.”
Her daughter was also punished for not tying her shoelaces, even though her disability meant she did not have the motor skills to do so.
Michigan players try to slow down J.K. Dobbins by untying his shoelace
– USA Today (USA), 30-Nov-2019
After Dobbins scored a touchdown on Ohio State’s first drive of the game, Michigan defenders Carlo Kemp and Aidan Hutchinson devised a new way to try and slow down the Buckeyes’ star. When Dobbins was on the ground at the end of a play in the second quarter, Kemp and Hutchinson worked together to untie Dobbins’ left shoe and pull it off his foot.
Mailbox Fishing Thieves Caught In The Act, Chief Urges Caution
– Mahwah-Ramsey Daily Voice (USA), 13-Nov-2019
Ramsey police captured two suspected thieves near the borough post office with glue traps, shoe laces and other devices
used to fish mail from drop boxes, authorities said.
“All of these seized items, it is suspected, were used in previous ‘fishing’ thefts of mail,” Gurney said. “Officers also believe that they interrupted a crime in progress.”
SHOESHANK REDEMPTION: Valencia prisoner escapes jail using his shoelace to undo latch on cell door
– The Olive Press (Spain), 14-Oct-2019
After returning to a holding cell at the Valencian City of Justice court he made his lace into a bow and pushed it through the bars to undo the latch on the outside of the door.
A manhunt is now underway after CCTV captured him walking out of the court’s front doors unnoticed.
Cowboys TE Jason Witten experiences weird shoelace mishap vs. Giants
– The Dallas Morning News (USA), 09-Sep-2019
“His shoestring got -- I don't know how it went,” Witten said. “It wrapped around my cleat, so I was trying to move. I could hear him screaming, 'Oh, man!' and so [we] literally couldn't move. His entire shoestring got wrapped around mine. We just had to wait for somebody to pull it off.”
5-year-old battling bone cancer has last round of chemo
– Wave 3 News (USA), 06-Sep-2019
On December 7, 2018, another child stepped on DJ’s untied shoelace, causing him to fall. After DJ was dropped off at home by the school bus, he was taken to the ER, where an X-ray found a break in his humerus bone and a large mass at the break site.
DJ was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital, where a bone biopsy led to the diagnosis of Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.
Ian's Comment: See also original incident in 2018.
Heartwarming photo shows little boy jumping into Fourth of July parade to tie officer's shoelace
– Yahoo Lifestyle (USA), 06-Jul-2019
A kid hopped into a Fourth of July parade to help an Honor Guard tie his shoelaces in a viral moment that’s awarded him a police medal.
During Thursday’s Fourth of July festivities in Arlington, Texas, a two-mile march downtown, Officer Jarrick Wilson saw that his shoelace was untied. The DWI enforcement unit officer who works nights signaled the other guards to slow down and while the group was deciding how to juggle their American flags or rifle, a boy named Josh raced over to help.
Model in Sao Paulo dies after taking ill on catwalk
– ABC News (USA), 27-Apr-2019
Daily Folha de S. Paulo reported that Soares tripped on his shoelace and fell. According to the paper, people in the crowd initially thought his fall was part of a performance.
Ian's Comment: The shoelaces were later ruled out – although I can see that the trailing ribbons could definitely have contributed.
Jury Sides With Police In Tasing Case Of Maryville, Missouri, Teen With Autism
– KCUR Radio (USA), 11-Apr-2019
According to the lawsuit, Kramer was returning home from school one evening when he stopped on the edge of trooper Jim David Farmer’s yard to tie his shoelace.
Farmer approached him and asked, “Can I help you with something?”
Kramer, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 ½ years old, ran away. Farmer then called the Maryville Police
Department and told them that Kramer had been heading toward his front door.
Police body cam video introduced as evidence showed two of the officers ordering Kramer to stop resisting as he wailed and screamed that he wanted to go home. One of them then shot Kramer with his Taser at least twice.
Shoelace, Glue Traps: Fort Lee Detective, Officer Nab Postal Box Fishing Thieves
– Daily Voice (USA), 21-Feb-2019
Fighting the growing trend of check thefts from postal boxes, Fort Lee police nabbed a Teaneck man and a companion who they
said had collected a bundle with a shoelace and glue traps.
[Detectives] Findanis and Kelly also discovered the glue traps and shoelace -- commonly used for mailbox fishing -- as well as several bogus credit cards and checks, bank receipts and marijuana, Hintze said.
Nike's Android app doesn't run well with its Adapt BB self-tying shoes
Have you tried rebooting the shoes?
– CNET (USA), 18-Feb-2019
The Adapt BB needed a firmware update in its first week, which could only be installed via an iOS or Android app, Nike executives said in January.
But for people using Android, the app for the self-tying sneakers hasn't been a perfect fit. Multiple reviews for the Nike Adapt app on Google's Play Store said that it hasn't connected to the left shoe, and an update rendered the sneaker's main feature useless.
You're still able to wear the sneakers and walk around in them, but all the smart features from the app stopped working with the update, frustrated users said.
Fans Surprised as Richardson Gets Bat Grip & Shoe Laces as Player of the Match Award
– News18 (USA), 12-Jan-2019
Jhye Richardson’s spell of 4-26 was instrumental in Australia’s 34-run win over India in the first ODI of the series on
Saturday and the young pacer was named Player of the Match afterwards.
In a nice gesture, the prize money meant to be handed out to the player was donated to charity but the alternative award
handed to Richardson – a bat grip and some shoe laces – had many fans confused.
What, they can't even give him a bottle of champagne or something? Worst prize ever
– Sami Dowd (@samidowd) January 12, 2019
Pregnant Carrie Underwood Gets Help Tying Her Shoelaces
– POPSUGAR (USA), 04-Jan-2019
Carrie Underwood, now in her third trimester, has shared an Instagram video of what it's like to reach that inevitable time – when you physically can't bend over enough to tie your own damn shoelaces – herself.
“I can no longer tie my own shoes,” she professed in a caption alongside a video of her husband, Mike Fisher, tying one
silver sparkly sneaker while her 3-year-old son Isaiah attempted to tie the other. “So glad I have such sweet helpers!”
After Isaiah was clearly diverting from a standard tie and exclaimed he was going to tie it a “cool way,” Carrie sweetly said: “You're doing a good job, buddy. Let Daddy fix it a little bit ... if you do it too cool, I can't get it off later. Daddy will fix it.”