The Sneaker Life

Jessie Gutierrez

Shoes in today’s society no longer cost money, they come at a higher price, sneakers cost either an arm or a leg. It was supposed to be an ordinary buy-and-sell, but this wasn’t the case for a Brooklyn teenager buying shoes from a seller he encountered on Craigslist. Zachary Sam tried to steal a pair of Air Jordans from Philipp Pierre instead he ended up losing an arm.

Sam connected with “Phil” on Craigslist who was selling a pair of Air Jordan Eight sneakers. They arranged to meet at about 1 p.m. near Avenue M and East 84th Street in Canarsie, where Sam got into Phil’s gray Honda pilot, pulled out a black revolver, and stole the shoes and walked away. Sam is then seen walking on the other side of the street when the SUV speeds up from behind and runs him over; a video which caught the scene displays this.

Sam, missing his arm, managed to jump on an MTA bus where he demanded a train pass. Just then, Phil yanked him off the bus and told the driver he’d robbed him. Sam escaped his grasp again and ran home where he collapsed, police said. Doctors managed to reattach his arm, but they are not sure if the operation was successful.

Shoes are not worth a person’s life or jail time. People need to understand that stealing has consequences and it will come back to haunt you. Materialistic things, such as shoes, can be replaced but your life cannot.