No one likes getting kicked out of a spot by cops or over-weight security guards who smell as bad as they look. Most people fear what they don't understand and most people don't understand skateboarding or skaters. But if skateboarding is a crime, then I'll assume the town has purged all murderers, rapists and drug dealers and are lowering their criminal standards to keep busy.
On the other hand shouldn't it be a crime to buy a skateboard at Kmart? Should you be allowed to buy a skateboard from a sporting goods store along with shuttlecocks and jock straps? Maybe Radio Shack should start selling skateboards - why the Hell not? Everyone else is. Or maybe I should pick up a new set of wheels in the produce department while I'm buying groceries.
Having stock doesn't mean having quality!
Only your local independent skate shop sells quality skateboards and equipment. Unfortunately, not everyone knows this. They figure a no-name $20 complete is the same as a $100 one from a major skate company. Remember this scenario when you go shopping for a $200 car. You get what you pay for.
These uninformed skaters/consumers need your help. You can lend a hand and help support local skate shops by downloading these SYLSS "Crappy Skateboard" WARNING LABELS (4-up PDF files) and stick 'em on those crappy products you encounter in the mall, discount stores, toy stores and sporting goods stores.
Only independent skateboard shops sell quality products that won't break or fall apart in the first 10 minutes of use. Boards purchased from crappy department stores and gluttonous box-stores are unsafe and will usually result in unnecessary injuries.
Clue-in and buy from your local skate shop. They are the only ones who care about you and ensuring you get high quality equipment. Department stores and sporting goods stores only want your money. Independent skate shops want to keep you as a customer by helping you get the best products available.
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