Chicagoan Vic Mensa is meeting his hometown’s ‘bait truck’ controversy with a constructive idea. After seeing that police were tempting those in impoverished neighbourhoods to steal shoes they mightn’t have the means to otherwise get, Mensa and his SaveMoneySaveLife foundation are giving away thousands of free sneakers.
Last week Chicago Police escorted a “bait-truck” full of shoes through the South Side of Chicago to lure poor people with FREE NIKES. So we’re filling a truck with shoes to give away to those who need it. Buy a pair and donate here:https://t.co/8xkLTHTEhX pic.twitter.com/Tp6X8iZ4Ch
— vino valentino (@VicMensa) August 17, 2018
The Chicago Sun-Times report that Mensa will place an ‘anti-bait truck’ alongside food trucks for a back-to-school event. Some 3000 shoes were donated by Friday, and the foundation is said to be aiming for 10,000 pairs before the event kicks off on August 26.
The police tried to set our community up with a bait truck full of shoes only to arrest folk who needed some, so THIS SUNDAY we are giving away thousands and thousands of pairs to any student who needs them!!
Let’s GO! pic.twitter.com/NUqjOsSEoZ
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 22, 2018