Sniagrab campers finally show up: Screw you, urban camping ban!

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Some people watch for turning leaves or dropping temperatures as a sign that fall is coming. We watch for the first tent to appear outside of the Sports Castle in anticipation of Sniagrab, the giant Labor Day sale that Sports Authority continued when it took over this flagship of the Gart's empire -- and which may have been delayed this year over concerns about the recently enacted urban camping ban.

Last year, campers started showing up on Wednesday, ten days before the sale would start -- on the Saturday before Labor Day. But this year, no tents appeared last Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday.

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Had the bargain-hunters been scared away by the urban camping ban that Denver City Council passed a few months ago? That ordinance was aimed at the homeless folks sleeping on the mall (with the side benefit of also preventing Occupy Denver protesters of sleeping on the formerly legal sidewalks), not eager shoppers. And the city and Sports Authority worked hard to come up with the proper permitting that would allow people to camp outside on the sidewalk.

Late last week, Sports Authority issued this statement regarding the legalities:

Sports Authority worked with the City for a special permit to allow Sniagrab enthusiasts to begin lining up early this year including camping overnight. In previous years we've had the first customers in line up to a week ahead of start of the sale on Saturday with over 400 customers in line by 7 a.m. on Saturday.

We anticipate similar excitement this year as we've increased our inventory by 35 percent and it's on sale for up to 80 percent off original prices on previous years' ski & snowboard equipment and more.

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Similar excitement? Last night a lone camper finally appeared -- five days after the first pioneer in 2011 -- and promptly disappeared after a Westword writer chatted him up. But apparently others are not shy: As you can see, there are now four tents pitched at Tenth and Broadway.

Their occupants shouldn't worry. They're not going to be arrested just for wanting bargain ski equipment.

More from our Things to Do archive circa August 2011: "Sports Authority SNIAGRAB line starts forming ten days before sale: Earliest ever? (PHOTOS)."

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18 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

**** Occupy SNIAGRAB !! ****

rain
rain

Urban camping is banned except for those actually camping in urban areas.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Vapid Consummerist Retards ...

 

... typical Americans.

Jonathan White
Jonathan White

Never cease to amaze? What you expect these folks to be able to camp because they're not really homeless and don't pose a threat. Total horse shit. Arrest them all! If the less fortunate now have to hide where they sleep and risk being detained, then these cheap assholes should get the same. How ridiculous

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

"They're not going to be arrested just for wanting bargain ski equipment" -- no, they aren't; Denver is all about the capricious application of arbitrary laws, but what if one was to go down there with a sign decrying corporate kleptocracy or police lawlessness?  I may try that.

Nick McCollum
Nick McCollum

I think they're ok the occupy movement was harboring a different brand 10% legit tax payers 90% bums following a meal ticket. These folks are good

Nick McCollum
Nick McCollum

I think they're ok the occupy movement was harboring a different brand 10% legit tax payers 90% bums following a meal ticket. These folks are good

Scott Greene
Scott Greene

Considering how the DPD pick and choose who they confront... Everyone should be safe

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Why don't these skiers pay homeless people to keep their places in line ???...

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

I think every one who feels it is unfair should call 911.

Pedro Martinez DePacas
Pedro Martinez DePacas

The right to peacefully assemble is the real issue . If there is a 'threat' to the 1% then the 'ban' is enforced .

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

I think the cops will waste their time on it. The never cease to amaze!

Melissa Kostic
Melissa Kostic

Propaganda. Do you really think people are camping ?

Benjamin Bradburn
Benjamin Bradburn

The deals just aren't that good. Certainly not worth camping. Also humorous that we can camp to buy things, but not because we don't have a home. Makes sense.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

They should be...equal enforcement. Not that I think they're doing anything wrong but a ban on camping is a ban, period. It's not illegal to be stupid which is how I would describe them. Camping to save a couple $? Really? Sad.

NOTDonkeyHotay
NOTDonkeyHotay

 @RobertChase Doubtful. Most likely you will spend the day trading comments with Donkey and acting like a douche.

Cartman
Cartman

 @Juan_Leg Because they'd probably ditch the place in line and go get an 8th of weed or a 5th of vodka.

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