Shoes on a Florida Expressway

Commuters driving to work early today on the Palmetto Expressway in Florida encountered something weird: thousands of shoes on the road:

According to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Pat Santangelo, thousands of pairs of used shoes mysteriously appeared at 7:42 a.m. on the southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway between the Bird Road and Miller Drive exits.

Employees of the Florida Department of Transportation's Road Rangers service, which is meant to provide roadside assistance, managed to push all the shoes into one lane using large brooms.

A private contractor was hired to use a front-end loader to pick up the shoes by the dozen and load them into a large dump truck, Santangelo said.

''At this point, no one's claimed the shoes,'' Santangelo said.

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Hime - Good point but if you had no shoes they would be quite an improvement.

SM - Lots of good books from the 40's. That was just a guess based on my knowing that a lot of great movies were made in the 40's.
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The Washington Post reported that the shoes will be taken to a vacant field, where they will be picked up by a nonprofit group called Soles4Souls.

"Soles4Souls, which has distributed millions of pairs of shoes around the world, will ship the massive batch of shoes by truck to a processing facility in Alabama. There the organization will decide where to distribute them."
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Skipweasel "Soon to be renamed the Imelda Marcos Parkway." There's goes my thunder. GGGG

SenorMysterioso "... or the Hardy boys."
You are an old one. Funny but old. GGGGG

Corinne ".. they give them to needy people, ..."
I'm with you. Send them up North where it's really cold. Who needs shoes where it never get's below 75?

FWIW I don't think it was a protest or prank. Imagine how long it would take to collect that many used shoes.
That's a lot of leather! I think they fell off a truck probably being driven by an illegal alien that didn't want to stick around.
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