Justin Bieber caused a Boxing Day stampede Sunday, after the local Stratford, Ontario native dropped by the Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener for some bargain-shopping.
"There were vases being broken, and people climbing over other people and a lot of screaming," shopper Taylor Inder told the Waterloo Region Record newspaper as door-crushing fans struggled to catch a glimpse of Bieber.
Local police were called to the mall to end the noon-time melee, with Sunglass Hut shop owner Sarah Pelletier being told to shut her doors as Bieber did his bit for the Canadian economy by purchasing some shades.
"I thought, my God it's a 16-year-old boy who's shopping - what's the big deal here?" Pelletier told the newspaper. "I was concerned because there was hundreds of girls out there and three police officers at my glass doors, and I'm like, 'I don't think this is a good mix.'"
The Canadian pop singer was reportedly in Stratford with family over the holidays, and eventually received an escort out of the Kitchener mall through a back entrance, according to newspaper accounts.