As Riots Continue, Sales of Bats Spike on Amazon.UK

By Alexis C. Madrigal

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The eagle-eyed Adrian Chen of Gawker tweeted about an ugly trend at Amazon.co.uk: sales of bats are spiking. Sales of both aluminum baseball bats and police batons have jumped 5,000 percent in the last 24 hours. The top 10 on Amazon's "movers and shakers" list for Sports and Leisure are: a wooden baseball bat, another wooden baseball bat, an aluminum bat, a wooden bat, a kid's wooden bat, a tent, a work stand, and another bat. Every item on the list has seen its sales shoot up more than 720 percent.

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