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Residents Outraged Over Shoe Throwing In Hillary Clinton's Hometown

Chris Benesch and Bal Agrawa expressed displeasure with throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton.
Chris Benesch and Bal Agrawa expressed displeasure with throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Blake Barnes said he didn't think a Hillary Clinton presidency would change anything.
Blake Barnes said he didn't think a Hillary Clinton presidency would change anything. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Ted Barnes said it's time for a female president.
Ted Barnes said it's time for a female president. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Lange's Little Store and Delicatessen is a favorite of the Clintons.
Lange's Little Store and Delicatessen is a favorite of the Clintons. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Who throws a shoe? Honestly!

That was the reaction from people in Hillary Clinton's hometown of Chappaqua after an incident Thursday where a shoe was thrown at the former secretary's head while giving a speech in Las Vegas.

"What was that, a bat?" asked Clinton, who was unharmed in the incident.

"Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did," Clinton was then quoted as saying.

Clinton was in Las Vegas to speak to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

The woman who threw the shoe was released from jail Friday and faces charges of disorderly conduct.

Clinton also made news in San Francisco when she said at a conference she was thinking about running for president in 2016. Clinton, considered the Democratic frontrunner is the subject of a new book "HRC," which details her time as Secretary of State, including her role in the 2012 Benghazi attack.

People in Chappaqua condemned the shoe throwing.

"I don't think that's the way you express your feelings," Chris Benesch said outside of Starbucks. "Violence, especially throwing a shoe, is not the answer."

Benesch said it would be an exciting opportunity for Chappaqua if Clinton ran for president.

Bal Agrawa also condemned the shoe throwing and said he hoped halfway through the shoe had turned into a flower.

Lange's Little Store and Delicatessen is the Clinton's favorite deli with President Clinton often stopping in for lunch or sending his aides to pick up food for him.

At Lange's,Ted Barnes said he thought the shoe throwing was funny, remembering when it happened to George W. Bush.

"She didn't react as quickly as he did," Barnes said. "I have no problem with her being president."

Barnes once fixed the Clinton's septic system at their home on Old House Lane.

"He was a nice guy," Barnes said. "I'd like to meet Hillary. She would make a great candidate. We need a woman president. Let's see what she can do."

Barnes' son, Blake said he had no problem with Hillary running but didn't think she would make much of a difference.

Richard Lange, who runs Lange's Deli, said Hillary is going to win if she runs for president.

"Case closed," Lange said.