Every shopper wants to get bargains on Black Friday but few are willing to be injured in the process!. Over the years, a number of violent incidents have occurred during this king of all holiday shopping days. In their rush to take advantage of sale prices, shoppers often let safety fall by the wayside. Here are ways to avoid getting hurt, or worse, during your Black Friday shopping spree.
Step 1: Shoppers often begin lining up outside hours before a store opens. If you are one of them, be aware of the people around you. Pay special attention when entering the store because this is often when accidents occur. In 2008, a crowd of about 2,000 shoppers waited outside a New York Walmart store prior to its opening. When the doors opened, the crowded surged, pushed down the doors, and trampled an employee to death.
Step 2: If any mob-type behavior develops outside or inside the store, gather your shopping party and quickly leave the area. It getting a low price really worth sacrificing your life?
Step 3: Bring a cell phone on the shopping trip. If an emergency situation develops, call the police.
Step 4: Keep your shopping party close and be prepared to defend them or vacate the scene together if something bad begins happening.
Step 5: Once you have paid for your merchandise and are exiting the store for the parking lot, be alert. Thieves often follow shoppers to their cars or wait for them in the parking area. Stay alert until arriving safe at home.
Step 6: Develop an emergency plan ahead of time and share it with everyone in your shopping party. Designate a meeting area if you must vacate a store and make sure that each person has a cell phone so he or she can check in if detached from the group.
Step 7: Avoid the drama entirely by shopping online on Black Friday. Unless the kids really want that hot new toy, you are not likely to sustain an injury while seated in front of the computer.