3 Dangers of Black Friday Shopping
There is a distinct change in mood once the football games and family dinners conclude on Thanksgiving night. For some, eating turkey all day means the tryptophan (an enzyme in turkey that makes people tired) has finally kicked in and it’s time for a good night’s rest. For others, it’s time to put on the best walking boots because there is a long night and early morning ahead. Black Friday shoppers have become a staple in American culture as some of the most excited shoppers stores will see all year. But sometimes, the excitement is taken to an extreme measure. People are no longer friends with their neighbors, but view them as competition.
With high emotions, people ransack stores, throwing things this way and that until they find their perfect sale. In the process, Black Friday shoppers tend to forget safety measures and common courtesy. Here are a few things to look out for if you are brave enough to take on Black Friday 2015.
When the doors open at 12 a.m. on Friday, utter chaos should be expected. Those who get there early enough to be in the front will want to touch and look at every deal possible. Or maybe they have a specific deal in mind and will do anything to find it. It is likely that more than just a few things will be lying around between the aisles and hiding under the clothes racks. Flyers will be everywhere and kids will be playing with their new remote control car before their parents have had the chance to buy it. All of these factors could lead to a nasty slip-and-fall injury if you are unaware of your surroundings. Watch your step while shopping this year if you plan to stay on two feet all day.
Before you even get into the store, there is a matter of finding a parking spot amidst all the crazed shoppers eager to get in or loading up to head to the next place. Your best bet is to find a space in the back of the parking lot to avoid fighting for parking or getting into a wreck with an impatient driver who just cannot wait for you to finish backing out. Especially when you are walking into the store, be sure that other drivers can see you. Pay attention to cars backing out or people who seem to be in a rush. If you can spare an extra two seconds, you can avoid serious damage to yourself and to your car.
Unfortunately, Black Friday has hit extreme levels of competition. Some stores only offer a limited amount of deals. Other stores have an endless supply, but that doesn’t keep shoppers from being over-eager in their search for deals. If you see someone who is acting aggressive towards others or is bullying you to get what they need, try to control your temper and let them pass. It can be hard to keep calm in such a high stress situation, but your safety should be your biggest concern. Black Friday follows a day of thanks and respect, do not let the attitude of others bring down your holiday spirit.
Although Black Friday shopping is meant to be a fun way for families to bond and get presents at a discounted rate, there are dangers that can hinder your shopping extravaganza. If you or someone you know suffers a personal injury while out shopping this year, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas for a free consultation.