It's safer to shop on BF
When Black Friday rolls around, we always expect to see reports of trampled shoppers taken away to hospitals or mob scenes that turn harshly violent, but this year there have been no such reports. Have retailers actually been getting better when it comes to crowd control?
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Scouring around various media reports, we can't find any sort of crazy injury story about the early hours of Black Friday. This is of course a good thing, and perhaps a sign that retailers are learning their lesson.
I went to a Best Buy in Columbus, Ohio this morning and found store management watching the line and even a police officer questioning anyone who started to come to the front of the line. I had never seen that level of crowd control before, and it worked. We all entered in a very organized way when the clock hit 5:00.
The worst story we found was from a local news report in Buffalo, where there was a bit of a mob scene when later arrivers tried to push their way through the doors as soon as they opened. But even a man who appeared to be injured walked into the store unphased.
Stores are learning that they can't just stay indoors and unlock the place at opening time, and expect everything to be okay. They're focusing more on making sure things are safe, because any sort of trampled-to-death story is nightmare PR, to say the least.
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So congratulations to everyone who ventured out today, and good job keeping it all relatively sane.