View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


Shop, but don’t shove

Officials urge safety on Black Friday

Posted: November 25, 2009 9:22 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2009 7:00 a.m.
As store employees brace for the Black Friday rush, sheriff's deputies said customers should shop safely and not push or cut in line.

Morning-shift security guards are assigned to patrol the Best Buy store on Bouquet Canyon Road, where flatscreen televisions and Xbox 360 consoles are on display along with other technological gadgets, said Alex Medina, the store's general manager.

"We do a dry run, where we teach our employees what to expect," Medina said, adding that the store expects to see more customers this year now that Circuit City is no longer in business.

But the store rarely sees customers shove, swing fists or trample one another over deals, Medina said.

Deputies urge stores to hire extra security guards to manage the large crowds. But they also said shopping safety is the customers' responsibility.

"It's always fun to get a deal, but not at the price of getting hurt," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Brenda Cambra. "If you're in a very, very crowded area where people are rushing, it would be good to get out of the crowd to protect yourself.

"I would suggest not bringing small children or people who can't maneuver and see through the crowd," she added.

Cambra also suggested shoppers keep close watch of wallets and purses and avoid leaving them unattended.

Shoppers should also be respectful, Cambra said, and make sure not to cut in line or shove others in the crowd.


Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...