Black Friday is a highly anticipated and exciting day for many Georgians
who plan to brave the crowds to get great deals that only come around
once a year. Unfortunately, the Friday after Thanksgiving can be dangerous
to shoppers as well. There have been numerous stories in the news throughout
the years detailing injuries and even deaths as a result of unruly shoppers
and situations at retail stores. This year, many retailers are opening
their doors and beginning sales on Thanksgiving. This may be an effort
to lessen the congestion and dangers associated with the countless shoppers
crowding stores on Friday.
In the past, we have detailed the high number of
premises liability cases that arise from Black Friday shopping each year. This year, we’d
like to provide a list of safety tips for Black Friday shoppers to keep
in mind while searching for deals.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. While the sales and happenings
around you may be exciting, you should remain alert at all times. This
is important both while waiting outside stores and when you are shopping
inside. It only takes a moment of distraction for someone to steal your
belongings or to knock you to the ground.
- If you must carry a purse, use a cross-body bag or one that will hang close
to your body or inside your coat.
- If you see a situation where crowd members are becoming unruly, separate
yourself from that area immediately. Each year there are reports of injuries
to shoppers after falling or being trampled in unruly crowds. You do not
want to be one of those people.
- Keep your cell phone charged and easily accessible on Black Friday. While
you shouldn’t allow your mobile devices to consume your attention
while shopping, it is good to have a phone on hand to alert authorities
in the event of an emergency.
- Travel in a group with family or friends so that you are not shopping alone.
- While transporting purchases to your vehicle, make sure that you aren’t
being followed or watched. Have your keys in your hand before arriving
at your vehicle so that you are not lingering with purchased goods to
look for your keys. It is also smart to store as much merchandise in your
vehicle’s trunk as possible so that potential thieves are not further tempted.
- Leave your children at home if possible. If you must bring children with
you while Black Friday shopping, make sure they know the plan if you get
separated. Assign a central meeting place that they can easily find.
- Research online Black Friday shopping deals. Many Georgians choose to forego
crowded retail stores and do their shopping online. Many large retailers
such as Walmart, Target, and Amazon will have online deals that compete
with in-store bargains.
- If you see an unattended package or bag, alert store employees or law enforcement
Jones & Swanson has experience representing victims
of premises liability claims that involve being injured at retail stores
due to falls,
lack of security, and more. We hope that this year there will be no injuries to Georgia
shoppers while Black Friday shopping.
If you are the victim of a Black Friday accident this year, give us a call
to discuss your legal needs at (770) 427-5498.