OSHA release Black Friday Guidelines
The name itself speaks volumes, Black Friday, a day of big bargains and major mayhem. One of the busiest shopping days of the year, it has the potential to be the most dangerous. In 2008 a worker was trampled to death by customers in a Walmart in Valley Stream, New York.
Sears Manager Shannon Taft says, "Its gets pretty hectic, we have people from every where and we are over staffed at times to try to meet all their needs."
In anticipation of this day, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is encouraging stores to emphasize safety.
At the Albany Sears, workers try to make sure shoppers don't get out of control.
"We have a cueing process in place, line starts here for example, and a lot of signs that have clear distinctive processes," says Taft.
The day has such a stigma that many customers stay away
Bianca Marenco says, "There are too many crowds pushing and people want what they want."
Others just go shopping with a mission
Bailey Wilson says, "I just try to grab what I like and get in line first, so I don't have to wait."
When Sears opens its doors at 4 am they'll run a tight ship.
Taft says, "If you're standing in line, we want to make sure we don't have people bossing others and pushing people around, or trying to forcibly skip ahead in line."
Sears believes organization and patience from customers will be key to a safer Black Friday.
Taft says, "When you come in keep in mind its not all about you, be aware of other people and be considerate."
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