Nov 25, 2009 11:10 PM by Stacy Daniel
Retailers are forecasting a shopping rush this Black Friday. But, this year they're making some changes to keep you safe.
Last year's trampling death of a New York Wal-mart employee, and a shooting inside of a Palm Desert Toys R Us, on the day after Thanksgiving, have increased concerns about safety.
Retailers are vowing to step up efforts to control crowds. More in store assistance will be available and most stores will have extended hours.
Shopper safety is top priority this holiday season.
Store owners and managers say they taking special measures to see to it.
Black Friday is just hours away.
Soon retailers will be over run by holiday shoppers, looking to score a deal.
Employees at Best Buy are trained on how to handle harried holiday shoppers.
Sales Associate, Ralph Brooks says,"If you see something getting out of hand you kind of step in and you know, settle things peacefully and if you can't settle things peacefully then you have to settle them forcefully. And that's how we do it and we're good at it."
If that doesn't work, the company has its own security team, ready to step in at anytime.
Most stores plan ahead several weeks in advance of Black Friday, laying out popular items so shoppers can easily spot them.
Shoppers will likely need all the help they can get. At most retailers, the doors open Friday morning at 5 A.M. sharp. Shopper, Brian Stoltey says, "It looks like I'm going to save some money so, I'm willing to wake up at like 4 or 5 in the morning to do that."
But not even the best Black Friday deals can get convince some people to brave the crowds.
Reporter, Stacy Daniel asks, "Is it too crazy for you?" Shopper, Marie Karr relies, "Oh yes. The pushing the shoving just to get into the door."
Most retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving to get ready for Black Friday.
But,Walmart will be open.
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