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Safety and Security Expert Marciani Offers Shopping Tips PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Sports safety and security expert Dr. Lou Marciani provided some sage advice about holiday shopping in a recent interview with the online technology Web site

Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi, was asked to share some tips for safe shopping as Black Friday (Nov. 27) approaches.

Marciani offered the following suggestions to avoid the holiday crush that inevitably occurs on the busiest shopping day of the year.

• Watch the crowd: The mood of the mob will let you know if that superstore just isn’t going to open fast enough to prevent a riot. Plan your evacuation route in advance. Think Houdini thoughts.
• Stay upright: Falling down in the middle of a stampede is very, very bad. Lower your center of gravity. Duck your head and shoulders, tighten your tummy muscles and wrap your arms around your waist like you’re hugging yourself. Think sumo thoughts.
• Go sideways: Moving against the herd is dumb. Letting it move you is also dumb. Try to head sideways to the edge of the mob. If you go down, assume the fetal positions with hands clasped behind your neck. Think armadillo thoughts.

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