'Tis the Season for Trampling: How to Stay Safe in Holiday Shopping Crowds

November 25, 2014 7:37 PM

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The 2014 holiday shopping season is upon us! Hooray? With media and advertisers bombarding us with "Black Friday" and "Small Business Saturday" and recent headlines about stores being fined for NOT being open on Thanksgiving Day, I think it's safe to say that American hype about holiday shopping is out of control.

Sadly, hype and spending are not the only things that can be out of control about holiday shopping. A quick review of holiday shopping-related incidents of Christmas past (am I harkening Ebenezer Scrooge yet?) shows that danger and violence related to crowds have become an expected, if not accepted,...

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