If you're a retailer, chances are you're going to be doing a lot of last minute shopping. Read this advice from the “Worst Case Scenario” Desk Calendar:
“How to Evade a Stampede of Shoppers”
1. React Immediately. Stay focused and visualize your goal.
2. Do not join the herd. You cannot shop if you cannot see the merchandise.
3. Do not move toward the herd. You risk being trampled if you try to thread your way through a stampede. If you are unable to get out of the way, wrap arms tightly around your packages, turn your body in the direction of the crowd, and let yourself be carried along as you work your way to the outside.
4. Maximize your movement options. If you need to negotiate your way through a crowd, stay on the edge. Most shoppers will leave a few feet between themselves and surrounding walls, so you will have room to maneuver.
Source: “Worst Case Scenario” Desk Calendar Saturday, November 25, 2006 & Sunday, November 26, 2006