A lady screamed, “Stop him! He stole my purse!” I looked up to see a man running toward me. Without thinking, I swung the lightsaber I’d just picked up for my son. It hit the thief in the throat, then he hit the floor and dropped a purse. I returned it to one stunned lady and went on about my shopping.
As I grabbed another lightsaber that wasn’t broken, I thought to myself, “When will people learn to shop safer around the holidays?” It brought to mind this clip from WXYZ-TV, Detroit Channel 7:
A major issue that comes with holiday shopping is distraction. People look for that perfect gift. Women might set their purse in a cart and get carried away in the moment, and then so does their purse. Avoid that by carrying one credit card or just cash and nothing else.
Avoid confrontation. Don’t argue with someone over the last item on a shelf. Let them have it. Chances are you can find it elsewhere — maybe even for a better price. This year is insane enough, so don’t put your safety on the line over a gift.
Don’t take any form of payment out until you’re ready to pay for your items. No one needs to know what you’re carrying, and if someone near you should make you feel uneasy, ask the cashier if you can have an escort to your vehicle.
Alone and purchasing large items? Definitely ask for help getting them to, and loading them in, your vehicle.
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