CHARLOTTE (WCNC) – The shopping rush is on.
From Concord Mills to South Park Mall, shoppers are hitting stores for those Black Friday deals. NBC Charlotte is looking at how you can stay safe as crowds battle for the best deals.
Shoppers are hitting stores for Thanksgiving Day deals and then Black Friday bargains. However, in the past we’ve seen how Black Friday crowds can lead to bad behavior.
NBC Charlotte is talking to law enforcement about how you can make your shopping experience a safe one. Authorities say remember no sale is worth your safety.
From screaming to shoving and stomping, we’ve seen it all before in past Black Friday’s.
“Definitely need to be aware of all your surroundings,” says shopper, April Stone-Mills.
The website, blackfridaydeathcount.com, tracks people who’ve been injured or killed around Black Friday by linking to news articles. NBC Charlotte talked to shoppers who’ve tried to avoid certain spots because of the potential danger.
“That was one of the reasons we didn't take advantage of some of those sales in the past, didn't want to be a part of it,” says shopper, Glenn Flowe.
“Especially with a baby, now you don’t want to be out in that,” said another woman.
NBC Charlotte reached out to law enforcement about how you can protect yourself. The Union County Sheriff’s Office says don’t get stuck in a position you can’t get out of, look for a safe area to escape if needed, and don’t engage someone if you experience threatening behavior, but instead call security or 911.
“You want to get your shopping because its good sales, but at the same time you want to keep your family safe,” said a shopper.
NBC Charlotte found shoppers being orderly waiting outside Best Buy and Brass Pro Shop in Concord Mills on Thursday morning.
“It is a happy situation, so why to have a conflict?,” said one customer at Best Buy.
“I love my family and I’ll get anything in the world they want, but I don’t want to risk putting my life in danger,” said Stone-Mills.
South Park Mall is scheduled to open its doors to shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday.