I’ve decided to expand on my First Date Survival Tips posts and branch out into the frightening realm of Mall Shopping.
I had to go to the mall today, and not only did I make it out alive, but I also found a couple of incredible deals. It’s usually close to impossible to find a pair of running shoes for my size 15 Monkey Boy feet, but I picked up two pairs at Foot Locker for $95.
Now that I have two new pairs of sneakers. I shouldn’t have to go back to that horrible place anytime soon.
I’m sure some of you will not be so lucky, though, so pay attention. I’m about to share some Deep Thoughts that very well could save your life.
Always go in with a plan. NEVER go to the mall to window shop, look around, or check out the sales. Go there as a last resort only (by that, I mean you’ve gone to Good Will, yard sales, and checked dumpsters first) and ALWAYS have a plan of attack.
Know what store you’re going to first and have a back up store ready in case the first one doesn’t pan out. Don’t stop to look at the map or to ask for directions at the information desk. Those are traps designed to keep you in the mall longer and steal your soul.
Memorize the layout of the mall so you can get where you need to go without having to stop for directions. If the store isn’t where it’s supposed to be, ABORT THE MISSION! Get the hell out of there because it’s just another trap.
Pretend the mall is an enemy country and you are an intelligence officer on a secret mission. Everyone is a threat. Assume anyone you encounter will turn you over to the authorities. If you are captured, you will never see America or your loved ones again. You will be tortured for information and then imprisoned and forgotten.
Keep your head down, act like you belong, and don’t draw attention to yourself. Complete your mission and get to the extraction point as quickly as possible.
The last place you want to be is the Food Court. That’s where they really get you. Everything is pricey, and once you’ve decided to eat, you tend to want to make a day of it, or at least walk off your meal.
Use the bathroom before you leave for the mall. I’m not advising this because mall bathrooms are gross, but because two women were recently stabbed in the bathroom at the Bangor Mall.
So, if you use a mall bathroom, you might end up leaving behind more bodily fluid than you intended. Hold it if you have to, Modern Philosophers.
Get there when it opens. Arriving when the doors open is smart for many reasons. You won’t have to deal with crowds, the best merchandise is still available, and the salespeople are more likely to be available and have not yet gone into “annoying sales mode” where they try to keep you from leaving until you buy everything in the place.
When you get there early, the pests with the spray bottles aren’t out yet to spritz you with foul smelling fragrances as you try to pass without being noticed.
Don’t be afraid to walk out. If you can’t find what you want after you try the Alpha and Bravo locations, you need to leave. It will be tempting to go from store to store until you find that item on your list, but that was not in the battle plan. Deviating from the plan of attack in anyway decreases your chance of survival.
Mall prisons are filled with ambitious shoppers who thought “just one more store” would solve all their problems. Now their family members cry themselves to sleep at night and wonder why those shoppers never returned from the mall.
You need to remind yourself that a world exists outside of the mall, and you are expected back there shortly.
Check your smartphone every fifteen means to maintain contact with the real world. Carry on a phone conversation with someone you know and trust and are certain is outside of the borders of the mall. Constantly update your Facebook status and Tweet about your whereabouts so search parties can be sent for you if you vanish.
Park near an exit. Remember, your visit to the mall is not over until you have left the property and arrived at a location that is governed by a non-mall authority.
Just because you are out of the building, doesn’t mean you’re safe. You want to get to your vehicle ASAP and get the hell out of there.
NEVER take public transportation to the mall. Buses drop off shoppers all the time, but they never seem to take anyone out of the mall…
How can you trust anyone who thinks the mall is cool? Those punks are nothing but trouble, and I heard a couple of them beat up the Easter Bunny.
Never go to the mall on a date. If you would even consider going to the mall on a date, then you are a lost cause. I weep for you and will remember you in my prayers.
If you follow the advice I just shared with you, then you should always come home from the mall safe and sound. Of course, the best way to survive a trip to the mall is by never going at all…