Scare the people more, cause they're not scared enough already!

United States
March 5, 2012 3:05pm CST
There was a tornado warning while I was at work. The manager made an announcement for everyone to go to the back of the store. Most of the customers went to the back of the store, some were scared, some were not. Some of the employees were supposed to walk around to tell customers to get to the back of the store. One of those employees was telling customers go to the back of the store or else the tornado will suck them out. That scared them even more, and it scared the people who weren't scared.
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@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
5 Mar 12
That would be very scary. I'm surprised that they saidthat to them. That would have made me terrified. It's so sad that the mployee didn't have a better way of handling the situation.
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• United States
6 Mar 12
Yeah, I really don't know what she was thinking. She said that her dad told her that when she was young. I think that could happen but you would need to be close to the door. There weren't any customers up near the check-outs and the doors are probably 5o ft farther than the check-outs.
• United States
6 Mar 12
I'm sure that it could happen. But to tell the customers that could have caused problems. People paniced about stuff. So it's a good thing no one paniced. I'm glad that no one was hurt. It's sad all that has been happening with tornado's.
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@dragon54u (31187)
• United States
5 Mar 12
People often don't know what to say or how to be diplomatic when they are in an emergency situation. The employee was probably using the words that they thought would get those customers to MOVE! Some people are like cattle, they just stand there and assume everything will be alright--those are the ones you have to scare for their own good. But a more experienced person might have said "A tornado has touched down and for your own safety we're asking you to move to the back of the store." But I don't know if I would have thought of that. It's easy to be an armchair critic once the crisis is past.
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• United States
5 Mar 12
I think you are exactly right to tell them "A tornado has touched down and for your own saftey we're asking you to move to the back of the store." That would motivate them to move and it would scare them
• United States
5 Mar 12
I meant it *wouldn't scare them. :)
@KrauseHome (32392)
• United States
8 Mar 12
Personally to me, this was a little overboard and should never have been said. Yes, tornado's are nothing to be reckoned with, and not a Fun thing to have to experience but should you not try to keep everyone calm in case of one? I know if it was me, I would feel a little irritated and wonder why they cannot be more calm in explaining theirself instead of trying to scare everyone a little more.
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• United States
8 Mar 12
LOL! That's exactly what I thought! We should try to keep everyone calm. People around here know what tornadoes are capable of and they know what the drill is. But it's up to the employees to calmly tell them where to go in the store, not to scare them even more!
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
7 Mar 12
Yeah that's not going to cause people to freak out and cause the potential for more problems. Then again, it doesn't really matter where you go or what you do during a tornado to begin with. A force of nature is going to take down any force really made of man. All of those safety tips....yeah they'll make you absolutely going to make you a bit more safe, but it is rather not going to be the most foolproof thing at all. But then again, there are many ways to warn people of the danger, without freaking them out. Because there are going to be people who are going to freak out anyway even when they get past the tornado watch stage. Of course, if the customers want to take their chances, then that is their own head. There are just going to be many times where people take disasters either too likely or they panic beyond all belief, which can be just as dangerous.
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• United States
8 Mar 12
I agree, there are many ways to warn people without freaking them out. Tornadoes are very unpredictable, they can jump and hit and miss areas or they just sweep through and destroy everything in it's path.
6 Mar 12
yeah people should pay heed to these warnings very seriously and they ought to be scared because only then will they follow whatever is being said. In emergency, scare becomes the driving force for most of us and we do the required within no time. But many a times people give false information to the police regarding the position of bombs and all which really scares a lot of people and is totally uncalled for.
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• United States
8 Mar 12
Yeah, they do need to act quickly on the warnings. I think most people are good in those situations, but then there are those who panic.
• Philippines
6 Mar 12
I'm just relieved that we don't get tornado problems here too often. I've seen tornado videos and it was awful. All I know is I don't wanna be in that situation when something like that happens.
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• United States
8 Mar 12
I've seen the devastation that tornados leave. It is awful. It's never happened to me, but it's happened to friends of mine.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Mar 12
They did that where I worked at too except we just had employees there..no customers. I work in a factory and there were people so scared they were ready to cry. If that production line stops, it must be serious. They were closing the schools early here too! It was scary. After about 20 minutes they released us back to work. I think I stayed up until midnight. Some places got hit pretty hard but thank goodness it missed us here. At least in this area. I know there are a lot of people out there that are suffering a hit though. My heart goes out to them and how scared they must have been.
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• United States
8 Mar 12
I've never really thought about companies with production lines having to close down. Bad for the business, but they have to look out for their employees. Tornados happen so fast and destroy sooo much! About 15 yrs ago, there was a tornado that hit the ground many times in one area of town. I didn't live in that area. I drove to the area the next day. It destroyed 3 homes and flattened many chain length fences. The weird thing was that it was a hit and miss with the homes. It hit one home, jumped over the next one, then hit another, jumped over the next 2 homes then hit the 3rd home. My heart goes out to the people also.
@picjim (3003)
• India
6 Mar 12
The manager's words must have been alarming and he would have exaggerated a bit.But it is better to be safe than sorry.If there is loss of human lives it is the store who'll receive the blame,hence they took every precaution to transfer the people to a safe part of the store.It would have caused a scare and alarm even among the bold ones,but that alarm was for the common good of all.
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• United States
8 Mar 12
Yes, it was for the good of all.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
5 Mar 12
Oh that would be awful, I guess in a way some people would need a bit of a scare tactic to make them move but that would be scary.
• United States
6 Mar 12
Just knowing there's a tornado would be a good scare tactic in itself. I think she wasn't handling the situation very well.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
I think there are certain situations that we need to use fear to make people do things. Some people would listen if they are made aware of the gravity of a situation. Sometimes just telling them just won't cut. You need to come up with something that would motivate them to act. And fear is really one of the powerful motivators there is.
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• United States
6 Mar 12
In some places you might have to do that, but in this store the customers usually rely on the management and employees to tell them where to go to be safe. Fear can be a good tool, if it's done right. But I don't think it's good to tell someone they will get 'sucked out' of the building. LOL