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Holiday Shopping Rules!

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The holiday season brings out the best in humanity, doesn’t it? Customer service is always at its peak the week before Christmas. And people are always so courteous, cheerful and thoughtful this time of the year. Look no further than the line at any local Post Office or the parking lot of the closest mall… yeah right. And who’s spiking your eggnog?

LAist has heard first-hand horror stories from friends and family about how they survived – with shrapnel and scars to boot – the latest adventure to the mall. One person told us it took her one hour to find a parking spot at The Grove/Farmer’s Market last Saturday afternoon. While most of us would have given up after 15 minutes, she had to press on, because her father was already waiting for her inside. We’ve also witnessed shouting matches that have gotten so very creative with George Carlin’s seven words. And we can’t forget the incidents of “lot” rage over the more-precious-than-gold parking spot.

But we’re here to help you navigate the shopping stress. LAist offers a few reminders – common sense as they may be – for those braving Glendale, The Grove, Third Street, Century City or countless other malls during these last few days before Christmas.

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5. Morning bird gets the worm. We know that it’s painful to get up at dawn’s crack during the winter, but remember that to avoid the critical masses, you have to get your asses out of bed and beat them to your shopping venue of choice.