With an estimated 140 million Americans predicted to shop this weekend, retailers are bolstering security, deploying Segway patrols and putting on live music to distract shoppers and avoid the deal-hunting scrums that can foster Black Friday tramplings. Malls are beefing up patrols with off-duty cops. Chains including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) are using quota systems for popular doorbusters from iPads to jewelry. In recent years, Wal-Mart worked with crowd management experts and devised plans to address how shoppers flow through and out of its stores. This year, Wal-Mart will distribute wristbands for its special events on Thanksgiving Day. Walmart is hoping to coordinate the Walmart wristband roll-out with their earlier release of their popular Lindsey Lohan ankle bracelet monitor collection.
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