What to do if... You fall in public

Saturday, September 15, 2007 | 3:00 p.m. CDT; updated 11:18 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

“I would dust myself off. At this age, I’m comfortable enough in my own skin that I’m not worried about it. If I were hurt, though, I’d call my husband on my cell phone.”

Vicky Hartwell-Ivins, 52, medical compliance officer

“I would just start doing push-ups.”

Lesley Neikirk, 21, student

“I would just get up and go back to what I was doing. Except I don’t fall in public.”

John Cadlec, The UPS Store

“My recommendation is to always overcompensate. Stumble, roll, get up, look around. Make a triumphant ‘Olympic gymnast’ pose. Then wait for the applause.”

Kelley Robinson, 21, student

“Pick myself up, walk ahead as fast as I can, and act like it wasn’t a big deal.”

Jevons Wang, 19, clerk

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