The mad rush for holiday shopping is in full swing as Bay Area customers took advantage of many stores offering 24-hour shopping Monday.
Retail chains like Macy’s, Kohl’s and Toys “R” Us opened over the weekend and will stay open round-the-clock until Christmas Eve.
KTVU caught up with shoppers in Pleasant Hill as they searched for last minute gifts on their list.
“Oh it’s crazy right now,” Tobie Matsutani, a shopper, said. “The lines are all the way down the aisles.”
Toys “R” Us stores opened their doors at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, starting what will be 87 hours of straight sales when they close at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Through all the chaos, Martinez resident Tami Cain said she found the good in people. A stranger in line offered to pay for three bikes for her children, but Cain declined.
“There are not a lot of people like that anymore - that will see somebody maybe suffering or not have enough and be willing to help,” Cain said. “It was very touching, very humbling and very sweet of that lady and it renewed my spirit in mankind.”
While some like the idea of marathon shopping, others said they feel for the employees who are working in the store.
“Where’s the Christmas spirit,” Lisa Combs asked. “All of these people need to be with their families too. A lot of people do need the money, but I really feel bad for the people in there that are working.”
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