The silly season is now frenzied



ROCKHAMPTON woman Christine Connors was relieved her Christmas shopping was now over.

Stockland Rockhampton was a hive of activity yesterday as Ms Connors shopped in preparation for Christmas Day.

"I just can't wait to get out of here because it is so busy,'' she said.

"This is it, I'm not coming back again.''

From the look on fellow shoppers' faces, Ms Connors was not the only one looking forward to leaving the shops behind.

The local mother looked on as customers pushed trolleys full of food and other items as they vied for whatever prod- ucts were left on the shelves.

"I am shopping for stuff for the Christmas Day barbecue,'' she said.

"There's not much left on the shelves.''

Indeed, signs pointed to a busy night for staff as stores geared up for midnight trading.

Hungry last-minute Christmas shoppers had to be quick to get a table in the food court, while airconditioning in some areas was almost non-existent.

Both problems were caused by mass amounts of people flocking to the centre to finish Christmas shopping.

Some things will never change, and the last-minute Christmas frenzy is one of them.



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