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Last minute shoppers have their reasons

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At the Pascagoula Walmart Monday, the aisles were full of last minute shoppers. So why do they brave the crowds while the buying pressure is at its highest? 

Jona Crowley has her reasons.  "Because my 18-year-old had to have this and Walmart did not have it yesterday, so I've got to make here Christmas and get it today," Crowley explained. 

Other shoppers, like Demarrio Biggs, seem to take the hectic pace in stride. "It's alright really. This is our first time really doing this, but it's alright. It's not as bad as the mall right now," Biggs said. 

For some, like Johnny Brewer, waiting until the final hours is almost like a holiday rite of passage.  "Because I just figured out what I need and what I'm going to get and it's the last minute, so I wait until the last minute," Brewer said.

For every person who waits until the last minute to do their Christmas shopping, the reasons they do it are wide and varied. And no one is immune. Not even elected officials like Pascagoula City Councilman Frank Corder.  

"With schedules and school and plays and church and programs it's just a last minute thing sometimes," Corder said.

Others claim to have a good excuse for procrastinating. At least that's their story and they're sticking to it.

Brian McDonald had his story ready to go.  "I'm trying to get my wife a nice ring for Christmas."

When asked why he didn't get it last week, or last month, McDonald smiled and said, "Because I'm with my wife all the time and it's hard to shop for someone you're always with."

Hard or not, it's a job that has to be done, because Christmas is right around the corner.

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