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Last-minute shoppers hit Central Florida stores

Last-minute shoppers hit Central Florida stores

Brandon McGee needed a gift for his girlfriend on Christmas Eve and because he's only 15, he also had to have a ride to the Altamonte Mall. "I had to get my dad and brother here somehow, so I just bought tickets to see "The Hobbit," said McGee of Altamonte Springs. His plan worked. McGee and family were just a few of the thousands of people who packed malls Wednesday, shopping centers and big-box stores looking to finish their last-minute holiday shopping on Christmas Eve. While the busiest days of the shopping season have passed, many people are still desperate to fill stockings and find the perfect gift that eluded them in the past few weeks. At Altamonte Mall,...