Last minute shoppers fight Super Saturday's bitter weather

By WEEK Reporter

December 21, 2013 Updated Dec 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Last-minute shoppers had to fight the nasty weather on this last weekend before Christmas. 90% of shoppers have not finished their holiday lists.

Super Saturday's conditions were anything but ideal for last minute shoppers.

"It's awful out here. It's raining and it's starting to freeze one of the 74 ramps was frozen when I got on it," said shopper Drew Parker.

Slush, wind rain, nothing can stop them.

"I can't stop because I need to have presents ready for Christmas," said another shopper, Fabiola Schultz.

"I started early, but I was hoping to shop today before the freezing rain, but it's too late for that. But I"m here, and I'm going to accomplish what I've come to do," said Parker.

Parker's goal was to get a present for his wife the weekend before Christmas, and he wasn't alone. Many of the parking lots were packed despite the bitter cold and freezing rain.

Even Target's parking lot was full, even after its infamous security breach. Saturday shoppers enjoyed 10% off and more.

"Last night I received an email from Target's CEO saying that if my credit card was breached they would pay for a whole year, so i think it's a fair deal," said target customer Bill Keltner.

Keltner was shopping for a toy train for his daughter. Unlike many of the shoppers that day, Kelter was a procrastinator by choice.

"It's family tradition," said Keltner. "One of my favorite memories growing up was Christmas Eve with my dad. He'd be pulling his hair out every year say he'd never procrastinate again, but we always did so it's been a tradition."

Even if he doesn't find what he's looking for, he's not worried.

"I'll find something else. When you last minute shop like this you just got to roll with it," said Keltner.

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