Shoppers head to Union Square in San Francisco for last-minute giveaways

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Amid giant Christmas trees, festive wreaths and dazzling lights, Union Square was packed with people on Friday night.

Many of them go to stores to pick up last minute items.

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“Well, we had lunch at Neiman Marcus, and we did some last minute shopping at Macy’s. We forgot a few things,” said Mallory McGowan.

Others had already filled out their shopping lists and came out just to see the decorations.
“I have always been coming for many years,” said Jenny Tsang.

Neha Monga came with her family.

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“Last year we weren’t out because the pandemic was really at its peak. But this year is very busy,” Monga said.

But shopping wasn’t the only thing on people’s minds. After the armed robberies that happened here just a few weeks ago, safety was also a consideration.
Law enforcement has been a notable presence outside Union Square stores this holiday season after armed robberies rocked the area several weeks ago.

Their presence has given many buyers we spoke to a sense of security.

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“It’s well lit. Everything has been remodeled. It’s beautiful. Lots of people. Just a great day and evening,” said Bell Burns.

The other issue in mind was COVID.

But despite the omicron threat, many say they won’t let it spoil their holiday spirit.

“All we have to do is be careful, wear a mask and wash our hands all the time,” said Comie Sotio.

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