Shoppers return to malls, stores in Oklahoma City area

State consumers headed back to stores throughout the Oklahoma City metro area Thursday to return Christmas gifts.
BY SARAH LOBBAN Modified: December 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm •  Published: December 27, 2013

If Christmas is the time for giving, then Dec. 26 is the time for returning.

The familiar scene played out in stores across the state Thursday as large retailers such as the SuperTarget in Norman's University North Park receive the lion's share of returns and exchanges.

The holiday cheer built up over the month had not yet faded as customers laughed and joked with one another while they waited in line.

Tara Foutch, of Purcell, was at Target to return a set of stainless steel pans from her husband.

Foutch recently had received a new stove for her kitchen, and the pans would have been the other half of the present.

There was just one problem.

“I've always cooked with Teflon,” Foutch said. “I told my husband, ‘We've been married 33 years, and you get me stainless steel?'”

With the money from the return, she planned to buy not only a new set of pans, but also a pair of boots for her husband.

Target was the only stop for Foutch, but others, like Alexa Rushing, of Norman, were out making return rounds across town.

“It's got to get done somehow,” Rushing said. “My boyfriend and I have already been to the mall, and we're going to Academy next.”

Not everyone saw the return process as a chore.

Cheryl Hunsinger, of Norman, decided to take advantage of the warmer weather and clear roads to make a return and spend some time at the mall.

“I've been cooking and entertaining for days,” Hunsinger said. “And that's fun, but I just needed to get out for a while. I've seen quite a few people doing the same thing today.”

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