By Joyce Hensley

Staff writer

HERMISTON — If Christmas is the day for giving and receiving, the day after is certainly the day for returning.

Long lines at stores developed the day after Christmas with people carrying gifts to return or exchange.

Despite the long lines, most customers remained in the yuletide spirit even while waiting in line for as long as 20 minutes.

“A lot of folks are returning items, but, it’s going real smooth,” said Shelly Conerd, claims manager for Wal-Mart. “I’ve found customers were in a good mood.”

Janice Speaker, customer service associate, agreed.

“It’s been very busy, but people have been really good this year,” Speaker said. “Even though they were lined up clear past the bathrooms.” (For the full story please see the January 1, 2002 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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