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Published: Monday, December 2, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Leftover turkeys

Laid a big turkey egg: Wal-Mart, Macy's and other retailers' plans to lengthen the start of the Christmas shopping season by opening stores on Thanksgiving brought in a record 141 million shoppers over the four-day weekend, but sales actually fell about 3 percent.

The good news for last-minute shoppers is that this probably means the same stores will be open on Christmas.

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Channel surfing the vast cultural wasteland: Among the holiday movies this week is Lifetime's "Christmas in the City," a heartwarming tale of a department store Santa being sacked in favor of hunky male underwear models.

Where do they get this stuff? That's about as likely as Wal-Mart and Macy's making their employees work on Thanksgiving to squeeze a little more cash out of shoppers.

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It's raining Washingtons: A Minnesota man was cited for disorderly conduct after he tossed 1,000 dollar bills from a balcony at the Mall of America as a choir sang, "Let it Snow."

Macy's, Wal-Mart and other major retailers desperate to make up for lost sales, immediately booked choirs and went to the bank for $1 bills.

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