I went to Home Depot and Target this evening for some (non Christmas) shopping. Empty parking lots. One cashier open at Home Depot (in addition to the self service checkout counters). I was the only one checking out.
The strip shopping centers were even worse.
If the government is waiting for me to suddenly get struck by a desire for cheap crap to deck the house with in order to stimulate the economy, it better think again. If they think I’m going to be buying a bunch of last minute items, better think again squared.