Manchester is far too busy today

Animated Boxing Day
@Asylum (48224)
Manchester, England
December 26, 2015 10:16am CST
I took a quick trip into Manchester city centre as usual today, but could not believe how busy it was. Today is definitely far busier than any of the shopping days running up towards Christmas were. I knew that Boxing Day was traditionally the start of the sales, but certainly did not expect so many people to venture out today. After alighting the Metrolink tram at Exchange Square I cro9ssed the road and entered the Arndale centre. The street outside was busy enough, but inside it was difficult to even walk due to the vast hoards of people wandering aimlessly around. Surprisingly Greggs bakery was not too busy, so I simply bought a coffee and headed back to the Metrolink station and returned home. No doubt I will be stupid enough to make the same mistake again next year.
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@TheHorse (72435)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Dec 15
I hope Lowe's is not TOO busy. I only need one thing.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
Whatever you do, do not come to Manchester for it. Getting through the crowds would take longer than the flight.
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@TheHorse (72435)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Dec 15
@Asylum Thanks for the heads up. I like flying, but crowds are not my thing.
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• United States
27 Dec 15
@Asylum That is often true of many places.
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@BelleStarr (39670)
• United States
26 Dec 15
There is nothing like a sale or a return to get people out into the stores today. Not me however.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
I soon began to wish that I had not gone either.
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• United States
26 Dec 15
I haven't even given a thought to venturing out today. I'm enjoying the peace & quiet after yesterdays bedlum
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
Sadly everyone in Manchester thought about going out today.
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@amadeo (73344)
• United States
26 Dec 15
Just got back from the ocean and the shopping center was mobbed.Big sales and return of gifts
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
I have never understood why someone would return a gift to the stores.
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@LadyDuck (176700)
• Switzerland
26 Dec 15
Everything is closed here on the Boxing Day, this is one of the most quiet day of the year.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
I expected it to be moderately busy today, but was most definitely wrong.
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
26 Dec 15
I wouldn't venture anywhere near the shops today.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
I regret having done so, but it was not long before I was home again.
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@marlina (78025)
• Canada
26 Dec 15
I don' agree with Boxing Day. It should be closed for everyone.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
It does seem an unnecessary day to begin the annual sales.
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@LoriAMoore (4684)
• United States
26 Dec 15
Don't know if I'm going to venture out today or not. Raining here and just 11 am.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
It was raining, but very lightly so I decided to make the effort. Now I wish that it had been pouring down so that I would have stayed at home.
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@allknowing (69466)
• India
28 Dec 15
That is the next day after Christmas. They must be collecting items for the next year as they say after the event things go cheap.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
29 Dec 15
I do know several people who buy Christmas items such as decorations and cards in January for the following Christmas because they are vastly cheaper at that time.
@allknowing (69466)
• India
29 Dec 15
@Asylum If everyone does that I wonder if this concept will last for long.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
29 Dec 15
@allknowing Only a small percentage of people bother to do that, so it is not likely to change.
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@Inlemay (16982)
• South Africa
27 Dec 15
Now finding a decent bakery in working order would be priceless here. Love how you make your pics move?
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
I simply tell them to move, avatars can be very obliging if you ask them nicely.
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@Inlemay (16982)
• South Africa
27 Dec 15
@Asylum I see you have a very fast writing Robert Louis Stevenson at a desk now - love them
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
@Inlemay Christmas has now passed and I have one for New Year, so I decided to use a temporary one. I was uncertain whether to use the Dickensian character, a Genie or my old Caveman.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Dec 15
I didn't venture out yesterday but I'm sure there were tons of people out as there were a lot of after Christmas sales.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
I was rather undecided myself, but finally chose to go and wished that I had chosen not to.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
2 Jan 16
@Asylum Was it a madhouse? I can only imagine.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
2 Jan 16
@simone10 No, it was just seriously busy and crowded. If it had been a madhouse then I would have felt perfectly at home.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
27 Dec 15
If you don't have to shop on the day after Christmas it is better to stay home and enjoy the peace and quiet. I had to go return something today but other than this I would never of gone shopping. There is a small market by the house and no need to go to the big super store here.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
I would have been better off going to my local shopping precinct instead.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
27 Dec 15
@Asylum Yah but you must of wanted to get out of the house so yuo went there instead.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
@poehere That is precisely what happened.
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• United States
27 Dec 15
Was it really stupid, Barry? People watching would have been pretty easy.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
There were far too many people to even try people watching.
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• United States
27 Dec 15
@Asylum Crowds can be really annoying, especially when they step on us.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
@ElizabethWallace It made progress almost impossible.
• China
27 Dec 15
It must have been a run on doing New Year shopping .I haven't heard of Boxinjg Day before .
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
I would not expect Boxing Day to be known in China, it is an old British tradition that is still celebrated as a holiday.
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27 Dec 15
yes, this is a busy, busy day for retail places
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
It was the busiest day that I have seen this year.
@kevin1877uk (36989)
27 Dec 15
Of course it going to be busy, people have nothing else to do.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
I still believe that they all went into the Arndale centre just to annoy me.
@jstory07 (69933)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Dec 15
I do not like shopping in stores when they are real busy.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
I would have to be in desperate need for something before I would consider doing that.