Hundreds Wait in Line for Hours for Free Publix Gift Card in Miami

Hundreds of people braved cold temperatures Tuesday morning and got in line early for a chance at a free grocery gift card in Miami.

Police said people started lining up around 9 p.m. on Monday night.

Images from Chopper4 showed a long line of people with very little social distancing.

People stood in line all bundled up, some with their pets, others with their kids. Waiting. Hoping to be one of the 500 people to get their hands on a Publix gift card.

“My coworker picked me up about 3:15 a.m. and we got here around 3:50 a.m.,” said Mabel Miller.

Miller used her only day off work to wait in line.

The coronavirus pandemic has cut her work hours, making it harder to put food on the table.

“I don’t get food stamps. I live off of my paycheck. So when groceries, bills come first, then I buy groceries. Maybe $60 to $70. That’s not enough groceries for me and my mom,” said Miller.

Hundreds of people lined up around Regatta Park near city hall.

The City of Miami handed out 500 Publix gift cards, each worth $250.

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SOURCE: CBS Miami, Brooke Shafer

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