This dreadful COVID-19 virus will bankrupt a few countries before it's done, let's all hope and pray that it can be overcome sooner rather than later, and that it does not return with a vengeance next winter ! The queues trying to get into into the supermarket car parks this morning were truly horrendous, everyone is over reacting and panic buying anything and everything. If people are not careful they will end up bankrupting themselves ! My neighbour is a taxi driver and has just had the quietest weekend ever, if it stays like this for much longer he will not have enough money to cover his rent. It truly is a nightmare, good luck everyone, we are all going to need it !
Yes CSKBrambles, we went to our local Tescos this morning arriving at about 6.45, we planned this hoping that we could 'social distance' ourselves from other shoppers, but it seems everyone had the same idea!
There were lots of empty shelves, even though the shop had closed its doors overnight (it's usually 24 hours opening) and re-opened at 6 am. We were not panic buying, just picking up some necessary groceries and paracetamol (for my chronic pain). There were lots of people, piling their trolleys with tins of baked beans, spaghetti and the like.
It truly is a worrying time, thinking not so much of whether we will be infected with the virus (although I do hope that we manage to avoid it), but of the long term implications to countries and businesses, what will this world of ours look like when this situation is over?
Stay safe everyone.
Hi WelshCatLady, it is a very sad state of affairs that some people feel the need to resort to shopping irresponsibly, and cause unnecessary inconvenience and shortages for others. I arrived at Waitrose at 8am this morning to pick up my my daily free coffee and a newspaper. The car park was already packed, and cars queueing to get in. It was absolute pandemonium in store, worse than Christmas time, and pretty much everyone were buying much more than they needed. Supermarkets need to restore some control for shoppers, and impose a limit on the number of items per customer. I live in a town of 13,000 people in the south west, and as yet nobody down here has so far tested positive for the virus. Our local Tesco Express are offering to deliver free shopping orders to all residents who are either self isolating, or advised to say at home. I am hopeful that this initiative and others like it, will help stem the tide ! All the best.
Just yesterday I too went shopping early to my local supermarket for a few essential fresh groceries.
Initially finding a parking space in the car park was a problem, then trouble getting a trolley. Approaching self service check out I waited with others in a queue to pay for my dozen items!!
But like many I saw trollies piled high with an array of items.
I feel this is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the Coronavirus and disruption in our country. Stay safe and carry on.
I was not aware of the Iceland initiative and in essence it sounds like a good thing to do, but i am concerned about crowding of those at the highest risk. Let's hope that Iceland take sufficient precautions for our senior citizens not to get too close to each other !
Hi WelshCatLady, just received the email below from The Original Factory Shop, introducing a "Golden Hour" for senior citizens to stock up on essentials first ! I'm sure that there will be a lot more like this.
The reason supermarkets are reluctant to limit buying is because soon, when the steepening curve of the RoI rises due to government incompetence in containing the spread, they will be short staffed and factories, also short staffed, will be delivering part orders only. Supermarkets are making hay while the sun is shining. Soon the clouds will gather and they will be empty-shelved, like in some awful Brad Pitt movie. DO NOT BELIEVE THE COMFORTING RUBBISH YOU GET ON TV, ITS MOSTLY LIES.