Gone shopping in the last few days? Fun, wasn’t it?
Here in Western New York, we know to keep our pantries well stocked in the event of winter storms and power outages.
But I have never seen panic shopping like I’ve seen recently. Store shelves are wiped out of pretty much EVERYTHING. I saw this posted on Facebook:
“I swear I was not panicking before today. But I ventured into the world today to pick up a few groceries to make dinner. There was absolute mass chaos, people buying 15-20 gallons of milk at a time!!! The milk ran completely out, people were getting mad. There is no milk, no bottled water, no butter, no bread, the canned good and pasta aisles were COMPLETELY sold out, the toilet paper and paper towels were completely wiped out too. It wasn’t until I fully looked around me, saw people with MULTIPLE carts filled to the brim frantically piling the last of the food left in the entire store in their cart. It was then I realized I couldn’t buy the basic foods I was planning to get for dinner. So I’m ashamed to say, my heart started racing realizing this ENTIRE store was being ransacked and shelfs were going completely bare and I think it’s safe to say I’m starting to panic a bit. What about the elderly that can only go out once a week? What about the people that don’t have vehicles to run out before everything’s gone? What about the people that live pay check to pay check that don’t have enough money to stock up months in advance?? Its not the Corona Virus that’s making me panic, its watching people lose their damn minds that’s making me panic!!!”
The poster added:
“Like what are you gonna do with 20 milks??? they will probably expire by the time they’d get used…and then the milk ran out by the time a family of 8 came in and could have really used a few gallons.”
And that pretty much says it all. It’s not so much that people are afraid of Covid-19 or quarantine – after, most people manage to keep a couple of weeks worth of supplies in their houses. I think people are more afraid that when they need something from the store, there won’t be anything left – so let’s stock up now!
I admit that I also felt some panic and stocked up on certain items (like toilet paper – hey, I have colitis!), but I didn’t hoard. Between hubby and me we have plenty to get us through whatever is likely to happen in the next couple of months. However, we have a small house and there’s limited storage area so we couldn’t go totally nuts.
Although I did have to laugh when hubby called me from the store to say he had a nice supply of flour and other baking items. Those of you who bake will appreciate my amusement when he said he had FOUR cans of baking powder. (I told him to put three of them back.)
While he was shopping, it occurred to me that I’ve always wanted a small freezer, so I went online to check out prices. Everywhere I looked, the smaller chest freezers were sold out. Guess lots of people had the same idea. That was confirmed when I next stopped in a store and discovered that the ENTIRE MEAT AISLE had been wiped out, as well as the ENTIRE FROZEN VEGETABLES AISLE.
Today, at least one store is limiting purchases – one family pack of toilet paper, two cans of a particular fruit or veggie, two dozen eggs, etc.
I’d like to think the stores will all restock in the next week or so, but then I remember that this particular panic is nationwide. I’ve heard from friends all across the country who are facing the same empty-store situation.
Is it time to start worrying? Probably not, but just in case, I’ll be fattening up Puppy Cody – I’ve heard dog meat can be quite tasty if prepared properly:
On second thought, I may need Puppy Cody to guard the house against ransackers. You’re safe for now, Puppy Cody.
Meanwhile, I did stock up on the most important item:
Stay safe and healthy, everyone. This, too, shall pass.
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Images of empty store shelves by Tia; other images by Cordelia’s Mom/TeddyRosalieStudio