What ht heck is the connection between toilet paper paper towels and the Coronavirus? My daughter just returned from the weekly grocery shopping at HEB (tx) and told me that she couldn't get any of either. I seems the "idiots" are grabbing it off the shelves as fast as the clerks can put it up. The only thing is that there have not been any reports of infections here in Killeen, Tx. Go figure!!!!!
I'm not allowed to drive the train or even ring the bell, but let the engine jump the track and see who catches hell.
The thing is, when a few people start, almost everybody is going to do it. Not all people are doing this in crazy amounts, but a lot of people feel the need to pick up an extra pack. If everybody does this, you double the sold amount. No store can handle that, with empty shelfs is the result.
A lot of people probably feel toiletpaper is essential. Right from the start we were confronted with people hoarding toiletpaper. You can guess the effect that has on people.
In my country the stores have trouble restocking everything. There is enough of everything, but getting it into the shelves is another thing. People need to stop panic buying, but it is hard. People are genuinely afraid and this is a reaction to it. We did not really stockpile, but we have three kids and we made sure we could last for two weeks without going shopping.
Still going on here in Saskatchewan, Canada, too. Just came back from a trip to the grocery store (first time in over two weeks) and, although there were few packages of TP still on the shelf, most of it was gone. There was a big sign posted that only one package would be sold at a time to each customer. We're a smaller community, too, so leaving the store than coming back in would not work very well out here.
I noticed other things, like paper towels, pasta (macaroni and spaghetti), eggs, sugar, flour, potatoes, frozen french fries (aka chips), and fresh meats were either sold out or almost all gone. Lots of packages bacon and deli meats, though.
Thankfully, my wife and I have been prepared for something like this for many years. So, our larder is pretty well stocked up. We also have a healthy flock of chickens, so we're okay for eggs. So, the trip to the grocery store wasn't too bad for us as we just topped up on a few things that weren't in such demand.
But, it is really silly for these shortages right now. According to the manufacturers, there's plenty of stock in the warehouses, it's just a bit of a logistics nightmare to get them to the shops. If people would just calm down, it wouldn't be so bad.
I've recently read an opinion piece, from a local news writer, and he's forecasting that, as this pandemic drags on, the next thing you'll see a run on is seeds (for garden planting). As we are just entering our growing season, people may soon see a shortage of fresh vegetables (like we're seeing for potatoes right now). And when that happens, people are going to scrambling to put in gardens to grow their own food.
In the U.S.A., I've read that there a shortage of baby chicks, as people are panicking over fresh eggs. It's nuts! People may not realize that, depending on the breed of bird, the chickens won't be laying eggs for at least 6 months after hatching. And, even the best breeds don't lay more than 4 or 5 eggs a week in peak conditions.
Last Edit: Mar 31, 2020 14:54:58 GMT by virtualsky:
In Toronto, Canada is just a game of hit and miss on certain items. TP being one. But I am fully stocked. All good in the end.
Yeah, being the kind of person that keeps a full pantry of groceries, even in the good times, is certainly paying off now. When I was a kid, my mother always kept the bathroom cupboard stocked with paper and other toiletries. It's just something we did and still do. Unfortunately, it's not something most people do these days.