Huge crowd at Tesco Dudley this morning

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Posted 22nd Mar
so to start with i wasn't there but whats the point in closing businesses and millions of people losing jobs and struggling when idiots are doing this, unbelievable.
3426261.jpgthis is just a close up picture showing about 20% of the people that were there, all inclosed in an underground car park
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Meanwhile I went to Aldi at 2PM, store was quite empty and the shelves were full (minus toilet paper). In fact they actually had more than they usually have.
Mark_Hickman22/03/2020 15:24

Need a system all connected to government site and shops where you have to …Need a system all connected to government site and shops where you have to give i.d and it gets logged and you can only go in a big supermarket once a week and do small shops in the week at your local small shop but it wouldn't work or be possible so fast


Honestly, the chaining up of the trolleys (or limiting them to the elderly at elderly-only hours) is a genius idea.

You can only buy what you can carry or put in a basket.
It was similar to this as I passed the one near me this morning.

There is a way to stop this panic buying ... chain up the trolleys for a week.
So glad to have escaped the West Midlands.
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It was similar to this as I passed the one near me this morning.

There is a way to stop this panic buying ... chain up the trolleys for a week.
Predikuesi22/03/2020 15:20

It was similar to this as I passed the one near me this morning.There is a …It was similar to this as I passed the one near me this morning.There is a way to stop this panic buying ... chain up the trolleys for a week.


Need a system all connected to government site and shops where you have to give i.d and it gets logged and you can only go in a big supermarket once a week and do small shops in the week at your local small shop but it wouldn't work or be possible so fast
Not sure how (un)realistic it is to expect (un)reasonable people to form a (dis)orderly queue whilst maintaining an (un)suitable social distance.
Mark_Hickman22/03/2020 15:24

Need a system all connected to government site and shops where you have to …Need a system all connected to government site and shops where you have to give i.d and it gets logged and you can only go in a big supermarket once a week and do small shops in the week at your local small shop but it wouldn't work or be possible so fast


Honestly, the chaining up of the trolleys (or limiting them to the elderly at elderly-only hours) is a genius idea.

You can only buy what you can carry or put in a basket.
Example: sell one bottle of sanitizer for a £1 if you want 2 its £100 that'll put a stop to it, raise your voice or verbally abuse staff and its taser time, put all your shopping through self service pay then decide to pack it taser time. YW
Apparently the store was meant to open for nhs staff only at that time and loads of others joined the queue
Meanwhile I went to Aldi at 2PM, store was quite empty and the shelves were full (minus toilet paper). In fact they actually had more than they usually have.
plebbygiraffe22/03/2020 15:42

Meanwhile I went to Aldi at 2PM, store was quite empty and the shelves …Meanwhile I went to Aldi at 2PM, store was quite empty and the shelves were full (minus toilet paper). In fact they actually had more than they usually have.


This is what we've been doing. We've managed to get most of what we need without having to watch greedy idiots filling their trollies with food that they'll probably throw away at the use by date.

Ireland has seen panic buying drop over the last week. Time will tell if Britain sees the same. I won't hold my breath.
Mark_Hickman22/03/2020 15:24

Need a system all connected to government site and shops where you have to …Need a system all connected to government site and shops where you have to give i.d and it gets logged and you can only go in a big supermarket once a week and do small shops in the week at your local small shop but it wouldn't work or be possible so fast


If you had said this in January, you may just about get an IT system in July.
So glad to have escaped the West Midlands.
Predikuesi22/03/2020 15:56

This is what we've been doing. We've managed to get most of what we need …This is what we've been doing. We've managed to get most of what we need without having to watch greedy idiots filling their trollies with food that they'll probably throw away at the use by date. Ireland has seen panic buying drop over the last week. Time will tell if Britain sees the same. I won't hold my breath.


I can understand peoples fear and apprehension and an urge to stock up. What we are seeing in supermarkets goes way beyond that. Its down to the Government to impose restrictions/rationing. Its the only way. In Europe people queue quietly 1-2 metres apart. Supermarkets are well stocked. Cant ever see the great British public behaving in such a civilised manner.
Saw pictures on tv news this morning of people queuing up to go skiing in Scotland. Makes you wonder.
johnnyd57uk22/03/2020 16:26

I can understand peoples fear and apprehension and an urge to stock up. …I can understand peoples fear and apprehension and an urge to stock up. What we are seeing in supermarkets goes way beyond that. Its down to the Government to impose restrictions/rationing. Its the only way. In Europe people queue quietly 1-2 metres apart. Supermarkets are well stocked. Cant ever see the great British public behaving in such a civilised manner.


Yet, ironically I can take myself back to the 1980s and even into the 1990s whereby we were renowned for forming orderly queues...and politely observed them.

*Awaits the 'Ok, Boomer comments*
I was in Aldi Scotland 3.30pm and while not fully stocked they had plenty fresh fruit ,veg, milk ,bread chicken mince etc and freezers while not full to the gunnels had enough to keep people happy..

I only wanted a Bloomer and some peppers so I was sorted.

I am highly amused to see the CRAZY Toilet Roll phenomenon has spread across the USA ..... don`t you just love social network

As for the loonies going out and buying extra freezers what the heck are you going to do with them in a few months time.
cicobuff22/03/2020 16:48

Yet, ironically I can take myself back to the 1980s and even into the …Yet, ironically I can take myself back to the 1980s and even into the 1990s whereby we were renowned for forming orderly queues...and politely observed them. *Awaits the 'Ok, Boomer comments*


All right then, not Boomers, from Yuppies.
MadMaxx22/03/2020 16:55

I was in Aldi Scotland 3.30pm and while not fully stocked they had plenty …I was in Aldi Scotland 3.30pm and while not fully stocked they had plenty fresh fruit ,veg, milk ,bread chicken mince etc and freezers while not full to the gunnels had enough to keep people happy..I only wanted a Bloomer and some peppers so I was sorted.I am highly amused to see the CRAZY Toilet Roll phenomenon has spread across the USA ..... don`t you just love social network As for the loonies going out and buying extra freezers what the heck are you going to do with them in a few months time.


Freezers? Come in handy to freeze your corpse whilst waiting for the panic buy/shortage for coffins is over.
As soon as the food hoarding started the government should have placed a ban on the sale of freezers, that would have helped.
All Tesco’s were like this!
Seen loads of posts on Facebook today regarding Tesco. Seems they will kill more people than any shop!
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This is Leeds
jaketheplumber22/03/2020 17:25

As soon as the food hoarding started the government should have placed a …As soon as the food hoarding started the government should have placed a ban on the sale of freezers, that would have helped.


I wouldn't belief this freezer story too much without evidence-based numeric facts . Because the people who said a big jump in sales are too scared to tell reporters the actual numbers sold, or the reporter too scare to quote a number of actual units sold, for example, here bbc.co.uk/new…316

which I quote

"Freezer sales jumped 200% year-on-year last week, and Wednesday was its third highest sales day ever, AO.com said."

The AO man may have known the actual numbers year-on-year. He may have told the BBC reporter. But, the reporter may have been disappointed with the actual number and he rather liked the 200% for explosive effect.

If they sold, say, 1,000 new freezers, with 30 million people buying last week, that's only 0.003% of shoppers with extra freezer capacity. A lot of news clickers would probably not be impressed with 0.003%.
Edited by: "splender" 22nd Mar
Misslovely22/03/2020 17:49

All Tesco’s were like this! Seen loads of posts on Facebook today r …All Tesco’s were like this! Seen loads of posts on Facebook today regarding Tesco. Seems they will kill more people than any shop! [Image] This is Leeds


Absolutely crazy people our death rate is climbing faster than Italian figures were at the same point since their first death.
So i expect in the next 7-14 days we will see it jump from a few hundred to 10-20 thousand.
With people shopping like this it will be huge, think they're clever getting the last chicken etc and won't be around to eat it
splender22/03/2020 16:09

If you had said this in January, you may just about get an IT system in …If you had said this in January, you may just about get an IT system in July.


2023
Mark_Hickman22/03/2020 17:55

Absolutely crazy people our death rate is climbing faster than Italian …Absolutely crazy people our death rate is climbing faster than Italian figures were at the same point since their first death.So i expect in the next 7-14 days we will see it jump from a few hundred to 10-20 thousand.With people shopping like this it will be huge, think they're clever getting the last chicken etc and won't be around to eat it


I have always said that the government's statement in daily conference calls of: "we are 4 weeks behind that of Italy" and now "we are 2 to 3 weeks behind Italy" are fairy land talk. We are two weeks behind Italy.

About you said, "So i expect in the next 7-14 days we will see it jump from a few hundred to 10-20 thousand."

It is 10k this week, around mid-week. we are 20k cases by 30th March.

Addendum
Put this in your diary, have a poke at me if I am far off these dates.
Edited by: "splender" 22nd Mar
same at the Tesco i work at, thought I'd go for a nice quiet shop this morning, found a queue stretching back to the petrol station. I think the offer to let in NHS staff has kinda backfired as people had come from miles and miles away for this early access. I gave up and tried a spar and farm shop, got a few bits but not everything i wanted.
splender22/03/2020 18:06

I have always said that the government's statement in daily conference …I have always said that the government's statement in daily conference calls of: "we are 4 weeks behind that of Italy" and now "we are 2 to 3 weeks behind Italy" are fairy land talk. We are two weeks behind Italy.About you said, "So i expect in the next 7-14 days we will see it jump from a few hundred to 10-20 thousand."It is 10k this week, around mid-week. we are 20k cases by 30th March.AddendumPut this in your diary, have a poke at me if I am far off these dates.


I think your talking about cases, im talking about deaths
captainbeaky22/03/2020 16:39

Saw pictures on tv news this morning of people queuing up to go skiing in …Saw pictures on tv news this morning of people queuing up to go skiing in Scotland. Makes you wonder.



It's barmy, isn't it? They're closing the slopes today, I believe. There are calls to close the snowgates, to prevent "tourist" access to the Highlands, where similar nutjobs are heading in campers (to be promptly turned away, thank god). The number of comments I've seen from people who are convinced they are the exception to it all is scary. "Oh, I am isolating....I only go out to the shops/chemist/for a walk/to take the dog out/to take the car in to the garage/to collect parcels/get a bottle/takeaway etc etc etc." they say. They terrify me. Better bored stiff than...well, just a stiff.
Mark_Hickman22/03/2020 18:11

I think your talking about cases, im talking about deaths


So you did write about deaths!

That's an awfully large number, where did you get this from?
I think it is about 3500 deaths by 5th April (14 days from now), assuming that NHS do not leave them to die in corridors and do have capacity and not overloaded, which I have to say, is too much to expect, so deaths could be nearer 10k.
I shall plot the actual data on daily deaths and have another look at how 10-20k could be reached in 14 days.
Edited by: "splender" 22nd Mar
cicobuff22/03/2020 16:48

Yet, ironically I can take myself back to the 1980s and even into the …Yet, ironically I can take myself back to the 1980s and even into the 1990s whereby we were renowned for forming orderly queues...and politely observed them. *Awaits the 'Ok, Boomer comments*


Your absolutely right. We live in a very different world these days. My personal feeling is that those who flout the new measures should be shot on sight. Its no more than they deserve.
splender22/03/2020 18:42

So you did write about deaths!That's an awfully large number, where did …So you did write about deaths!That's an awfully large number, where did you get this from?I think it is about 3500 deaths by 5th April (14 days from now), assuming that NHS do not leave them to die in corridors and do have capacity and not overloaded, which I have to say, is too much to expect, so deaths could be nearer 10k.I shall plot the actual data on daily deaths and have another look at how 10-20k could be reached in 14 days.


I've probably over calculated quite a bit but looking at the graph below, our death rate is around 3-4days ahead of Italy and they are now having over 800 deaths per day and as the uk have also started to lock down days behind them and looking at the crowds at supermarkets nationwide im just guessing we will have a huge surge in the next 7 days and easily hit 10,000 in the next few weeks
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MadMaxx22/03/2020 16:55

I am highly amused to see the CRAZY Toilet Roll phenomenon has spread …I am highly amused to see the CRAZY Toilet Roll phenomenon has spread across the USA ..... don`t you just love social network


It only really started in earnest here once it hit the news about what they were doing in Australia. And no idea why they went mad, at the time they had next-to-zero cases.

The news has to take some responsibility. Posting imagery of empty shelves will make people panic.
jaketheplumber22/03/2020 17:25

As soon as the food hoarding started the government should have placed a …As soon as the food hoarding started the government should have placed a ban on the sale of freezers, that would have helped.


Who could have foreseen this desperation?
I’d never thought of the removing of trolleys idea, but it’s a cracking plan. Cant bulk buy with a basket.
Well looking at these pictures, this virus aint going anywhere anytime soon.

Government relied on peoples common sense....
Didn't work.. They had too high of expectations.
Time to put the country into control of the police/armed forces.
pinkleponkle22/03/2020 19:07

I’d never thought of the removing of trolleys idea, but it’s a cracking pla …I’d never thought of the removing of trolleys idea, but it’s a cracking plan. Cant bulk buy with a basket.


People will improvise. Bring boxes, their own shopping trollies etc
I went to my local Sainsburys this morning, found everything I needed. They even had toilet roll.
plebbygiraffe22/03/2020 15:42

Meanwhile I went to Aldi at 2PM, store was quite empty and the shelves …Meanwhile I went to Aldi at 2PM, store was quite empty and the shelves were full (minus toilet paper). In fact they actually had more than they usually have.


Similar here.Was in Aldi at around 11am and not too busy at all, and loads of food and even toilet rolls available.
I was expecting it to be a nightmare, but it was great!
Apparently they were queing before 10am though...
MadeDixonsCry22/03/2020 19:03

Who could have foreseen this desperation?


all sociologists, historians, and anyone who had been in panic buy in the past 5 decades as well as reporters who reported Covid -19 before outbreak started in Italy.

Critically, the government leaders, civil servants, lead experts, ministers all knew extensively about panic buy, they were the ones who had to sell us herd immunity which is a variant from herd behaviour/instinct and had to sell us "do not panic".
Edited by: "splender" 22nd Mar
Gollywood22/03/2020 19:22

People will improvise. Bring boxes, their own shopping trollies etc


majority wont
Gollywood22/03/2020 19:22

People will improvise. Bring boxes, their own shopping trollies etc


They can bring boxes, will still only be able to buy what they can physically carry.
Hopefully by the time they invent Covid-20 the hoarders will realise there's plenty of stock for everyone.
It does not matter how many people get the virus in the UK as they don`t appear to be testing much so any official figures are skewed, but rather how many people get critically ill with it at the same time.
Which is why we need to distance ourselves from others so its effect is spread out over a longer period of time allowing hospitals a chance to cope with the onslaught.and give the elderly and people with underlying health issues a fighting chance,
If they are all critical at the same time we don`t have enough ventilators or specialist staff to cope.

Italy I think sadly it was already rife in Lombardy before anyone realised it had arrived and when they could not track down the source only then did it start to dawn on them that it had spread to the rest of the country by which time thousands of holiday makers had flown home to all over the world taking it with them.

I personally think its time the government get a grip people are not listening and going off to wales or wherever for the weekend what the hell are they on they no doubt see most of Europe in lockdown , people hanging out their windows and deserted streets.
Do we breed a special kind of stupid here or what.
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