I stopped by my local No-Frills this morning to pick up a few groceries. Although it was early, the joint was jumping. I suppose a lot of people decided to stock up on supplies after WHO declared the Covid-19 virus to be a pandemic.
Nobody was buying toilet paper today. That’s already been sold out. One guy had about a dozen bottles of V8 in his cart, more V8 than I’ve consumed in my lifetime. People had stacks of canned food, soups, fish and so on, bags of beans and rice and pasta. Some people must think our water supply will somehow become compromised by the virus because several people had filled their carts with 5-gallon containers of water.
Each cashier had 7 or 8 people lined up, most with full carts. It took a really long time to pay and get out. Lots of people are concerned and are preparing to stay holed up for a couple weeks or longer. I didn’t stop at the liquor store, but my guess is they were doing a brisk business too. Strange times.
We keep a fairly fully-stocked pantry at home and we have plenty of toilet paper. For now I’ll just continue to do my regular shopping for fresh foods.
There was a positive side to this morning’s shopping trip – whole chickens were on special, $5-$7 for a chicken. And cantaloupes were $0.88 each.