Today’s Experience in the Supermarket

Getting up early wasn’t a problem as we had another bad night with Maggie and got about 3 hours sleep. We’re not sure if it was something she ate or something she sniffed, but poorly she was and I was cooking her some rice at 3am.
She slept from 3.30 to 5 and from 5.25 to 6.50 so had some rest and although subdued, seems better this morning though obviously we are having a very quiet day.

So, the morning battlefield.
I had not been looking forward to this morning, but we’d decided to shop once a week to replace what we’d used the previous 7 days in order to keep on top of things.
The plan was to leave here at 10 to 8 ready for 8 o’clock opening, but seeing a lot of cars leaving the estate at 7am, I rang next door and asked if she was ready for an earlier start.
We left at 25 past 7 and I got a lovely parking space right by the door at half past.

The car park was more or less empty and there were four people in front of us. Spirits were good and we were laughing and joking about not wanting toilet rolls, promising not to run anyone over in the stampede, and discussing the latest local news and events.

At a quarter to 8, the car park started to fill, but not excessively so, which was comforting. The lassie behind me in the queue was a young Mum who had been trying to get milk and bread for the last four days. The queue behind us was building though, and by 5 to 8, it had snaked out of the car park and down the road to the community centre.
The doors opened at 8 and people tried to push in front, so we closed ranks with our trolleys and told them to get in line with everyone else.
It was an orderly and jovial entrance, but once inside, things soon deteriorated. It was those in the 25 to 40 age bracket that were loading their trolleys with whatever they could find, so my neighbour and I just went for it, and I didn’t care if I was going the wrong way to everyone else to get to the shelves stocking what I wanted. I was not rude or frantic.
Apart from tinned rice pudding, lasagna sheets and toilet cleaner, I got everything on my list. There were limits of 4 cartons of UHT milk and 2 antibacterial handwash per customer, but other than that, I saw no others. Plenty of bread, fresh fruit and veg and dairy products, so I got some more cheese and ingredients for a cheesecake and thought Sod the diet.
No toilet rolls, toilet cleaner, tinned meals or tinned veg like peas, carrots and mixed veg, but plenty of tomatoes, beans and red kidney beans.  Loads of jars of pasta sauce.
All checkouts were operational and queues were forming at every one. Our cashier was chatty and quick, he started his shift at 5am and wouldn’t finish until 3.
In all, we were in and out of the shop within half an hour, both of us with enough to tide us over for a week. Getting in and out of the car park was now like Le Mans as people had made their own parking spaces in throughfares in their desperation to get inside.
Honestly, if everyone stopped and thought for just a minute about buying what they need and not hoarding, there is plenty to go round and the supermarkets would have enough to keep up with demand.

We are now working on next week’s list as this one progresses and hopefully should be OK.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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32 Responses to Today’s Experience in the Supermarket

  1. Sadje says:

    Shopping has turned into adventure these days. We are ordering in the grocery. They leave it at the door so no contact.

    • Most of our supermarkets have an on-line ordering service, but stocks are depleted and customer aren’t getting their full orders. Also some are not taking on new customers anyway. We are lucky in that we both drive, so one of us can go shopping.

  2. Paula Light says:

    Good work. I hear things will be fine as far as staples here, just may not have all the imported treats. Not that I buy those!

    • I see it as an added incentive to keep to the diet (future cheesecake will be a nice distraction and have already offered half to my neighbour to reduce risk and calories!)

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    It is the people who are panic shopping who are creating the problem but theybare incapable of understanding that. They need to take a pill and calm down. I ordered some things online today and can’t get delivery until Saturday. Thankfully, like you, I am thinking ahead and not waiting until I am out of everything.

  4. I went yesterday as well. The store had signs all over about not purchasing more than one needed, which reminded me to not over-buy. I’m no hoarder, but have *always* purchased ahead (we have five boys, after all).

    Once I arrived back home and viewed our “ahead,” I felt an overwhelming gratitude for what we had.

  5. I am glad to know you are managing, Di. Glad you managed to get what you needed.

    • I noticed that the ‘sensible’ shopper, those taking a supply of basic items, taking their time and not running round like headless chickens were 60 plus. I was quite happily singing to myself and pleased I got the kidney beans, tinned tomatoes, cream, soft cheese and digestives as it meant the 2 day chili as on (we have rice) and I could make my cheesecake! The hoarders were 25 to 40 and were buying without thought (well, to me anyway)

  6. I experienced something similar when I went to the store this morning. I’ll post about it presently. I’m glad you were able to get things you needed and there were no violence outbreaks or anything. All we can do is stay calm and keep breathing in and out I guess. Take care and keep us all updated on Ms. Maggie. 2020 is shaping up to be a really BAD year and I hope no more awful news transpires!

  7. willowdot21 says:

    I really can’t get my head round this, there are no shortages of anything. The supermarkets just can’t get the stock from their hubs to the stores, unpacked and on to the shelves as quick as idiots are taking it out !

  8. murisopsis says:

    I guess I’m lucky. My grocery has not had the mad rush of some of the others – however there is no TP or hand sanitizer to be had. But that doesn’t bother me – I have plenty of bar soap and water and a few rolls in reserve…

    • People have just gone mad here and in other local towns. Hopefully it will settle down a little soon, but for now we are ticking over and keeping on top of it. Keep safe.

  9. lampley826 says:

    I had wait 4 days to get my medicine, pharmacy understaff

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