With the COVID-19 pandemic has come to a lot of fear, panic, and, of course, hoarding. No matter how funny toilet paper craze memes are, in real life, the hoarding of basic items is having a really bad effect. Right now, the most vulnerable group to the coronavirus is also the same group that cannot fight in the panic buying craze. All over the world, with toilet paper, pasta, and other items going off the supermarket shelves, many old and disabled people are left without basic goods.
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In Australia, despite multiple warnings that there’s no food shortage, people continue to ravish stores, leaving the employees unable to stock the shelves fast enough to satisfy the growing demand for groceries.
The government is asking for people to be more conscious of others, yet to no avail. “Customers, check yourself before you check out. Don’t lose it over a loo roll,” SDA National Secretary-Treasurer Gerard Dwyer said.
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To help elderly and disabled people stock their pantries, one of the biggest supermarket chains in Australia, Woolworths, decided to takes matters into their own hands. The grocery store chain decided to dedicate an hour each morning to this vulnerable group of people. Most Woolworths supermarkets across the country will open their doors from 7am to 8am only for elderly and/or disabled citizens and those who are caring for them.
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“The move has been prompted by the unprecedented demand in supermarkets over the past week, which has seen many elderly and vulnerable people in the community missing out on vital items they may need when they shop,” Woolworths announced on Monday.
“While we’ll continue to do our very best to restock our stores during this period of unprecedented demand, we know many of our elderly customers have been missing out on essential items when they shop,” managing director Claire Peters said.