People emptying store shelves - What to do?


In the coronavirus pandemic there are hoarders on the one side,,,and then you have the greedy who just buy to fleece the public...

Empty shelves are seen in a store on March 13  in New York City. (Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)
Empty store shelves in New York city
We were in Walmart recently shopping for the deals we usually buy there, when my wife decided to look for toilet paper, just in case. The shelf where it should have been was completely empty. Bare. A store employee standing close by remarked, 'Nothing, nada, we've had a run on toilet paper. One guy bought a whole pallet and said he planned to sell it on E-Bay.' We asked when they restock and he replied with the day and added 'You'd better get here early.'

And then my wife was in Costco and was told by a store employee that they were rationing products that were scarce, because the, shall we call them 'eager' buyers had emptied some locations of select merchandise. Now that's an idea, do what the alarmed public is never able to do, reasonably limit ourselves. The same thing happens in hurricanes, tornadoes. So now my family has decided to shop for two weeks when we would normally shop for one. If there's a massive run on goods that can only result in a dangerous panic.

But there is another problem in addition to shortages of food and essential items. Here's a report from the Washington Post...
"The companies that feed America and provide basic staples are bracing for labor shortages as the novel coronavirus pandemic intensifies, which could leave them without enough workers to manufacture, deliver and unpack groceries in stores in the coming months."
Good video on hoarding pros and cons... 


Industry officials say...
"there is generally enough nonperishable food on shelves, in warehouses and on the production line to last several months, but the challenge could soon be getting that food to the right places once local distribution centers are wiped out." 
Due to profitability, which has prompted "slimming down on inventory instead of stockpiling backrooms," there is concern if factories don't produce and ports don't have the manpower to move products through the system. The entire country has experienced the tightening of our waists and that includes the workforce. Here's a remark from Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia Business School and the former chief executive of Sears Canada...
“We’ve whittled down the inefficiencies to the point where logical and orderly demand creates logical and orderly resupply. But this is a different situation: This is serial hoarding — and no part of the machine that supplies consumers is geared for this."
Does hoarding indicate some form of mental illness?...
"Compulsive hoarding was commonly considered to be a type of OCD. ... Compulsive hoarding is also considered a feature of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) and may develop along with other mental illnesses, such as dementia and schizophrenia."
A mentally challenged left spews conspiracy theories, a must read...


That isn't true of the guy who bought the pallet of toilet paper at Walmart' he's just greedy. And I'm not sure it is a reasonable study of someone in panic mode when faced by a disease that is affecting the world in a pandemic, causing thousands of deaths. I think it is closer to desperation to make sure your family is adequately taken care of. But desperation can lead to panic, which can result in unnecessary shortages because of a select group.

It's education that's needed, and so far that is not forthcoming from the Trump administration or his staff. Those you can depend on are Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has been with the National Institutes of Health for more than 50 years.

The Oval Office lunatic spends all his time boasting what a great job he is doing and repeatedly saying "it'll go away." And the minions that work for Trump aren't bright enough nor have the strength to stand up to him so the propaganda continues to flow. Here's the scenario...
"There are already signs of far-reaching shortages: Shelves of hand sanitizer and disinfecting sprays have remained empty for weeks across the country. Amazon is largely sold out of toilet paper, with shipments that were due to be delivered earlier this week delayed indefinitely. Costco’s website, meanwhile, is out of peanut butter and canned tomatoes, and has removed its online listing for Kirkland brand baby wipes."
One has to assume that much of the panic is caused by the "Idiot" running the show and his number two flunky, Mike Pence, put in charge of things. Because Trump himself is complete confused over the issue, the American public is befuddled and dazed, completely bewildered over what to do. And these same people can't seem to come to grips with the fact that nothing will get better until we get rid of Donald Trump. Keep this in mind when you vote in November.

  

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