EDITORIAL COMMENT: No need to panic buy

EDITORIAL COMMENT: No need to panic buy

EDITORIAL COMMENT: No need to panic buy

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MOST people have done an extraordinary job in battling against the extreme weather conditions of the last week.

We’ve had plenty of tales of courage and people going out of their way to help others.

As we’ve said before, it’s highlighted a real sense of community spirit.

But we’re left baffled by the panic buying that has gone on over the weekend.

We’re well aware that people feel the need to stock up should - and it is only a should - they become trapped in their homes.

The likelihood of that happening is pretty slim.

Despite the lack of grit now being experienced across the country, the majority of roads have been flowing well.

But we’ve had reports at the weekend of people buying far too much bread and all the milk they can carry.

Some shops have told us they have run out of potatoes.

There really is no need to panic buy.

The weather forecast may not be good but what is wrong with simply stocking up on your usual items to see you through the week?

Our message is simple - shop as normal and avoid the need to think that we are heading for some sort of situation where the country grinds to a halt.

After all, there are plenty of other parts of the world that have far worse weather than us and they seem to cope perfectly well.

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11:45am Mon 11 Jan 10

Gareth says...

You are all naughty, naughty children. Now GO TO YOUR ROOM.
You are all naughty, naughty children. Now GO TO YOUR ROOM. Gareth
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1:15pm Mon 11 Jan 10

PontyPeter says...

The word is not "naughty"; it's "stupid", "thoughtless", and "selfish".
Add to that "unnecessary".
The word is not "naughty"; it's "stupid", "thoughtless", and "selfish". Add to that "unnecessary". PontyPeter
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1:37pm Mon 11 Jan 10

Gareth says...

absolutely there is no need for most people the stock up (calling it panic buying merely worries more people into doing exactly the same). but if people want to do so, let them.

why should anyone have a say in what someone else does with their money?

The roads are open, so stocks are getting into the supermarkets. We have a couple of corner shops running short of stock, but all they have to do is order more for tomorrow. ...and the idea of a small shop owner selling out of stock is surely good news to them during these financially turbulent times, not bad news!

I'm a little confused as to what the issue actually is.
absolutely there is no need for most people the stock up (calling it panic buying merely worries more people into doing exactly the same). but if people want to do so, let them. why should anyone have a say in what someone else does with their money? The roads are open, so stocks are getting into the supermarkets. We have a couple of corner shops running short of stock, but all they have to do is order more for tomorrow. ...and the idea of a small shop owner selling out of stock is surely good news to them during these financially turbulent times, not bad news! I'm a little confused as to what the issue actually is. Gareth
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1:39pm Mon 11 Jan 10

jilted john says...

to much bread 1 woman was allowed to buy 36 loaves of bread from asda .
i seen 3 groups of asian woman buying trollies full of large box of washing powder then going to separate tills .
god knows why they need so much .
all the salt in tesco and asda's had sold out .
bloody stupid . items should be limited i only wanted 1 loaf of bread and thats all i bought .
to much bread 1 woman was allowed to buy 36 loaves of bread from asda . i seen 3 groups of asian woman buying trollies full of large box of washing powder then going to separate tills . god knows why they need so much . all the salt in tesco and asda's had sold out . bloody stupid . items should be limited i only wanted 1 loaf of bread and thats all i bought . jilted john
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1:48pm Mon 11 Jan 10

Gareth says...

i can imagine why salt is hard to get - as we all want to be able to move our cars off the drive.

but yeah, i'm a little confused as to why the average person wants to stock up so much. There were some people buying a load of bread in morrisons, but the man just restocked the shelf.
i can imagine why salt is hard to get - as we all want to be able to move our cars off the drive. but yeah, i'm a little confused as to why the average person wants to stock up so much. There were some people buying a load of bread in morrisons, but the man just restocked the shelf. Gareth
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2:34pm Mon 11 Jan 10

golfer says...

stock up...most women only cook a 3min micro meal these days....allegdedly
stock up...most women only cook a 3min micro meal these days....allegdedly golfer
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2:38pm Tue 12 Jan 10

melissa-jjb says...

I do my weekly shopping every sunday and was horrified to find this week the shelves had been completly emptied, no veg, potatos, milk, bread the list goes on, i was not out to " panic buy " just to get food to last my family the week. These people need to have some respect for other shoppers, buying 36 loafs of bread is crazy i have to be honest when i could nt even get 1.
I do my weekly shopping every sunday and was horrified to find this week the shelves had been completly emptied, no veg, potatos, milk, bread the list goes on, i was not out to " panic buy " just to get food to last my family the week. These people need to have some respect for other shoppers, buying 36 loafs of bread is crazy i have to be honest when i could nt even get 1. melissa-jjb
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