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Stores Empty of Essentials

Yesterday I decided to run across to Walmart Supermarket, it is close to where I work.

I had been hearing rumors that the stores were empty of certain items but had not witnessed it for myself.

As you can see in the clip above, the paper and cleaning supply isles are “bare” not a paper or cleaning supply in sight.

Disposable items decimated as well … perhaps they have heard that we will not have running water.

The meat section … minimal at best, water… gone, all of it. canned foods, shelves empty.

I was a little amazed as this is the first time I am seeing the supermarkets in this state of affairs.

The public is running around in pure panic.

The meat section, nothing there, all of it gone!

How is your corner of the world dealing with the crisis?

37 thoughts on “Stores Empty of Essentials

  1. Hi there.
    All this happened in Milano, Italy, on February 24.
    Then the situation is almost normal.
    The biggest problem is the home delivery of goods, which normally occurred 2-3 days after your order online. Now delivery date is AT LEAST 2 weeks!
    Unbelievable!

    1. Oh my, that is a long time to wait but with the increased number of persons ordering they are overwhelmed.
      My city Dallas is currently implementing rules for social distancing, no large gatherings greater than 50 persons, etc.

      1. I heard from tv that all casinos are being closed. Is that true?
        This means lot of people being fired… I suppose.

        1. Not fired but temporarily out of commission. The collective economies will be hurt massively with this, as patrons will not be supporting these establishments as much as in the past. Many will not be have full paychecks …. that will be a big one. Childcare is also becoming an issue.
          My hospital is also becoming short on PPE’s (Personal Protective Equipment, if not in dire need of medical help, remain at home and quarantine oneself.

        2. In the south, it is true. My son-in-law was a server in a casino and got laid off today.

          1. So sorry to hear of this Ms Renee, this is quite distressing. How are we supposed to pay our bills. I thought/was hoping this would be a temporary respite until this acute season was over. I realized that some persons would not be making a paycheck.
            I also heard something about the government attempting to pass a Bill to have persons paid some sick pay while they had to be out. If anyone can expound on that it would be great.

            1. Just seeing this comment…The casinos have been opened back up. And the food, paper, and cleaning supplies crisis has been relieved a little here.

          2. I’m so sorry…

  2. This is really sad. My friend actually shared a video with two woman fighting at the grocery store. Madness.

    1. Madness indeed, at least share the items.

  3. Hi !
    Where I live , we are already isolated somewhat from the rest of the world – we are at the edge of North America. Nevertheless, people are panicking here too.
    Everyone at the clinic is talking about “the virus”.
    Our schools are closed, and ferries are not bringing any passengers to our island.
    I haven’t been to the grocery store in a while , but expect to find that people are hoarding, as you describe in your post.
    We have a freezer full of cod fish, from our friends, who are fishermen.
    These fish have been a staple of the NL diet for centuries.
    I am going to be baking bread, another staple of the NL diet. 😊

    1. I like your plan, Dallas is currently implementing mandatory social distancing, closing bars, restaurants, gyms etc and if you are sick or anyone in your household is ill all should stay home, public schools closed indefinitely, and so much more.

  4. I live in one of the states where restaurants have been ordered to shut down except for carryout. I wonder if that is one reason people made a run on the stores yesterday. At our local Kroger, there was no bread and no lunch meat. I had to go to a different store to get that.

    1. Dallas is currently implementing mandatory social distancing, closing bars, restaurants, gyms etc and if you are sick or anyone in your household is ill all should stay home, public schools closed indefinitely, and so much more for the next 15 days. Advising employers to extend and utilize sick time and not require a doctor’s note upon their return.

  5. I have heard about shortages in stores but I have food and veggies here so I have not gone to see. I think we are ok but may need bread and eggs in a couple days. A food shortage is not expected so I don’t get the fuss. Maybe in a few weeks I will get stuff I usually buy for the freezer. By then I hope the panic buying will be done and stock will be 100% as normal.

    1. I hear you. We always have a freezer in the garage, so we have surplus. We can make bread, have. I don’t understand all the panic myself, perhaps I am missing something.

  6. Same in Florida

    1. This is so unexpected, we do not know of these times.
      In Dallas things are changing; Not fired but temporarily out of commission. The collective economies will be hurt massively with this, as patrons will not be supporting these establishments as much as in the past. Many will not be have full paychecks …. that will be a big one. Childcare is also becoming an issue.
      My hospital is also becoming short on PPE’s (Personal Protective Equipment, if not in dire need of medical help, remain at home and quarantine oneself.

      1. Unexpected and indeed putting many in bad situations.

        Reminds of scripture of Jesus’ return like a thief in the night; unexpected and unprepared.

        1. My friend was just saying “only God can help us”.

  7. I am keeping you and all the doctors, nurses, and hospital workers in my prayers, I appreciate everything that is being done to keep us healthy. Also the clerks at the check out counters need prayers after having close encounters with so many people! Blessings.

    1. I know my dear, the front line folks are out there.

  8. Wow, looking empty here as well.

    1. As my friend says, “only God knows how we will end up.

  9. I pray our faith will arise and the power of prayer, trusting Jesus will wipe away this virus. My sister had sent me some pictures too. This shows the level of fear and panic, may God help us.

    1. Yes prayer is all we can do. My friend said to me yesterday “only God can help us now”!

      1. Yes Jesus is the answer

  10. Really grateful to you for opening this place of discussion, Pene. Here in France sounds much like the above. Schools are closed, non-urgent medical and dental appointments are cancelled, many offices are closed. As your friend said, only god (or faith and love, as shared between one another in all close communities, such as here), can save us now.

  11. I really hope it gets contained. The current situation is horrific.

  12. Your Wal-Mart looks a lot like our Wal-Mart in Oklahoma. I simply cannot connect the dots with all that is going on right now BUT I am trusting in the One who can! God bless you, friend!💐

    1. My dear DeborahMarie, that is the only thing we Can do, trust him. We will have to wait and see where this goes. Blessings to you sweet friend.

  13. Wow. This is so shocking. I have been hearing about this. Wow!!.
    I pray for healing. It is becoming more than thought of. Sighs.
    Hope you are good sis?

    1. Good day my sister, hope all is well with you as well. We are all goods and are moving along here, albeit a little warily.

      1. Hi sis. Yes it is. 🤗❤
        Aww. I can imagine 🙂

  14. The same up there in Canada. Last Friday I left work at midnight, and decided to stop at a 24 hour store to get a couple of things. Usually it’s real quiet, NOT. When I got there 20 mins later, the parking lot was completely full. Looked into the store, only to see the entire store full. The cash out line was all the way to the back of the store, with people buying up almost everything. Yeah, didn’t even get out of the car. When hearts don’t trust God for there tomorrow, they will cling to the material, and not His faithfulness! God bless!

    1. Same to you Sir. Stay well.

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