We all know that toilet paper was the first thing to fly off the shelves during Corona craziness. Whoosh…literally within a day, Australians had become loo paper louts, scratching and kicking people out the way to get stock of that ‘precious’ everyday commodity that is now as rare as diamonds.
Then the same thing happened to hand sanitiser, face masks, tissues and paper towel. Somewhere out there, there are hoarders with houses overflowing with toilet paper and cleaning materials. I hope they get worms!
Supermarkets throughout the country responded by putting tight restrictions on hot property. They introduced limits for in-demand products, they fenced off shelves, added security guards and pleaded for sanity.
And we couldn’t help themselves. Seeing empty shelves sent us into a frenzy of panic….there’ll soon be nothing left.
Woolworths and Coles suspended deliveries and pick up (except for the vulnerable) so those with hungry kids to feed are left with no choice but to brave the kilometre queues and hoards of trolley-ramming, angry shoppers fighting over the last frozen packet of peas.
What Haven’t You Been Able To Get From The Shops?
We asked our Mouths of Mums readers what things they haven’t been able to get from the shops. Some of the answers were quite bizarre.
There was, of course, the usual suspects – bread, flour, pasta and sugar.
But now chicken and mince are added to the list of shortages – jeez everyone, how big are your freezers? Mums did share that they managed to get some meat from their local butcher, so maybe this is the way to go.
Then, of course, there’s also a scary lack of any kind of paracetamol for both adults and children (probably due to the rumour that Ibruprofen wasn’t that great for Coronavirus – not true though!).
One mum said she’d been trying to get Dymadon for over a week now. We managed to get a Chemist’s Own generic brand from our local pharmacy. But any kind of kids’ paracetamol is now behind the counter so you’ll have to go in and ask for it.
Crackers, cereal, potatoes and frozen veggies are in short supply, as is rice, vinegar, eggs and long-life and fresh milk.
The tinned food aisles are looking measly with tinned tomatoes being the most hard to come by.
One mum was shocked that she couldn’t even get almond spread – she said this had never been out of stock before.
Toothpaste, asthma medication and sanitary products are also difficult to get.
And many mums are losing it over the shortage of COFFEE, for goodness sake!
And What About Pets
One of the more strange shortages out there is fish food(!), cat and dog food and kitty litter.
There’s Always Wine
The saving grace for many mums though was that there was still plenty of wine available…and one mum gleefully shared that she was able to get her hands on triple cream brie…pshew!
But some of the best answers we got when we asked mums what they couldn’t get from the shops were…
Common sense, brains, compassion and a smile from anyone…
What items have you been struggling to get from the shops during this Corona craziness? Tell us in the comments below.