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Shortages of products in shops and supermarkets? March 29, 2020

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This is a report from the 12th in the Irish Mirror detailing shortages of various products in supermarkets. It describes chaotic scenes as well, and shoppers berating workers in those shops and supermarkets for low and no supplies of products, which is surely the height of illogical thinking.

I’ve been out a couple of times since and noticed that antibacterial wipes are conspicuous by their absence (and given they’re antibacterial they’re not hugely useful – some floor wipes are anti-viral), toilet roll is back, lentils are gone, which is a pity, been enjoying getting back into dahl, and soap… soap. That wasn’t available in ALDI last time I looked in either bar form or dispenser form.

Anyone notice any other products in short or no supply? Or perhaps people have found the opposite with near enough everything there.

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1. Colm B - March 29, 2020

Here in Glasgow so far things ok – yes a few key products are missing sometimes but not permanently. Toilet roll appears and disappears, it’s just luck if you’re there at right time. Same with tins tomatoes and pasta. But dried red lentils – not for love nor money!
Fresh fruit and veg are fine. And loads of Marmite Peanut Butter, which me and the wee one love.

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EWI - March 29, 2020

Toilet roll appears and disappears, it’s just luck if you’re there at right time.

Someone posted photos on Twitter a while back of Soviet toilet roll they were brought by visiting guests from the USSR (the guests assumed that toilet roll would be scarce everywhere).

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WorldbyStorm - March 29, 2020

yeah, lentils are my bugbear.

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Dr. Nightdub - March 29, 2020

We’re lucky, there’s an Indian supermarket up in Clondalkin that has more colours of lentils than I ever knew existed.

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2. sonofstan - March 29, 2020

Pasta and coffee are pretty hit and miss at the moment in west Yorkshire.
Beans and lentils not easy in supermarkets, but the local health food shop has plenty – and the greengrocer is much more reliable for veg than Sainsbury’s or the Co-op.

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3. Warren Oates - March 29, 2020

I went shopping last week. I had a list of food items that would last for two weeks. I had a hard time finding things on my list, but that’s because it was the first time I was shopping in this store, and I didn’t know where things were.

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4. roddy - March 29, 2020

I have never been as well fed in my life.At home more and eating more regularly and everything we always ate available in our local supermarket,with the friendly staff even more “jokey” than usual!

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5. alanmyler - March 29, 2020

Vegetables weren’t great in Kells SuperValu on Friday, lots of empty displays and what was left was a bit tired and limp. Otherwise no shortages. We’re doing our shopping in the local shop / garage in the village which has a butcher too, and no issues there so far at least thankfully. We’re running low on decaf teabags though and I don’t think the shop sells those, gulp. Fortunately they have an off licence too, so beer and wine should be ok, once we’ve exhausted the wine rack of course.

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WorldbyStorm - March 29, 2020

Heheh, yeah, the necessities!

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6. polly - March 29, 2020

Hrmm I suspect all of you above are male lefties with short hair. All the nice shampoos and conditioners are gone and not being replaced.

I am going to smell of coaltar for the next while rather than moonbeams or whatever it is I was paying 18 euro a bottle for..

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Dr. Nightdub - March 29, 2020

Similar-but-different problem: I’m long overdue a haircut, so have been studying You-Tube videos on how to give yourself one using just a beard trimmer.

Think today may be the day…

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WorldbyStorm - March 29, 2020

+1 I’m toying with shaving the whole damn lot off – it’s been thinning a lot in recent years and I’m tempted to just have shot of it.

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alanmyler - March 29, 2020

If you open this up to a public vote WBS I’m going to give that a YES, I’d even leaflet for it if I was allowed. You’d look good with a 1 all over.

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EWI - March 30, 2020

That’s a NO from me. We’ve no idea what lives under there

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Dr. Nightdub - March 30, 2020

Update: gave the beard-trimmer an outing this afternoon, her nibs assisted on the back of the head. Verdict: not perfect, but not embarrassed to go outdoors either.

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WorldbyStorm - March 30, 2020

Good to hear. I’m still thinking about it!

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Warren Oates - March 29, 2020

It’s true! I shave my head!

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7. Lancet - March 29, 2020

All of the above plentifully back in stock in central Dublin. Got my lentil and rice fix in the interim from the Asian shop round the corner who had plenty of grocery supplies throughout.

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8. roddy - March 29, 2020

No problem with haircuts either.I’m self sufficient with Mrs Roddy cutting my ever dwindling locks this 20 years!

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Fergal - March 29, 2020

Heard that south of Italy… Naples area… people are trying to loot as a lot of workers in the black economy and their wages have dried up and welfare state in Italy isn’t good for social minima? Carabinieri in streets too… sounds potentially explosive? People with a few bob… leaving extra shopping behind fir this who need it to collect too! If EU wants to exist after this something seriously transformative needs to happen…Anybody know? Our Italian connections? Ben M? Michael Carey?

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Michael Carley - March 29, 2020

According to La Repubblica, there was an attempt to sack a Lidl in Palermo, only stopped by the police, and the intelligence services fear more attempts. It seems there is a Facebook group called “National Revolution” which is calling for “action like in Syria and Spain” from 3 April and the mayor of Palermo is worried the Mafia might instigate violence. Pharmacies have come under “armed attack”. Naples and Potenza are seeing the “spesa sospesa” (like the “caffè sospeso”) where people buy groceries and leave them for anyone to pick up.

https://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2020/03/28/viminale-e-007-avvertono-temiamo-proteste-sociali-scorta08.html

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Fergal - March 30, 2020

Thanks Michael… I meant Carley of course and not Carey! Sorry

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9. Starkadder - March 29, 2020

I was in a supermarket this afternoon. Running low on soap and toilet paper, but enough left to last a shopper through the week.

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10. anarchaeologist - March 29, 2020

Eggs have been in short supply in the local Lidl and there hasn’t been soap for a week or so. Plenty of Franziskaner though. We’d start getting a weekly veg delivery if you didn’t get the bastard offspring of a cauliflower and broccoli the whole time.

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WorldbyStorm - March 29, 2020

Yeah interesting you both mention soap. Given its centrality to fending off the virus you’d think there’d be a fair bit of it stocked.

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Dr. Nightdub - March 30, 2020

Just on the eggs, we were told by our boss in work on Friday there’s an outbreak of bird flu at the moment, completely unrelated to Covid-19 just running in parallel, but it’ll have an impact on the supply chain for eggs.

A quick Google search seems to indicate there may be some factual basis for this, but with everything else that’s been going on, it’s kinda snuck beneath the radar.

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11. sonofstan - March 30, 2020

Went to the Co-op this afternoon, they were letting 20 people into the shop at a time, and there were maybe 4 people ahead of me queuing outside, all observing the 2m distancing. Guy arrives in a car, tries to go in, looks confused, asks woman at head of queue ‘what’s the story?’ is told to queue, jumps into gap, glared out by me and guy behind, then goes ‘fuck this’, goes to cash machine, then leaves…..

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WorldbyStorm - March 30, 2020

There’s always one 😦 WTF does he expect?

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sonofstan - March 30, 2020

There’s a piece in the Guardian today about how some people – the young, members of certain ethnic minority communities – are not getting the message. News junkies like us forget sometimes that not everyone is tuned in.

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