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Panic buyers lose their coolness: Tesco customers struggle for bargains in the cooling aisle


Social distancing was completely forgotten as shoppers battled for bargains in the cooling aisle as panic buying crashed to new lows.

The extraordinary scenes showed Tesco customers grappling near the shelves where discounted items were displayed at the end of the day.

Despite the fact that grocery stores are allowed to stay open during the UK's second national lockdown, there have been numerous cases of panic buying across the country.

Buyers have also turned to wholesalers like Costco to stock up on the nearly month-long shutdown.

Yesterday a 300 meter long queue was seen in the branch on the lake as families lined up to get inside.

The buyers really wanted to get a deal

A group of shoppers break social distancing rules to compete for a bargain in the discounted section of a Tesco store

Hundreds of lines in front of Costco on the lakefront showed a drone photo yesterday as the lines stretched 1,300 feet in length

Hundreds of queues outside Costco on the lakefront showed a drone photo yesterday as the lines stretched 1,300 feet in length

Tesco's outburst of retail anger – posted online with an unknown location – resulted in frugal shoppers looking for a bargain to push each other out of the way in reduced aisle.

At one point, a man can be seen reaching over the crowd to brush a load of goodies off the top shelf while a number of other shoppers pull a handful of items from the various other shelves.

Twitter users have reported seeing similar scenes. One added: "Last week I had an old lady shoulder me on to get into the reduced area, even though I didn't even stop to look at anything.

"Five minutes later I see her buying expensive bottles of wine."

A second person said, "They do that all the time. They did well before Covid too."

A third user joked, "I don't see anything wrong with this video!"

People were seen worried about being able to buy Christmas presents and a man bought a giant teddy bear from Costco

People were seen worried about being able to buy Christmas presents and a man bought a giant teddy bear from Costco

Others used the wholesaler Costco to stock up on items such as muesli, milkshakes, toilet rolls and kitchen rolls

Others used the wholesaler Costco to stock up on items such as muesli, milkshakes, toilet rolls and kitchen rolls

Rationing begins in Tesco

Supermarkets are rationing goods again as customers panic ahead of Thursday's lockdown.

The Tesco supermarket in Ely, Cambs has limited essential items like toilet paper, flour and eggs as shoppers panic before lockdown begins.

Supermarkets have been telling people not to stockpile items, but shoppers appear to be ignoring and are filling up with non-essential items and cabinet wares, just like they did in March before the first national lockdown.

Today (Mon) shelves in Asda in Cambridge and Tesco in Ely in Cambridgeshire were empty in the aisles.

Home delivery slots are also being booked out as many customers struggle to get slots and complain on Twitter.

Amsilks tweeted: & # 39; It has already started * can't get an online shopping slot at tesco for the next three weeks! Great for everyone * As a teacher, I'll be at work after Thursday just like I've been since the first lockdown! & # 39;

Chris added, "Tesco, we have a delivery saver and a newborn and we can't get a delivery slot for days. * Can you help us anyway?"

Tesco's discounted section has long been popular with thrifty shoppers and often offers a treasure trove of goodies, including discounted meats, cheeses and ready-made meals, as well as a selection of pastries.

It came about the day after supermarkets rationed their products again after hordes of panic buyers appeared in grocery stores across the country today ahead of the UK's second national lockdown on Thursday.

At a Tesco supermarket in Ely, Cambridgeshire, essential items such as toilet paper, flour and eggs were confined.

Supermarkets have urged people not to stockpile items, but shoppers appear to be ignoring this and are buying a large amount of non-essential items and cabinet goods, just like they did in March before the first national lockdown.

The shelves in Asda in Cambridge and Tesco in Ely in Cambridgeshire were empty yesterday.

The home delivery slots are also fully booked with many customers struggling to get slots and complaining on Twitter.

Hundreds of customers had queued to get into stores, including Sainsbury's and wholesaler Costco, before the closure took place on Thursday.

Primark – which has to close under lockdown – also saw queues outside its flagship store on Oxford Street.

A retail clerk on Oxford Street for the Bershka fashion chain told MailOnline: “It was very busy. It was halfway through too, so I don't think it was all due to the suspension.

"But this weekend has been busier."

Meanwhile, employees at a Zara store just a few meters down the street said it had been "much busier" in recent days when the government announcement threw people's Christmas shopping plans into chaos.

Empty toilet roll shelves in Asda, Cambridge on Monday afternoon after shoppers cleared supplies

Empty toilet roll shelves in Asda, Cambridge on Monday afternoon after shoppers cleared supplies

Empty flour racks in Asda in Cambridge on Monday afternoon indicated that some shoppers had panicked

Empty flour racks in Asda, Cambridge on Monday afternoon indicated that some shoppers had panicked

What are the rules for business from Thursday?

Shops that can stay open:

  • Super Market
  • Supermarkets
  • Garden center
  • Retailers offering essential goods and services

Stores to close (including, but not limited to):

  • dress
  • Electronics stores
  • Vehicle showrooms
  • Travel agency
  • Betting shops
  • Auction houses
  • cutter
  • Car washes
  • Tobacco and vape shops

And those who wanted to stay home were dealt a blow when delivery times for the entire month were booked.

It comes after the Covid Quad committee, which made all key strategic decisions during the pandemic, met in the cabinet office on Friday.

They came together for the crunch talks after doomsday predictions by the SAGE committee of government scientific advisors.

Mr Johnson was forced to reveal the new lockdown at a hastily arranged press conference yesterday after plans for the meeting were leaked.

The measures will take effect on Thursday morning at midnight until December 2nd.

They close all but important shops, restaurants, pubs, hairdressers and leisure centers.

The vacation program, which pays workers 80% of their wages, is extended by one month and travel outside the UK is only allowed for “work”.

Mr Johnson said doing so was the only way to avert dire Sage predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter.

He warned that doing so would force doctors to choose between saving Covid patients and those with other illnesses.

He said: “No prime minister in charge can ignore the message of these numbers. We have to be humble towards nature. & # 39;

A UK government spokesman said: "As the Prime Minister said on Saturday, vital stores will remain open so no supplies are required. Our message to everyone is that people should be considerate when shopping.

& # 39; The UK has a resilient food supply chain that has held up well this spring and will do so again.

& # 39; We continue to work closely with the grocery retail and food industry, as we have done throughout the coronavirus pandemic response. They do not report general supply problems. & # 39;

Important points about the COVID lockdown Mark 2

  • People can only leave their home for certain reasons, such as: For example, to do important shopping, exercise and work when they are unable to work from home.
  • Shops that are not absolutely necessary will be closed
  • Restaurants and bars will have to close unless they can provide takeout service.
  • Traveling abroad is only allowed for "essential" reasons such as work. People can still return to the UK from abroad.
  • Leisure centers, gyms, sports venues, hairdressers and beauty salons will have to close, although professional sports will continue.
  • Important companies that cannot work remotely, such as B. the construction industry should continue as before.
  • Places of worship can remain open for private prayers. Funerals are limited to close families only.
  • The vacation program is extended during the blocking period
  • Sports are allowed with no frequency limit, but organized sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – are not allowed.

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