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It started with alcohol and sanitizer. Now it is everything.

As of march 14, 2020 people in NJ and NJ are hoarding everything. Amid a wave of coronavirus panic buying, no product has proven to be more prized than   toilet paper. That the most puzzling part of this idiotic hoarding epidemics:

In Australia, where authorities had stressed that there is no shortage, people have wiped store shelves clean, leading major grocery stores to impose strict limits on TP sales, according to Reuters.

The runs on toilet paper sparked the trending hashtags #toiletpapergate and #toiletpapercrisis.

“We are trying to reassure people that removing all of the lavatory paper from the shelves of supermarkets probably isn’t a proportionate or sensible thing to do at this time,” Australia’s chief medical officer Brendan Murphy told parliament Wednesday.

Consumer psychology experts say the irrational herd mentality is fueled by social media and alarmist news coverage, according to the BBC.

“What you’ve got to remember is that when 50 packs of toilet paper rolls disappear off shelves, you really notice it because they take up so much room,” consumer psychology Prof. Debra Grace of Griffith University told the BBC.

“It’s much more noticeable than, say, 50 cans of baked beans or hand sanitizer disappearing,” she added.

Another explanation for the phenomenon is what’s known as the FOMO — fear of missing out — syndrome, Associate Professor Nitika Garg, a consumer behavior researcher at the University of New South Wales, told the news outlet.

“They think if this person is buying it, if my neighbor is buying, there’s got to be a reason and I need to get in too,” she said.

In China, Garg added, people sought to stock up on toilet paper because “there’s a thinking that toilet paper can be substituted for tissues and napkins and to make makeshift masks.”

Another consumer expert said the toilet paper craze also reflects people’s need to hang on to their modern lifestyle.

“We’re not used to shortages and scarcity, we’re used to being able to pick and choose what we want, when we want. So the rush to get toilet paper is just this sheep mentality to maintain that status,” the University of Sydney’s Rohan Miller told the BBC.

“I think people want to make sure they have some comforts in their lives if they’re going to be shacked up with their family for a long time,” he said.

“Toilet paper doesn’t really matter — it’s just so far down the survival list compared to other things like food or water — but it’s just something people cling to as a minimum standard,” Miller added.

Justin Wolfers, a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, said in a series of tweets that “even if you’re not freaked out about a pandemic, you worry that everyone else is & they’ll stockpile … & you don’t want to be the left paperless.”

“Fear of a run on toilet paper — like a run on banks — is enough to create an actual run. And when the runs start we need help,” he said.

“All of this says that what we need right now is a government-backed Strategic Toilet Paper Reserve,” Wolfers added.

“The Strategic Toilet Paper Reserve removes the incentive to stockpile. It ensures that even if you see others running to the store to stockpile toilet paper, you no longer need to try to run to beat them,” he said.

“You can relax, knowing that you’ll still be able to wipe your bum.”

 


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[Mar 25, 2020] Face Masks Sell in Private Auctions While Hospitals Run Out - Bloomberg

Mar 25, 2020 | www.bloomberg.com

At a time when shortages of protective gear are putting health-care workers at risk, more than 750,000 medical-grade masks went up for online auction in Texas.

Bottles of Purell sold for over $40 . A box of 16 masks went for $170 . They could be had retail for $3 each before the coronavirus.

The week-long bidding that ended Tuesday was hosted by the website Auctions Unlimited. The health-related products pulled in $154,000 in sales, according to Houston-based website owner Tim Worstell. He estimated that he personally made as much as $40,000 on the sales.

Worstell would not publicly divulge the names of the buyers, and he identified the sellers only as "large companies." He said the companies commissioned his website to sell masks, disinfectant wipes, cleaning solutions and hand sanitizer, all items in high demand as coronavirus spreads. Because the Texas attorney general issued a cease-and-desist order on March 20 to block the sales during a state of emergency, which was declared March 16 by Governor Greg Abbott, Worstell said the transactions couldn't be completed without approval from law enforcement.

If permission is withheld, Worstell said he'll re-auction the items starting at $1 as soon as the state of emergency is lifted. He said he'd already turned over the names of the sellers to Houston law enforcement and the state Attorney General.

[Mar 24, 2020] Doctors Are Hoarding Unproven Coronavirus Medicine by Writing Prescriptions for Themselves and Their Families

Mar 24, 2020 | www.propublica.org
Pharmacists told ProPublica that they are seeing unusual and fraudulent prescribing activity as doctors stockpile unproven coronavirus drugs endorsed by President Donald Trump.

A nationwide shortage of two drugs touted as possible treatments for the coronavirus is being driven in part by doctors inappropriately prescribing the medicines for family, friends and themselves, according to pharmacists and state regulators.

"It's disgraceful, is what it is," said Garth Reynolds, executive director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association, which started getting calls and emails Saturday from members saying they were receiving questionable prescriptions. "And completely selfish."

Demand for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine surged over the past several days as President Donald Trump promoted them as possible treatments for the coronavirus and online forums buzzed with excitement over a small study suggesting the combination of hydroxychloroquine and a commonly used antibiotic could be effective in treating COVID-19.

[Mar 23, 2020] Testing in some regions of the USA remains absolutely unavailable. Nursing homes are flatly denied testing

Mar 23, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

oldhippie , Mar 23 2020 18:52 utc | 23

Just a status report from my corner of the world, Evanston immediately north of Chicago.

Testing remains absolutely unavailable. Nursing homes are flatly denied testing. Nursing homes where outbreak is identified because residents have had healthcare elsewhere are flatly denied testing. Testing is for celebrities and those sick enough to be admitted to hospital.

Masks are completely unavailable. Not talking about N95. Any type of mask at all cannot be had. Basic dust masks are way better than nothing. Hardware store told me they won't order any more because either the employees steal them or they are stolen first while in transit. And yet no masks at all are seen on the street. Hoarders have all of them.

Lots of people seen doing something Americans never do. Walking. With all entertainment venues closed nothing left to do but walk. Pretty clear that many do not know how, they are re-learning as if children. Everyone maintains the six foot distance when passing other pedestrians. Wear a mask (simple homemade) and people cross the street to avoid you. Catcalls telling the mask-wearer to stay home.

[Mar 19, 2020] British mob ransack food bank:

Mar 19, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

vk , Mar 19 2020 16:34 utc | 59

British people give a sample of their colonialist, liberal ideology, ransack food bank:

'Soul-destroying': UK foodbank broken into and 'ransacked' as Covid-19 outbreak provokes panic over supplies

--//--

The situation in Wall Street is so dire right now that the NYT is reporting China's first zero-case day in a positive light in its home page. Gotta prop the markets up, no matter the PR cost.

[Mar 17, 2020] Upper flyover country grocery store update for Monday

Mar 17, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

PavewayIV , Mar 17 2020 3:01 utc | 121

Upper flyover country grocery store update for Monday:

Still no flour(?). *No* packaged pork meat on shelves like pork chops, roasts, tenderloins , etc. although plenty of beef, chicken and seafood (no butcher shop at this store - chain wraps up cuts and brings them in to stock). Fresh pork cuts normally take up maybe 15' of the meat cooler racks . Huge sale/display of corned beef and fresh cabbage that looked untouched. No Irish in this area of town. Latinos, Somalis and Hmong don't appear to be fans of the greasy goodness, but I grabbed the requisite and attractively-priced St. Patrick's Day feast. Plenty of sausage, brats and hot dogs.

Only other empty shelves for a food item I noticed was those tasty little Pizza Rolls. They rate an entire door-width of shelves in my grocer's frozen junk aisle. Odd to see those stocks stripped bare, yet plenty of frozen Pizzas, Hot Pockets, burritos and other highly-processed canine-worthy treats.

Toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex (nose) tissue - a few random small packages on the shelves the locusts missed this weekend. Stock guy had a single case of Kleenex on a cart, but people already had it ripped open and were helping themselves to the individual boxes (including yours truly).

Still no bleach, hand soap/sanitizer, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide. No thermometers, either.

State governor announced that (ordered?) restaurants and bars are to close on Wednesday. Schools already closed - maybe for rest of school year (ends May/June).

Of interest elsewhere on the globe:

Wuhan Live WebCams (rotates between several) - link - Nearly 11 A.M. Tuesday there as I post this; mostly deserted, no traffic. Wuhan apparently still totally locked down.

Italy Live Webcam - Piazza di Spagna, Rome link - Empty, but nearly 4 A.M. Tuesday there. A smattering of tourists yesterday at this and other 'touristy' spots, but don't know what kind of crowds they usually have mid-week.

[Mar 14, 2020] Honest Government Ad

Highly recommended!
This is a really brilliant satire !!! Another outstanding work. "Spread the message, not the virus" and "...when they threaten the Stock Market." Priceless
What makes a nation civilized is not how it acts in times of peace but how it chooses to conduct itself in moments of crisis. Hoarding stuff for months selfishly and fighting people in markets like animals is not how civilized societies deal with crisis.
Notable quotes:
"... Toilet paper is such a weird thing to be panic-buying... ..."
"... "Global emergencies- when they threaten the stock market" So sad but true ..."
"... "When they threaten the stock market." Boom. ..."
"... I love the term "local government franchise". sounds pretty synonymous to a government run by crooks and impotent political dynasties. ..."
"... I like how this started off completely taking the mick, but then turned, depressingly, into one of the most sensible summaries of our current situation. (I mean it's depressing that comedians seem to be better at communicating than our glorious leaders). ..."
"... "Italians are freaking out the Chinese are hiding out" That was just so freaking hilarious oh my God I love this channel ..."
Mar 14, 2020 | youtu.be

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Honest Government Ad (govern/rule – ment/mind) | Coronavirus: Flatten The Curve

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hks6Nq7g6P4?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent Vote Up 1 0 Vote Down Reply Mar 14, 2020 10:05 PM


John Gardner , 23 hours ago

Toilet paper is such a weird thing to be panic-buying...

foo barf , 23 hours ago

But my sphincter is far too important to let a Murdoch publication near it

JNB Brothers , 23 hours ago

"Global emergencies- when they threaten the stock market" So sad but tru (climate change, equal rights etc)

John Gardner , 23 hours ago

Toilet paper is such a weird thing to be panic-buying...

foo barf , 23 hours ago

But my sphincter is far too important to let a Murdoch publication near it

JNB Brothers , 23 hours ago

"Global emergencies- when they threaten the stock market" So sad but true (climate change, equal rights etc)

Tommy Knocker , 23 hours ago (edited)

Now flying off the shelves near you: New Rupert Murdock toilet paper, as hard on your ass it is on the eyes!!!

Aurum TheBrave , 23 hours ago

"When they threaten the stock market." Boom.

Charliemagne Crabajales , 19 hours ago

I love the term "local government franchise". sounds pretty synonymous to a government run by crooks and impotent political dynasties.

George Caplin , 20 hours ago

I like how this started off completely taking the mick, but then turned, depressingly, into one of the most sensible summaries of our current situation. (I mean it's depressing that comedians seem to be better at communicating than our glorious leaders).

Ison Willis , 23 hours ago

If it gets not banned, its part of the sh*show.

Alexandru Popescu , 23 hours ago

Lucy's heavenly voice and impeccable pronunciation – which transform the coarse language into music to our ears – perfectly convey the urgent educational message.

Saturn666 , 23 hours ago

Kind of tragic when a comedy channel like this is more informative than governments.

denthy k , 23 hours ago

Trump: If I'm not tested, I'm not infected.

tuseroni , 20 hours ago

"i dont take responsibility at all" he did say that. not sure if he is exposed to the corona virus, but he is clearly allergic to responsibility

resourcedragon , 23 hours ago

Thank you for the "flatten the curve" message. To be honest, I had wondered whether delaying the inevitable was the way to go - especially in view of the fact that there are going to be, indeed, already have been deaths that are due to knock-on effects from the corona virus.

Avatar WarMech , 19 hours ago

"Italians are freaking out the Chinese are hiding out" That was just so freaking hilarious oh my God I love this channel

[Mar 14, 2020] 'It's hell in there:' NYC food stores mobbed amid coronavirus fears

Mar 14, 2020 | nypost.com

A panic-buying fever swept through the Big Apple Thursday, as mobs of freaked-out New Yorkers frantically scoured store shelves for any remaining supplies amid spreading coronavirus fears.

"We're freaking out about it," Monica Gang, 27, said as she braved the crowds at Trader Joe's in Manhattan. "We came in here looking for rice, and there is no rice left. Rice crumbs are the only thing left. We don't even know what to stock up on ."

Food markets across the five boroughs were overrun by unnerved residents looking for supplies, with many finding shelves bare of rice, tomato sauce, peanut butter the moment they got in the door.

A Costco in Sunset Park got so mobbed that the store shut the main gate of the parking lot.

[Mar 14, 2020] Brawls Erupt As Americans Panic Hoard Supplies Amid Pandemic

Mar 14, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

So, this week, panic hoarding at Costco stores and other big-box retailers got a little more serious when it started on Thursday. Mostly because confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths are surging across the country, as many fear, increasing coronavirus test kits made available to the public would reveal the true extent of the outbreak. Mass gatherings in many states are starting to be limited, education systems are closing down, and the federal government is now starting to enforce social distancing policie s for all citizens, this all suggests, that an Italy-style lockdown could be on the horizon .

Anxieties are increasing this week as brawls have been reported at several big-box retailers. It was unclear what customers were fighting about.

Here's footage on Thursday of a fight between two customers at a Brooklyn Costco.

#costco #brookly #newyork #CoronavirusPandemic I don't suggest going to Costco right now pic.twitter.com/7lzJCVhXx3

-- William Pei Yuan (@iamwillyuan) March 12, 2020

A Sam's Club customer on Thursday was stabbed with a wine bottle over a pack of water in Hiram, Georgia.

BREAKING: A man was stabbed with a wine bottle over a pack of water at a Sam's Club in Hiram. 😳😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/KV5X7MiKpO

-- Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) March 13, 2020

Local police at a Costco in Lynnwood, Washington, were keeping order on Saturday as hundreds of customers wrapped around the building, due to new social distancing policies that only allowed a certain amount of people in the store at one given time.

Went to my local @Costco in Lynnwood, WA and saw this. Local police are present and crowd control policies in place. Long line of people and limiting entry to make sure social distancing is followed. Apparently yesterday was a nightmare. pic.twitter.com/D44ZpChdQy

-- Karam Dana كرم دعنا (@KaramDana) March 14, 2020

A longline developed outside the Ann Arbor, Michigan Costco on Saturday.

Ann Arbor Costco this morning at opening. pic.twitter.com/0YKaIvZuf5

-- Joseph Johnson (@bigfootballet) March 14, 2020

Now, this is crazy, a huge line extending down a street of people trying to get into La Habra, California Costco.

I have to go to the restroom someone please hold my place in line #costco #lahabra #coronavirus video by lawdog_430 ig pic.twitter.com/bxFqmv3Xq5

-- Izzy Money (@izzymoneymane) March 14, 2020

At an undisclosed Costco, apparently all the chicken is gone.

Scenes from a @costco #coronavirus #panic2020 #whycantijustfindchicken pic.twitter.com/lHSjVGmC1u

-- Best Effing Mom (@Caroline_315) March 14, 2020

Shelves are bare at a Walmart.

Seriously people, slow down and think.

This is not like a hurricane in a 3rd world country where delivery routes are cut off for months.

The longest you'd be quarantined would be 2 weeks -- you don't need to buy out Walmart & Costco to survive in your home for two weeks pic.twitter.com/6AEizbJYhC

-- DrJanesDC™️ 4️⃣5️⃣ (@DrJaneRuby) March 14, 2020

A Target in Cincinnati, Ohio, limited customers to products on Saturday morning.

Toilet paper supply at a Cincinnati, Ohio was out on Friday evening.

All the fruit is gone at a supermarket in New Jersey around 5 pm Saturday.

Customers clearing shelves at another Costco in California.

This was at Costco yesterday. pic.twitter.com/3wTN0CQjpS

-- Edwin Chen (@SinoVoices) March 14, 2020

Once the food runs out at grocery stores, consumers will start panic hoarding guns - oh wait, that's already happening...

If you thought the lines at the grocery store are long... good morning from Los Angeles 🌴 pic.twitter.com/NudGqwW4I2

-- CJ Johnson (@cjjohnsonjr) March 14, 2020

[Mar 14, 2020] First Masks, Then Purell, Now Americans Panic Hoard Immunity-Boosting Products Amid Pandemic

Mar 14, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Panic hoarding products are evolving on a weekly basis. Last week Purell, this week it is immunity-boosting supplements

... ... ...

And with that being said, what do Americans panic hoard next week? Weapons and ammunition? Well, that has already started

[Mar 14, 2020] Some Americans are responding to this pandemic by completely "freaking out"

Mar 14, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Of course some Americans are responding to this pandemic by completely "freaking out"

A panic-buying fever swept through the Big Apple Thursday, as mobs of freaked-out New Yorkers frantically scoured store shelves for any remaining supplies amid spreading coronavirus fears.

"We're freaking out about it," Monica Gang, 27, said as she braved the crowds at Trader Joe's in Manhattan. "We came in here looking for rice, and there is no rice left. Rice crumbs are the only thing left. We don't even know what to stock up on ."

But so far there are only about 2,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. and less than 100 people have died.

[Mar 14, 2020] Neoliberal civilization depends on toilet paper it seems. Toilet paper is the bellwether commodity of our age

Mar 14, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

UnionHorse , Mar 14 2020 2:48 utc | 189

Civilizations depend on toilet paper it seems. Toilet paper is the bellwether commodity of our age. Capacity production is called for, especially neoclassic econ 101 foolishness. Nevertheless, overtime at the paper mills is in order.

[Mar 13, 2020] Supermarket forced to close as panic-buying shoppers leave shelves empty

Mar 13, 2020 | www.msn.com

The picture shared of the Tesco while it temporarily closed showed a long queue of eager shoppers, with barriers even put in place to hold the crowd.

A spokesperson for Tesco confirmed the temporary closure, telling Extra.ie: 'As a result of unprecedented numbers of customers in some stores this afternoon we had to put some health and safety measures in place.

'We thank our colleagues for their thinking in keeping customers safe.'

Tesco Clarehall is officially out of toilet roll pic.twitter.com/KlMWc49G08

-- Marcas Suibhne (@MarcasSuibhne) March 12, 2020

Tesco Liffey Valley confirmed to Extra.ie that they had also shut for 30 minutes following an influx of customers.

Tesco Liffey Valley closed for half an hour following an influx of customers. Pic: Dee Clancy© Provided by Extra.ie Tesco Liffey Valley closed for half an hour following an influx of customers. Pic: Dee Clancy

[Mar 13, 2020] For all those people stocking up on mass quantities of food, grabbing all the jars of peanut butter etc. and not leaving me even one barrel of rolled oats, be sure to EAT IT. Do not let it go to waste

Mar 13, 2020 | www.unz.com

thotmonger , says: Show Comment March 13, 2020 at 7:31 am GMT

...For all those people stocking up on mass quantities of food, grabbing all the jars of peanut butter etc. and not leaving me even one barrel of rolled oats, be sure to EAT IT. Do not let it go to waste; at the very least please donate it to a homeless shelter or similar before it perishes. Thanks.

[Mar 07, 2020] Do not hoard masks/sanitisers. These are to be used rationally and more so by the frontline health workers. DO NOT PANIC! We need to collectively step up our hygiene and microbiological barrier as a society. Do not fall for quacks.

Mar 07, 2020 | twitter.com

6:17 AM - 7 Mar 2020

For Public Attention: Do not hoard masks/sanitisers. These are to be used rationally and more so by the frontline health workers.

DO NOT PANIC!

We need to collectively step up our hygiene and microbiological barrier as a society.

Do not fall for quacks.

# COVID2019 .

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