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Use you loaf when it comes to panic buying

Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM

Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason. Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM

blighty has never been renowned for its glorious weather so you’d think we’d be more prepared when temperatures plummet.

But low and behold the country seems to come to a complete standstill when the snow hits.

I appreciate the icy conditions do pose all manner of problems on the roads and can be treacherous for those trying to get about but people’s reactions to it never ceases to surprise me.

Schools shutting, trains being cancelled and flights coming to a standstill I can fully understand but panic buying just baffles me.

I was subjected to the results of this madness when trying to buy a sandwich from the bakery only to be told they had run out of bread.

What is it about bread? If I truly was facing the prospect of being snowed in for days on end I can think of better things to eat than a slice of bread.

I’m sure the majority of people have enough food in their cupboards, fridge and freezers to last a month but feel they can’t be without ten loaves of bread and five pints of milk just in case.

Unless you’re intending to use a French stick to dig your way out of the snow I just can’t get my head round it.

It seems when there’s a potential crisis on the snowy horizon people resort to war like rationing.

It was a similar situation across the country with supermarkets in certain areas reporting panic buyers stripping the shelves in scenes that rivalled festive supermarket shops.

People pushing and shoving to get their mitts on these life saving loaves.

Supermarkets in Wales, one of the hardest hit, reported UHT milk increased by 26 per cent - how long do people really think they are going to be housebound for?

Things got so bad down the aisles that limits were placed on essentials such as bread and milk in a bid to stop people panic buying.

Staff described the hours of panic buying as a crazy stampede as stores had to put up signs apologising for running out of stock.

It’s just like the petrol situation all over again - people making the situation worse by taking more than they need.

Believe me there’d be nobody more upset than me if I ended up stranded in the house all weekend without some grub but seriously shoppers, there’s just no need to create more problems by causing a bread famine as well as having to deal with the snow.

 

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