A photo showing an elderly Australian woman staring at empty shelves at a supermarket with absolutely no groceries in sight has broken Australia’s heart. Reportedly, the lady burst into tears after she was the empty shelves.
The photo was, reportedly, taken by Nine journalist Seb Costello, and it was later shared on Twitter. It shows the heartbreaking consequences of Australia’s coronavirus panic buying crisis which left many supermarkets completely out of essential items.
Even though big markets like Woolworths and Coles did their best efforts to do more for their most vulnerable shoppers, including dedicated shopping hours and priority home delivery, it seems like the elderly are still those who are suffering the most.
Seb wrote that this captures who is suffering from the me-first, unnecessary panic buying. He added that the woman was ‘in tears’.
Reportedly, panicked shoppers have bought up to three Christmases worth of stock in just a few weeks during the coronavirus pandemic.
Matthew Swindells, chief operations at Coles, compared the scale of hoarding to festive seasons, but without the usual six months of lead-up planning. He told the Seven Network that it’s not a problem of supply, but a problem of demand.
‘We have done three Christmases in three consecutive weeks from a standing start. When you see that immediate lift in demand across a network as large as Coles, it punches a huge stock hole in our supply lines and it takes time to recover.’ – he noted.
Many Twitter users slammed hoarders and panic-shoppers who continue to bulk buy after viewing the heartbreaking photo, and they expressed their disappointment in their countries.