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2 hours ago, L00b said:

Paracetamol may get rationed before long, if people are currently panic-buying it.

 

By now it is rationed most elsewhere on the Continent (France, Spain and Italy for sure, today I've heard Belgium may be too).

 

There's plenty of manufacturing capacity, but the problem is leadtime and reduced distribution capacity (and extended delivery times, lots of ad hoc checkpoints on roads, m'ways and borders), once the stocks already in the retail/distribution channels begin to run dry.

 

If people stayed sensible, really there'd be no need for rationing anything, officially or through public shaming.

I’ve heard a lot of it is made in India and they’re hanging on to it. Is there any truth in that?

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10 hours ago, L00b said:

Paracetamol may get rationed before long, if people are currently panic-buying it.

 

By now it is rationed most elsewhere on the Continent (France, Spain and Italy for sure, today I've heard Belgium may be too).

 

There's plenty of manufacturing capacity, but the problem is leadtime and reduced distribution capacity (and extended delivery times, lots of ad hoc checkpoints on roads, m'ways and borders), once the stocks already in the retail/distribution channels begin to run dry.

 

If people stayed sensible, really there'd be no need for rationing anything, officially or through public shaming.

One thing we could all do, and that's use a bit less of everything. I put a bit less milk on my cereal, a bit less orange in my glass, use a bit less toothpaste, etc, and, with relevance to paracetamol, if I've got a mild headache I don't bother taking anything for it. Interestingly, the headache seems to clear up anyway, so I wonder how many people take stuff for a headache, or whatever,  and it actually makes no difference !

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If anyone is thinking of going to The Moor Market, you'd better get a shift on. 

 

First time I can recall queues outside.  10 mins later the place is rammed.  Most of the counters have large queues. 

 

And if anyone is thinking of going to Sainsbury's over the other side of The Moor from the market, unless they have a large number of deliveries today, I wouldn't bother shopping there.  Absolutely hardly anything in. 

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A new message from the Sainsbury's Chief Executive Mike Coupe,

 

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An increasing number of you have told me that you're not always able to get the items that you need when you need them. 
From Monday 23rd March, we are consolidating our opening hours and all our supermarkets will be open from 8am to 8pm, Monday-Saturday, including those with an Argos store. 
Sunday opening, Sainsbury’s Local and petrol station opening times will stay the same.
Some of you also said we should extend this to members of our hardworking NHS and Social Care workers. And we will be doing just that.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all our supermarkets will dedicate 8am - 9am to serving elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers, as well as NHS and Social Care workers. 
They will just need to show us their pass or ID when they visit. We will be working to keep our shelves well stocked and would encourage customers to arrive throughout the hour to prevent queues forming and to help everyone keep a safe distance.
To keep our colleagues safe, I need to ask again for your help. Please do your best to stand one metre away from colleagues in our stores where you can. And we would prefer you to pay with card rather than cash at our tills. Please also treat our colleagues and other customers with kindness and respect.
Best wishes, Mike

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12 minutes ago, Green Slime said:

A new message from the Sainsbury's Chief Executive Mike Coupe,

 

Great idea, except if you're under 70 but buying on behalf of older relatives as well (which is our case).

The ID presents a problem, therefore.

As regards preferably using a card, will there be spray/wipes available for the card machine buttons?

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3 minutes ago, RiffRaff said:

Great idea, except if you're under 70 but buying on behalf of older relatives as well (which is our case).

The ID presents a problem, therefore.

As regards preferably using a card, will there be spray/wipes available for the card machine buttons?

I normally shop at Sainsburys and over 80,  at the moment I am following advice and staying indoors. I wouldn''t think of using public transport at this time at all. I am relying on family for what I need'

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2 hours ago, kay1 said:

I normally shop at Sainsburys and over 80,  at the moment I am following advice and staying indoors. I wouldn''t think of using public transport at this time at all. I am relying on family for what I need'

Exactly my point, Kay.

Your son/daughter is (obviously!) younger than you, so when they join the queue, who's to say that they're buying for you or (unfairly) for themselves?

 

If this farcical situation carries on, I can see official rationing being brought back.

Whenever there's an election, we get voting cards, so the data is already there - names, addresses, ages, etc.

 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, RiffRaff said:

Exactly my point, Kay.

Your son/daughter is (obviously!) younger than you, so when they join the queue, who's to say that they're buying for you or (unfairly) for themselves?

 

If this farcical situation carries on, I can see official rationing being brought back.

Whenever there's an election, we get voting cards, so the data is already there - names, addresses, ages, etc.

 

 

 

Won't happen. Give it a week or so and it will all settle down.

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Someone I know has just been to Morrisons at Ecclesfield and says it's pretty well stocked (with a few exceptions) and no one bulk buying.
Hopefully things are calming down a bit now. 

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There's no perfect answer to this problem but there are steps that could be taken. The most draconian would be to bring in the army and give them powers to enter the homes of people suspected of stockpiling and confiscate any excess food with no compensation, using  guidelines on how much households are allowed to have based on family size, then use the empty pubs and clubs as temporary shops and sell it to the over 65s, health workers and social care workers. Supermarkets should lock away the big trolleys and only allow shoppers to use a small trolley or a basket and only let 20 people in at a time with strict limits of how many items they can buy.  When one leaves, another is let in so people stop forming huge queues at 5.00 in the morning.

Things would be easier if we didn't have such a large, unsustainable population and we're really starting to feel the impact of decades of lax immigration rules. If we can't import food, we won't be able to feed everyone. About half the food bought in this country gets thrown away and this problem will get worse if people are buying so much food, they can't eat it by the use by date and we'll end up with more dying of starvation than getting the virus.

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13 minutes ago, RiffRaff said:

Exactly my point, Kay.

Your son/daughter is (obviously!) younger than you, so when they join the queue, who's to say that they're buying for you or (unfairly) for themselves?

 

If this farcical situation carries on, I can see official rationing being brought back.

Whenever there's an election, we get voting cards, so the data is already there - names, addresses, ages, etc.

 

 

 

My "rations" have arrived and daughter in  law has had to visit 8 different shops to get basics for us I just cannot believe how the public (well some of them ) are behaving just a good job they didnt have to survive rationing during the war. My own Mother could fit her weeks food supply for 8 of us into a small wicker basket

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6 hours ago, RiffRaff said:

As regards preferably using a card, will there be spray/wipes available for the card machine buttons?

That's where using contactless is a boon. In fact they should enforce contactless only as there is also a spending limit of £30 on it so it will also help stop overshopping.

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