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Should supermarkets be made to hand over CCTV footage of people who are stockpiling to the authorities?

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Just now, Green Slime said:

Should supermarkets be made to hand over CCTV footage of people who are stockpiling to the authorities?

Simple answer... no!

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10 minutes ago, apelike said:

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.

That's a good idea, but not everyone has contactless, or even cards.

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15 minutes ago, Anna B said:

That's a good idea, but not everyone has contactless, or even cards.

It's easy to get contactless sorted as most banks have it now. If a person does not have one I'm sure the banks could probably get one set up within a week or so. I think most now also have bank accounts, even those on benefits, as its become the normal way of receiving benefits. Some still use a PO account but that contract is set to expire in 2021 so most will have already received notice from the DWP about that already.

 

If people have not got one then they should seriously think of getting on ASAP.

Edited by apelike

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Just cap it... £50 maximum.

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There is a percentage of these so called panic buyers who are selling items on at a large profit.  Private sellers as well as business sellers on ebay  for instance are selling  toilet rolls hand cleaner etc.   Also some corner shops owners  have  been bulk buying from supermarkets and selling at inflated prices.  For instance check some of the brands in some small shops they are actually supermarkets own brand.

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1 hour ago, Gerti said:

There is a percentage of these so called panic buyers who are selling items on at a large profit.  Private sellers as well as business sellers on ebay  for instance are selling  toilet rolls hand cleaner etc.   Also some corner shops owners  have  been bulk buying from supermarkets and selling at inflated prices.  For instance check some of the brands in some small shops they are actually supermarkets own brand.

That's Capitalism for you.

Who cares about people, when there are profits to be made. . . . ?

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1 hour ago, Gerti said:

There is a percentage of these so called panic buyers who are selling items on at a large profit.  Private sellers as well as business sellers on ebay  for instance are selling  toilet rolls hand cleaner etc.   Also some corner shops owners  have  been bulk buying from supermarkets and selling at inflated prices.  For instance check some of the brands in some small shops they are actually supermarkets own brand.

And what percentage would that be? Unfortunately many now seem to be making unfounded accusations and probably it's just rumours going round on Facebook etc.

 

11 minutes ago, Anna B said:

That's Capitalism for you.

Who cares about people, when there are profits to be made. . . . ?

Who cares about people when others panic buy born out of selfishness and not profit. Like it or not we are capitalist and that also includes the socialists among us!

Edited by apelike

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7 hours ago, despritdan said:

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.

I can tell you one thing which would stop most of this panic buying. The Govt should announce that food shops will never be shut in any "lock down" and neither would food production / distribution ever be suspended or significantly reduced.

I'm pretty sire that'd stop it, so why don't they just announce it ?

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Saw the news tonight & a clip from one of the advisors on the Govt's daily news briefing. 

 

She said that well over a billion pounds has apparently been spent on food over the past week or so, "So it's now time that you started to eat it." 

 

No good just carrying on stockpiling & looking at it. 

Edited by Baron99

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Reported on ITV news at 10, Friday that a pharmacy was charging £19 a bottle for Calpol and £9 for a packet of Paracetamol.

The pharmacy later said it had been done in error, but it's amazing how many of these  'errors' seem to be turning up when they are outed in the media or on social media. So yes, I believe there are some people definitely on the make.

Also in my own experience, shopping over the last week or so, I have noticed a few significant price rises. And that's in the supermarkets, not some little corner shop. 

 

Quantitative easing has begun again,,  so I expect inflation unless the government get a grip.

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5 hours ago, Baron99 said:

Saw the news tonight & a clip from one of the advisors on the Govt's daily news briefing. 

 

She said that well over a billion pounds has apparently been spent on food over the past week or so, "So it's now time that you started to eat it." 

 

No good just carrying on stockpiling & looking at it. 

Qoute I saw from one food retailer compared this week with the same week last year at 27M,this week 52M

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