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(Orange County Register)   Costco Manager: "Yesterday, the lines were all the way to the alcohol section." Drew: Costco has other sections?   (ocregister.com) divider line
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2020-03-03 9:46:05 AM  
If your going to panic, be the first one to panic.  Being the last is pointless.
 
2020-03-03 9:50:24 AM  
I panicked decades ago and stocked up on all this kind of stuff for the earthquake that will level California.
 
2020-03-03 9:52:26 AM  
So it's like when they put all the candy right by the register so kids grab this and that demending(yes spelled wrong on purpose), I want this, I want this.  But for adults.
 
2020-03-03 9:53:47 AM  
What if I've just been slowly building up a pile of non-perishable food, partly for backpacking and partly because I always buy a few extra when there's a good deal?  Sure I'm down to 12-15 rolls of TP, but I've been using a lot less since installing the bidet.  What should I panic-buy besides more booze?
 
2020-03-03 9:59:58 AM  
I thought coronavirus was like a flu flu...  not like a stomach flu...  so what's with all the people buying up all the toilet paper?
 
2020-03-03 10:12:28 AM  

kbronsito: I thought coronavirus was like a flu flu...  not like a stomach flu...  so what's with all the people buying up all the toilet paper?


People are panicking thinking the US will have widespread city lockdowns like China.  I had three customers yesterday ask me if their prescriptions were made in China.  I had an old lady ask me how she would get her eye drops if West Bumfark, Montana had a quarantine.  We've been out of face masks for weeks, and hand sanitizer for a week or so (down to just the sanitizer and wipes for pharmacy use).

If there's a citywide quarantine/lockdown/etc, people will eventually run out of essentials.  Being able to wipe your ass is essential, especially if you're stuck indoors with a possibly infected family member for 14 days.
 
2020-03-03 10:13:01 AM  
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'Welcome to Costco. We're all doomed.'
 
2020-03-03 10:20:26 AM  
Yeah and I'm pissed the fark off because I came down with the flu last week and now there's nothing left for me. I was too sick to go to the store any sooner... 😔
 
2020-03-03 10:26:48 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: What if I've just been slowly building up a pile of non-perishable food, partly for backpacking and partly because I always buy a few extra when there's a good deal?  Sure I'm down to 12-15 rolls of TP, but I've been using a lot less since installing the bidet.  What should I panic-buy besides more booze?


Condoms and lube.
 
2020-03-03 10:32:35 AM  

HempHead: If your going to panic, be the first one to panic.  Being the last is pointless.


And then you really do need to panic.
 
2020-03-03 10:34:25 AM  
There's also a whole section of non-alcoholic beverages, too.  Though Farkers may know them better as "mixers".
 
2020-03-03 10:36:17 AM  
The only problem with those big 1.75L bottles Costco sells is that they're too tall to fit in most cabinets.  Yeah yeah, first world problems.

The lines at our local Costco this weekend were really long.  But it is also the time of year where all of the snowbirds start to stock up on cheap booze before making the trip back north, so many of those people were seniors.  Total Wine was a madhouse as well.
 
2020-03-03 10:37:57 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: What if I've just been slowly building up a pile of non-perishable food, partly for backpacking and partly because I always buy a few extra when there's a good deal?  Sure I'm down to 12-15 rolls of TP, but I've been using a lot less since installing the bidet.  What should I panic-buy besides more booze?


More booze.

/username checks out.
 
2020-03-03 10:39:02 AM  
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I'll take two, please
 
2020-03-03 10:39:38 AM  

AmbassadorBooze: kittyhas1000legs: What if I've just been slowly building up a pile of non-perishable food, partly for backpacking and partly because I always buy a few extra when there's a good deal?  Sure I'm down to 12-15 rolls of TP, but I've been using a lot less since installing the bidet.  What should I panic-buy besides more booze?

Condoms and lube.


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2020-03-03 10:41:57 AM  

HempHead: If your going to panic, be the first one to panic.  Being the last is pointless.


Which is why I stocked up weeks ago.  These shoppers are the late panic buyers.
 
2020-03-03 10:45:40 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: What if I've just been slowly building up a pile of non-perishable food, partly for backpacking and partly because I always buy a few extra when there's a good deal?  Sure I'm down to 12-15 rolls of TP, but I've been using a lot less since installing the bidet.  What should I panic-buy besides more booze?


Depending on where you live, weed.  Outside of California and Canada most places have a thin weed-growing infrastructure relative to demand.  A small spike could empty inventories until the next harvests come on.
 
2020-03-03 10:54:22 AM  
I swear these articles are triggered by store management sending "rumors" to news groups. All to start these kind of hoarding situations.
 
2020-03-03 11:12:23 AM  

Dinjiin: The only problem with those big 1.75L bottles Costco sells is that they're too tall to fit in most cabinets.  Yeah yeah, first world problems.

The lines at our local Costco this weekend were really long.  But it is also the time of year where all of the snowbirds start to stock up on cheap booze before making the trip back north, so many of those people were seniors.  Total Wine was a madhouse as well.


We have to keep our vodka in the same cabinet as the kids' cereal because it's the only one tall enough to fit that ridiculously tall bottle.  The others fit in the liquor cabinet okay, but their tequila bottle is so big it can be hard to pour into a tiny shot glass.
 
2020-03-03 11:20:34 AM  

j_hat: We have to keep our vodka in the same cabinet as the kids' cereal because it's the only one tall enough to fit that ridiculously tall bottle.  The others fit in the liquor cabinet okay, but their tequila bottle is so big it can be hard to pour into a tiny shot glass.


I transfer the contents of the larger bottles to smaller ones to avoid that.  There are also pour spouts that can make it a bit easier.
 
2020-03-03 11:39:42 AM  
I had to buy food/soda for a big work event on Monday.  Was not amused at the panic shopping.
 
2020-03-03 11:52:50 AM  
I wish my Costco sold hard alcohol.
 
2020-03-03 12:15:13 PM  
Those fear mongering should be ashamed of themselves.
 
2020-03-03 12:15:33 PM  
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2020-03-03 12:39:50 PM  

MilesTeg: Those fear mongering should be ashamed of themselves.


Regardless of what happens with Covid-19, it's not a bad thing to at least have people along the gulf coast and south east coast stock up.  Hurricane season will be here soon enough.
 
2020-03-03 12:43:03 PM  
My wife made jokes when I bought a bucket of emergency meals a few years back, but now she understands. We're not too worried about our water supply being cut off since we're on a tiny private water company, but we are a little concerned since they treat it to the absolute minimum standards allowed by law (it's super clean coming out of the ground, so it basically goes through a sand filter and a UV light and that's it, tastes better than pretty much any bottled water). I'm not too concerned about TP either, because if we eat the bucket of freeze dried food there's not gonna be a whole lot of #2's going on.
 
2020-03-03 12:46:06 PM  
We were at our Costco on Saturday between 5:00 and 6:00.  It seemed a little busier than usual and I couldn't help but notice that quite a few people were stocking up on bottled water.  I'm not sure what to think about that.  Are people expecting the taps to turn off?

I also noticed I'm down to my last 4-5 rolls of TP.  Hopefully I can get replenished in next week's Costco run or else it's paper towels and corncobs for me!
 
2020-03-03 1:09:57 PM  
I have no idea why people who live in big cities are buying drinking water. What do they think? That the water filtration plants will close? That all the employees who work there will die of the coronavirus? If you are rural, I kinda get it. But here in Minneapolis, why the fark would I stockpile drinking water? Or anything, for that matter. If a city as big as Minneapolis/St Paul is quarantined, we pretty much farked no matter what. I was at the Target on University Avenue on Saturday and the entire canned fruit and canned veggie section was wiped out. We have zero cases of the virus in the state. I saw an elderly woman, maybe 80 or so, pushing a shopping cart with at least 100 rolls of toilet paper in it. As long as you take care of yourself from  hygiene standpoint, and keep your immune system in good shape, you should be fine. I have a musician friend who lives 5 miles form the Washington state hospital where the first person died. He posted on Facebook "All we're doing is washing our hands more." And trust me, he is a bright guy.

By the way, one of our student workers grew up near the Wuhan province, and she told me how incredibly poor and rural it is, and people just do not go to the doctor for anything. So, a disease spreading like it did there is, basically, a given.
 
2020-03-03 1:16:05 PM  

GaperKiller: My wife made jokes when I bought a bucket of emergency meals a few years back, but now she understands. We're not too worried about our water supply being cut off since we're on a tiny private water company, but we are a little concerned since they treat it to the absolute minimum standards allowed by law (it's super clean coming out of the ground, so it basically goes through a sand filter and a UV light and that's it, tastes better than pretty much any bottled water). I'm not too concerned about TP either, because if we eat the bucket of freeze dried food there's not gonna be a whole lot of #2's going on.


Best check because many freeze-dried products have a little "colon helper" mixed in.

/don't ask how I know.
 
2020-03-03 1:30:25 PM  

BrianGriffin: I have no idea why people who live in big cities are buying drinking water. What do they think? That the water filtration plants will close? That all the employees who work there will die of the coronavirus? If you are rural, I kinda get it. But here in Minneapolis, why the fark would I stockpile drinking water? Or anything, for that matter. If a city as big as Minneapolis/St Paul is quarantined, we pretty much farked no matter what. I was at the Target on University Avenue on Saturday and the entire canned fruit and canned veggie section was wiped out. We have zero cases of the virus in the state. I saw an elderly woman, maybe 80 or so, pushing a shopping cart with at least 100 rolls of toilet paper in it. As long as you take care of yourself from  hygiene standpoint, and keep your immune system in good shape, you should be fine. I have a musician friend who lives 5 miles form the Washington state hospital where the first person died. He posted on Facebook "All we're doing is washing our hands more." And trust me, he is a bright guy.

By the way, one of our student workers grew up near the Wuhan province, and she told me how incredibly poor and rural it is, and people just do not go to the doctor for anything. So, a disease spreading like it did there is, basically, a given.


It also means the number of unreported cases / deaths will obscure the mortality rate significantly.
 
2020-03-03 2:10:00 PM  
You would think its snowing in Atlanta.

The supermarkets are the same way, like everyone is prepping for the end of the world.

/Stupid
 
2020-03-03 2:17:45 PM  
My mom actually braved one of the local Costcos yesterday. On top of the lines the freaking payment system went down and they couldn't take anything but cash for a lengthy period. Supposedly they were writing details down to run them later once the system came back up.
 
2020-03-03 2:39:56 PM  
So the idea with stocking food for a couple of weeks is that if you get sick, you can self-isolate as you get better so you don't have to expose other people to your illness. Not so much because things are going to run out.
 
2020-03-03 2:43:48 PM  
Well that explains why Costco was so nuts yesterday. I see it didn't deter them from sample lines.

You'll be fine, ya bunch of shivering little lemmings. God it must suck going through life so afraid of everything
 
2020-03-03 3:07:46 PM  
It seems weird to me that you wouldn't keep a supply of important stuff on hand. I may be weird that way, but I keep all kinds of dried fruit and veggies, a bunch of shiat tickets, soups, pasta, paper towels, vitamins, extra toothpaste and floss, shampoo, detergent etc, etc... It isn't preparing for any specific thing, it's just good to have, we do get some pretty nasty snowstorms up here and we don't always want to go out when it is -40.
 
2020-03-03 5:46:32 PM  

BrianGriffin: I have no idea why people who live in big cities are buying drinking water. What do they think? That the water filtration plants will close? That all the employees who work there will die of the coronavirus? If you are rural, I kinda get it. But here in Minneapolis, why the fark would I stockpile drinking water? Or anything, for that matter. If a city as big as Minneapolis/St Paul is quarantined, we pretty much farked no matter what. I was at the Target on University Avenue on Saturday and the entire canned fruit and canned veggie section was wiped out. We have zero cases of the virus in the state. I saw an elderly woman, maybe 80 or so, pushing a shopping cart with at least 100 rolls of toilet paper in it. As long as you take care of yourself from  hygiene standpoint, and keep your immune system in good shape, you should be fine. I have a musician friend who lives 5 miles form the Washington state hospital where the first person died. He posted on Facebook "All we're doing is washing our hands more." And trust me, he is a bright guy.

By the way, one of our student workers grew up near the Wuhan province, and she told me how incredibly poor and rural it is, and people just do not go to the doctor for anything. So, a disease spreading like it did there is, basically, a given.


Not everyone enjoys the taste of city drinking water. It's not a safety issue IMO, just a preference. I take 3 5-gallon jugs and get them refilled at a place like Walmart, then use that water to cook with. Coffee even tastes better once you get rid of all the chlorine and crap in the city water.

Doesn't mean the world is gonna end if I run out of the bottled water, though. I'd feel perfectly safe drinking city water, I just may not enjoy my coffee as much. :)
 
2020-03-03 6:18:40 PM  
Business Costco (Westminster,OC) was overrun with idiots in masks today,panic buying like lemmings. One of my jobs is procurement for a care home,and they are required by law to keep 10 days (I think) of backup water on hand. They also use a bunch of gloves. These fools are making it super difficult to keep stocked. Restaurant Depot had no crowds,but not much water either.
 
2020-03-03 7:43:10 PM  

Mad_Radhu: AmbassadorBooze: kittyhas1000legs: What if I've just been slowly building up a pile of non-perishable food, partly for backpacking and partly because I always buy a few extra when there's a good deal?  Sure I'm down to 12-15 rolls of TP, but I've been using a lot less since installing the bidet.  What should I panic-buy besides more booze?

Condoms and lube.

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That's exactly what I was referencing. That man is a model for us all to emulate.  Safe sex during a national emergency is important.  No reason to blast a baby up in that oven just because the corona is coming for ya.
 
2020-03-03 7:45:56 PM  
I went last night near closing, it was still packed. No water, toilet paper, anything to do with sanitizer, or the 50 lb bags of rice. It was strange. Gal I know who works there it had busier than Christmas since the weekend. I got my garden hose, sink garbage disposal and booze so all was OK.

Here's the normally loaded water area.

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2020-03-04 1:10:48 AM  

jjorsett: I panicked decades ago and stocked up on all this kind of stuff for the earthquake that will level California.


I'm still waiting for that y2K thing to happen!   When is that supposed to be again?
 
2020-03-04 8:11:59 PM  

kabloink: MilesTeg: Those fear mongering should be ashamed of themselves.

Regardless of what happens with Covid-19, it's not a bad thing to at least have people along the gulf coast and south east coast stock up.  Hurricane season will be here soon enough.


Thanks, that's what I did, replenish the Hurricane/"Cheaper to buy in bulk" closet.
/If I was hoarding I would buy another 25 lb bag of rice.
//But the one I bought a month ago should still last for months.
///love Costco and Foodservice outlet stores.
////Four slashes because they are cheaper in bulk.
 
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