Singapore Lockdown Sparks Selfish Panic Buying

Story ByLee Bullen,Sub EditorJoseph Golder,AgencyCentral European News

Panicking shoppers are putting the lives of others at risk by filling trolleys and baskets with food and then dumping them in the middle of the store when queues get too long.

As a result local social media has been filled with images of shop staff having to manually put the produce back on the shelf after it’s already been manhandled.

This comes as a shock report in the Lancet revealed that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can survive in stainless dear and plastic surfaces for up to 4 days.

It was published in the Lancet last Thursday and repeated worldwide, shocking many in Singapore who saw these images of people dumping their trolleys in the middle of the aisle because they didn’t want to wait in the queue.

Singapore currently has 1,375 cases of infection by the virus with six deaths.

Last week, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a series of measures to prevent the spread of the deadly bug, including a one-month lockdown and the closure of schools and non-essential businesses.

The news meant that supermarkets in the island city-state, which earned early praise for its containment of the virus but has since seen a spike in cases, have reportedly been mobbed by “selfish” panic buyers.

Singapore resident Julius Ho complained that staff at a FairPrice store had to clear up the mess left by “ugly, selfish behaviour”.

He said: “Last week I saw a FairPrice employee nearly break down and now this. What ugly, selfish behaviour. The employees of FairPrice already have enough on their hands making sure we have access to affordable groceries. This is too much.”

Another shopper, Joanne Lwn, said she also saw full trolleys and baskets left in aisles as well as products returned to the wrong shelves.

Netizen ‘Nasir Uddin’ commented: “For some people, common sense is very uncommon…”

‘Michelle Chun’ wrote: “Disgusting and ill attitude. Very bad!”

‘Mohd Danial’ said: “Too many impatient people. Queues too long so they dump baskets because they won’t wait.”

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