Extreme Hoarders: COVID-19 Edition
The COVID-19 outbreak has brought with it shelves empty of toilet paper, cleaning products and hand sanitizer.
The virus, discovered in China in December of 2019, has spread across the world and was classified as a pandemic in March of 2020. A shelter in place order was established shortly afterward in the Bay Area, as well as many other parts of the country and world.
When the public was informed of the outbreak, many people became wary of how fast the virus would spread and how they would be affected. Cleaning products, toilet paper and hand sanitizer sold out not long after news of the pandemic was released to the public.
“At the beginning of March, hand sanitizer and then cleaning supplies became sold out. Later is when I started noticing the toilet paper on the news selling out. The middle/end of March is when we saw how fast it sold out of our store,” said Maya Greenberg, Petaluma High junior and Target employee. She said that the attitudes of customers have become more frantic and rude. “People continually asked about hand sanitizer and were frustrated when I would tell them we were sold out and that I didn’t know when it would be back in stock,” she said.
In the past week, Costco has been receiving shipments of toilet paper, and has changed their return policy so that customers cannot return toilet paper, hand sanitizer and any other product that was stockpiled. Regular customers are relieved that some of the mayhem has subsided as a select few stores have gotten some of these items back in stock.