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Old 04-17-2020, 08:37 PM
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Old 04-18-2020, 02:13 AM
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Yeah, the local grocery outlets have had massive queues before the shops open. Both of the major ones have introduced "priority hours," for the elderly and disabled (they need to show evidence of being on a pension of some sort) and in the case of one of the majors, they've also extended that to healthcare workers (who need to show evidence that they are in fact currently employed in a healthcare environment). the latter has resulted in an alarming amount of bitching due to a combination of fears that said healthcare worker/s could be spreading the virus (no, we aren't) and the entitlement mentality of some of the folks lining up outside the store at 8am (eg "why do THEY get special treatment?" Well maybe because they're the ones keeping your butt alive dumbass :eyeroll. I technically do fall under the category of "healthcare worker," and a couple of my coworkers have suggested I take advantage of it, but I won't because I don't want to be that person who ruins it for everyone. (I also work in administration with minimal patient contact)

For the record, both groups are still subject to the same restrictions as everyone else.
Interesting; our store requires no ID or proof of anything. So yes, of course we get people who aren't seniors (or health-impaired folks) wandering in. I don't think it's a major problem, though.

I do like the idea of including health-care workers. But then we'd need to ask for ID and I can just imagine how well THAT would go over ....

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"Then either sit on the curb until we open or pay someone to shop for you."
Love it! Although we would be open; they'd be sitting on the curb until the line disappears (which it does periodically). Given that we're having snow these days (!!) that could be quite a picture ....

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Supermarkets here in NZ have the right idea lately - due to the massive queues, they have set up a txting system so that when you arrive you send a txt to the stated number with the store's ID code and are added to the queue. This way you get to sit in your comfy car for however long it takes and when it is your turn you just walk up, show your phone with the message (yes, they check the timestamp) and they let you in.

If you don't have your phone with you or you just want to walk around to get some exercise, you just walk up to the front, get your name added to the list and make sure you remain in earshot. If you aren't around when your name is called, T.S.
What a GREAT idea! I wonder if our corporate would be open to that?

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Where I live has essentially become Mad Max but with toilet paper.
Now there's an image ...

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We also have a massive problem with people from out of town swooping in and just clearing our only two grocery stores and leaving us locals fighting for scraps. We're a small town but we're near a highway so people can just roll in from the city and clear us out. Instead of shopping where they live. It's been a big problem for weeks now. =/
Don't your stores have limitations on items? Granted, the info we get at my store is all over the map ("Yes, paper products are still restricted to two each. No wait, they're not. Wait, yes they are ... ?????" )
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Old 04-18-2020, 09:09 AM
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I do like the idea of including health-care workers. But then we'd need to ask for ID and I can just imagine how well THAT would go over ....
Supermarkets in the UK are offering special hours (before they officially open) for health workers, with ID. While I'm sure there must have been cases of regular Joe Schmoes trying to get in, nobody's kicked off enough to get themselves into the news yet...
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Old 04-18-2020, 06:42 PM
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Hubs has to get up at 4am and drive 45 minutes to get to the grocery store when they let the old farts in at 6am. Sucks to be him, but we haven't run out of paper towels or TP.

Bleach has been hard to come by, though. We don't use much, so haven't needed it but a friend has been looking for it since this all started. Hubs started looking for it 3 weeks ago. Yesterday, my friend gave up and agreed to accept some out of our supply (We are preppers, we don't just store food, cleaning supplies are also well stocked.)

We are going to meet up in a parking lot so I can give it to her without getting too close.

Its good that I am so comfortable with parking lot deals already, this has seemed to be happening a lot now!
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Old 04-19-2020, 11:49 AM
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Old 04-20-2020, 03:36 PM
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I'm not a fan of standing in lines either (I was "social-distancing" way before it was cool!), but for me now it's more about dealing with the idjits who don't follow the advisories. "Too important for the rules" is now potentially risking lives.
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