Stock owners show off their stash of groceries while desperate shoppers strip the supermarket shelves of anything they can get their hands on.
Panic purchases were back in full swing this week ahead of the six-week shutdown in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.
The strict rules take effect as a second outbreak of COVID-19 devastates Victoria.
But a handful of crafty buyers managed to avoid the madness by stocking up early.
Stock owners show off their hordes of messages on social media. “I am not the reason why the stores were emptied during this pandemic,” wrote one woman
Social media images show rooms filled with preserves, packets of chips, and jars of noodles
“I realize many think this is greed. I’ve been a longtime COVID-19 stockholder, ”wrote one woman, showing off her supplies
Social media images show rooms filled with preserves, packets of chips, and jars of noodles.
‘I just finished a pantry / stock challenge and now we are limited again. So that sucks, ”a woman captioned her photo.
Another woman claimed to have stockpiled for the past 18 months.
She had shelves full of months of food, water and lifelong milk.
“It is not my problem that you did not prepare prior to this pandemic. Don’t attack me because I happened to start stocking up 18 months ago, ”she wrote.
“Not only am I a stockmaker, but I’m also a prepper … no, I don’t have an aluminum foil hat, but I believe in emergency supplies in case the fan hits it.
“Case and point is this pandemic, but I also prepare myself in case of job loss, economic crisis or a good war.”
Another simply said that she liked to be organized.
Australians have stockpiled pending closure in Melbourne, despite supermarkets remaining open
Storage in Australia has become more popular since the first lockout in March
Coles has reintroduced product purchase limits in select stores within closed communities
“I realize that many think this is greed, I’ve long been a COVID-19 stockholder.”
Coles and Woolworths in Melbourne had to reset purchase limits this week to avoid shoppers completely bald the shelves.
Video and photos taken in stores across the state show long queues outside malls to save just a day before closing.
In one video, customers lined up at a Costco in Melbourne, lined up in beanies and scarves with carts and baskets before the store even opened its doors.
Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will again be locked in a six-week blockage if a second outbreak of COVID-19 hits the state
Customers cleared the shelves when they heard they would be put back in a closed room
Shoppers flocked to Melbourne supermarkets before Wednesday’s closing
Everyone in closed suburbs can still do their shopping, except those who live in ten apartments of the housing committee.
The at-home orders come with four exceptions, which include grocery shopping, exercising, taking care of a family member, and going to work or school.
The toilet paper is limited to one package per customer, while restrictions were also imposed on pasta, rice, hand sanitizer and kitchen paper.
The products affected by the purchase limits at Coles include:
- Pasta – two packs of Flour – two packs
- Rice – two packs of Sugar – two packs
- Fresh white milk – two packs of chicken fillet and thigh – two packss
- Eggs – two packages Minced meat – two packages
- Frozen vegetables – two packages Frozen fries – two packages
- Fabrics – two packages Paper towel – two packages
- Hand sanitizer – two packs Liquid soap – two packs
- Toilet paper – one package Frozen desserts – two packages
The limits will be implemented in all Coles supermarkets, Coles Express and Coles Online within the affected local government areas.
Steven Cain, CEO of Coles, said the new limits were disappointing, but a necessary measure to avoid widespread panic purchases experienced in the early days of the pandemic.
“Our thoughts are with the many Victorians who now need to isolate at home, and we will continue to work with the state government to provide all the help they need,” Cain said in a statement.
“To provide a safer shopping experience in our stores, we ask customers to continue to treat our team members with respect, observe social distances in stores, use the disinfection stations at the entrance and plan their visit so that they shoppers’. ‘
Supermarkets again assure customers that there is an adequate supply and that there is no need to attempt to stock up.
A family of shoppers was spotted in supermarkets in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Daily Mail Australia saw shoppers go to one supermarket, load their things and do the same at another
A Woolworths spokesperson said the restrictions were necessary after the sudden surge in demand overnight.
“All Woolworths supermarkets in Victoria will remain open for the next six weeks of phase three, just like earlier this year,” he said.
“We have more than enough inventory flowing into our stores from our distribution centers to meet all of our customers’ food and grocery needs. We encourage our customers to continue shopping. ‘
The hard closure will come into effect on Wednesday from 11:59 PM.
Residents can still do their shopping during the six-week closure
At a certain point, this supermarket ran out of fresh vegetables, because customers flocked to shops to do their shopping