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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Learning, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Of course the NHS staff and other NHS workers deserve their special shopping slots. I agree with that. I guess most of the public will welcome that apart from the minority of people spending all their days shopping to resell goods at massive profit on the new black market.
    The old lose what slots from one or two supermarkets that they had. Well of course. You don't want to alienate those families waiting for granny to kick the bucket so they inherit the house and savings.
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  2. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    It sounds like you've had the family around today .
    I hope they weren't putting-post-it notes on your things with their names on them !
    That would be very pessimistic and somewhat rude . :rolleyes:
  3. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    What on earth are you talking about? My in-box is full of retailers creating time slots for old and vulnerable. Tesco, Morrisons, M&S, Waitrose......They are all first trading hour to make sure shelves are stocked.
  4. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Iceland also - our local one specialised in frozen meals very easy to get a few nice ones in.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2020
  5. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Morrisons early trading hour Monday to Saturday for NHS .I agree with that. Nothing for the elderly.
    From David Potts Chief Executive Morrisons
    Many NHS workers have said that they are struggling to buy the products they need at the beginning or the end of their shift, as supermarkets have seen unprecedented demand.

    So we’re responding by introducing an NHS hour at all our stores at the beginning of every day, Monday to Saturday, so NHS workers can shop for groceries for themselves and their families.

    This will be from 7am to 8am and a Morrisons colleague will be on the door to let staff with an NHS badge in.

    Our new opening hours for all our other customers are 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday. On Sundays we’ll be open as usual.

    We promise to play our part in feeding the nation - it's more than our job. "
    That was in my inbox 16:45 yesterday.

    Asda 16:05 yesterday a long letter from CEO Roger Burnley including
    "We know that our amazing NHS staff are working harder than ever, which is why, as of next week, we have decided to prioritise their access to our stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9am in our larger stores. "
    Last week they had an old folks one off hour on Friday. For upcoming week nothing so far for elderely
  6. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    You are wrong about Morrisons on that list.
  7. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    This morning at Tesco was a nightmare.

    I picked the wife up from work (ITU nurse)

    The NHS slot 9 - 10 had a mass gathering of people out side, and I’d say 1 in 10 were actual NHS staff.

    I waited in the car, so not to add to the problem, but either the public didn’t know or didn’t care, and the car park was nearly full at 9:30

    Yes, many retuning to cars with empty bags, and yes NHS workers also panic buy toilet paper

    It brings out the worst in people.
  8. jchrisc

    jchrisc Well-Known Member

    The old are supposed to stay home in isolation for the next twelve weeks, so they cannot go to the shops. What therefore is the point in having a special time for them?
  9. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Good point. Simple answer is that we still need to eat. Shopping for a short time only once a week in the company only of other people who otherwise are self isolating is risky, but maybe not as risky as shopping during normal hours. I have neighbours who are offering to help, some more at risk than myself(or at least more frail). In our little cul-de-sac of bungalows all of us are elderly. One of them, while shopping for herself and three neighbours, was abused by another shopper and accused of stockpiling. It probably appeared that she was; after all she was getting far more shopping than was reasonable for one little old lady.
  10. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    It's disconcerting how much little old ladies eat, and equally little old men.
  11. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    She wasn't being greedy. She was shopping for herself and three neighbours. At least once in the upcoming week I expect to be doing the same.
  12. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    Tesco did give us (the NHS staff) free flowers too, as I’m guessing they were overstocked and didn’t want to promote family visits this Mother’s Day?
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2020
  13. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    An Orwellian-style edict could be implemented, demanding that supermarkets close their doors and offer only home deliveries or a Click & Collect service. That way society would not suffer the panic buying of items.

    The pickers would be told to only collect up the maximum number of items allowed, whilst shoppers credit and debit cards are also monitored, only allowing customers to use of one of these cards, and no more than twice a week!
  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    and of course, the ones who don't shop online can just die.
  15. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    don’t give Boris any ideas:D
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  16. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    my mum is well into her 70s, doesn’t have internet, can barely use even the most basic of phones, can hardly see and has leukaemia and nearly died last year.

    And despite all this, she still went shopping last week!

    I’ve been on the phone to her, she is stubborn and doesn’t listen, thinks aliens or government behind it all :rolleyes:
  17. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    My dad is loving self-isolating. It means he can avoid his batshit crazy sister.
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  18. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    What do you expect her to do? You could always shop for her.
  19. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    SWIMBO has organised today a milkman that and a Waitrose delivery(when the rush dies down) should see us through
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  20. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    I usually finish work early on Friday to pick her up from shopping, but considering my wife is on the frontline at the NHS I’ve decided to do my bit and limit my exposure to the outside world.

    I have offered to order online/shop for her, collect her medication (or arrange a drop off) and I’m a phone call away.

    The problem being that she isn’t taking this seriously, and when she fell ill last year (nearly died) from heart failure, which if she visited a doctor earlier, a medication for fluid on the lungs would have prevented...

    I’ve had a long chat on the phone today, and it looks like I’m getting through to her, but old habits die hard.

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