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'It's pandemonium': virus
panic-buying hits Los Angeles

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 3/6/2020 10:32:43 PM

Los Angeles - Sprinting shoppers, rationed mineral water and not a roll of toilet paper to be seen: panic-buying sparked by the new coronavirus soared in Los Angeles this week. Two days after California declared a statewide emergency, wholesale stores visited by AFP on Friday were unable to keep up with soaring demand for a range of staple items, as citizens prepare for the worst. "It's pandemonium -- our numbers are double the usual," said Rene, an employee at a Costco supermarket in Burbank. "Today has been out of control. That's why we're out of toilet paper, out of almost all water


I'm surprised they aren't stocking up on reefer and munchies.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Highlander 3/6/2020 10:37:18 PM (No. 339045)
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Reply 2 - Posted by: droopydog 3/6/2020 10:53:46 PM (No. 339050)
Yes, I discovered this today...much to my chagrin.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lucky5 3/6/2020 10:54:48 PM (No. 339051)
Why do people think they need water? This is utterly ridiculous. My town is acting normal. In Northern Cal.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: MFM 3/6/2020 11:05:56 PM (No. 339054)
Snowflakes melt quick..And many carry over $250K in college loans in return they get tuned into dangerous zombies, for life..
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Faithfully 3/6/2020 11:08:29 PM (No. 339055)
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Reply 6 - Posted by: rockeysroomie 3/6/2020 11:42:18 PM (No. 339062)
Los Angeles Times is overreacting too. It's like they're in a theater shouting "fire"! They ought to know better.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: thewarden 3/6/2020 11:42:23 PM (No. 339063)
I went to my vet today and bought a big bag of the special Rx food one of our cats needs...because when everyone is acting stupidly, I don’t want my sweet kitty to suffer. I’m not afraid of this flu, but more concerned about the rampant, ignorant stupidity of my, stock up. Ha.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: curious1 3/6/2020 11:47:16 PM (No. 339066)
Well, LA is loaded with leftards supporting leftards, so this would be expected. Rational, logical thinking is almost non-existent in such creatures. That's why they are so easy, for the commie propaganda mills to manipulate.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: greggojo 3/6/2020 11:56:44 PM (No. 339071)
I think it might make sense for senior citizens, especially those who have had a prior illness that compromised their immune system, to stock up on non-perishable food items so that they can stay at home and away from places with crowds of people (like grocery stores and Costco). For retired people, staying home is not that hard to do. Also, although children do not appear to be susceptible to the virus, they may be carriers, so that is something to keep in mind. As the weather gets warmer, scientists are hoping the virus will either be slowed down or stopped. And, thanks to human ingenuity, a vaccine may be developed by fall.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: chumley 3/7/2020 12:19:41 AM (No. 339078)
I spent the Obama years preparing for such emergencies. No further purchases necessary.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: JediJerry 3/7/2020 1:51:09 AM (No. 339097)
Welcome to North Koreafornia.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 3/7/2020 2:15:29 AM (No. 339107)
What the heck is this nuts fixation on TP?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: kono 3/7/2020 2:25:12 AM (No. 339110)
A fair amount of this around the Bay Area. But no worse than when PG&E shut down our power for days.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 3/7/2020 4:43:19 AM (No. 339121)
If they had voted for competent government, they might be less stressed. These idiots running around with their hair on fire make L.A. a dicey place to live.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: tom7 3/7/2020 6:01:23 AM (No. 339151)
Mexifornia madness.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: MSUDoc 3/7/2020 6:37:43 AM (No. 339163)
These are the same people who feel so superior to those of us in “flyover country” who joke that the rubes in Kansas and Iowa will believe anything.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: F15 Gork 3/7/2020 7:36:19 AM (No. 339222)
If you still live in LA by choice, you’ve already got a huge problem....
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Reply 18 - Posted by: unionriverman2316 3/7/2020 7:49:38 AM (No. 339237)
I am probably not the brightest light in the string sometimes but I never heard of anyone dying for lack of toilet paper. Is this a threat now?
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Reply 19 - Posted by: dst4life 3/7/2020 8:03:02 AM (No. 339248)
#3, people are buying water believing coronavirus will start coming from their faucets. And this is scary. A breakdown in faith of water treatment facilities.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: hershey 3/7/2020 8:06:27 AM (No. 339252)
Could it be because that doofus Governor declared a state of emergency after one case??? Naw, not that reason.../sarc
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Reply 21 - Posted by: secondtimelucky 3/7/2020 8:19:59 AM (No. 339267)
we were in our Flyover Sams yesterday - lots of TP but there was a sign on the drinking water pallets limiting purchases to 5 cases per member. Good thing we were there to buy wine. Lots of that available. We'll be just fine...
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Reply 22 - Posted by: avital2 3/7/2020 8:42:25 AM (No. 339294)
saw this yesterday in San Fernando Valley - Target shelves stripped of towels, cleaning agents , etc. a week ago, things were normal. of course a case ended up at Tarzana hospital in area so that might have accelerated the panic
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Reply 23 - Posted by: udanja99 3/7/2020 8:45:46 AM (No. 339300)
More pandemonium... I live in Charleston, SC and it’s now almost impossible to find hand sanitizer here. I didn’t know about it until my manicurist told me - nail salons use it a lot and she is running out.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Strike3 3/7/2020 8:49:45 AM (No. 339305)
I can just imagine the snowflake movie stars wringing their hands and worrying that their home deliveries may be contaminated. They probably haven't seen a grocery store in years. By definition, flyover country is now the safest and best place to be. It's no wonder that all of those cheesy disaster movies take place in coastal cities. Things can turn into a nightmare overnight.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: planetgeo 3/7/2020 9:00:54 AM (No. 339318)
1) The TP hording is totally understandable given how full of shiite leftists are. 2) If you really want to stock up on vital supplies, remember: alcohol is a disinfectant. After they run out of Purell, your supplies of Cuervo and Absolut will be worth gold...AND life-saving too. 3) Remind your California neighbors who totally believe in science that leaving the borders wide open to anyone and everyone coming from poor-hygiene countries is not conducive to controlling outbreaks of deadly communicable diseases. 4) Ditto on reminding your slim, gorgeous California friends that the health benefits of Kale and baby arugula are significantly diminished when picked by hordes of wonderful, hard-working undocumented Democrats from poor-hygiene countries...particularly when the state has run out of toilet paper.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 3/7/2020 9:56:29 AM (No. 339356)
Toilet paper is very important after you leave a load on the sidewalk! Good grief!
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Reply 27 - Posted by: earlybird 3/7/2020 10:30:39 AM (No. 339401)
While talking with a person in a the eyeglass department of our Costco, somewhat east of Los Angeles, I asked her about a good time to come and see her. She said mornings were nightmarish with people lined up buying toilet paper. Maybe someone can tell me why the coronavirus would cause a toilet paper shortage… I order online and have our stuff delivered. She said that was a very good idea….
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Chuzzles 3/7/2020 10:54:23 AM (No. 339430)
Most of us are not panic buying. Stocking up on basics like canned goods and water should not be mocked. Given how so much of our products in the marketplace either come straight from China and other affected ares, or the components for products made here in the US come from those areas. We buy to make sure we can ride out the vagaries of the marketplace. Not because we are in a panic over the virus. I think it will be like a bad case of the flu, but it sure is going to disrupt things for awhile. As long as the electricity manages to stay on, I think this nation will come through this okay.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Skeptical1 3/7/2020 11:05:44 AM (No. 339446)
I'm not worried about the virus, but I am worried that I'll be inconvenienced by disruptions to my supply chain. I think others probably feel the same way. So if you suddenly realize that you don't have a good supply of something like TP in your house, it isn't unreasonable to run out and buy some. (But if you've learned how to use a hand-held bidet, then TP isn't critical.) Bottled water is good for all-purpose disaster preparedness, but the plague would have to get really bad before the water system failed. What's going on in Wuhan might be a good guide for what to expect if things get bad, and from what I've seen, people are living OK in their apartments.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Italiano 3/7/2020 11:09:49 AM (No. 339451)
I don't need toilet paper. I have the San Diego Union-Tribune. I do need beer, though.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: DVC 3/7/2020 12:01:53 PM (No. 339511)
After living through a number of hurricanes in Va and Fla over the 50s and 60s, my mother's standard comment when a hurricane was headed our way was - "Better rush down and stock up before the hoarders get it all" with a grin. I was getting ready for spring mowing, wanted to pick up my normal 20 pack of 3M N95 masks which I use while mowing our 10 acres, it keeps down my allergies from the dust and pollen stirred up. All the sources are out here, and have been for two weeks. So, I went to my woodworking supply store for a more expensive dust mask...out of them. Masks do not protect the healthy, masks are to prevent the infected from projecting particles. Washing your hands and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth will protect you. People are idiots. "I saw it on TV, so it must be true".
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Reply 32 - Posted by: DVC 3/7/2020 12:05:20 PM (No. 339516)
Soap and water are far better than any sort of alcohol, alcohol wipes, Purell, etc. This is just foolishness.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: dbdiva 3/7/2020 12:16:39 PM (No. 339537)
It seems to me that people who live in LA and other major cities in California should be more worried about the diseases that can be spread from the homeless cities, feces, rats, trash, etc that LA government is unable or unwilling to fix. Of course the media is politicizing this virus and hoping for maximum sickness in order to blame the President. They should give the same amount of attention to the extreme filth proliferating in these cities but that will never be a story they want to tell.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: judy 3/7/2020 2:08:59 PM (No. 339644)
NY just declared a state of emergency .My guess is all states run by dems will follow. The states receive BIg federal $$ when they file for state fo emergencies. Dial antibacteral soap & water is just as good as sanitizers.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: NYbob 3/7/2020 2:24:50 PM (No. 339668)
I wish there was a betting line on how many of the sudden stockpiles of cleaning supplies will ever be used. The media LOVES this hysteria and if it starts to die down they will stir it up, even if they have to stage something.
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