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White House: ‘Unnecessary for Americans
to Hoard Daily Essentials’

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Posted By: Imright, 3/15/2020 5:26:18 PM

The White House on Sunday reassured Americans that it was “unnecessary” to hoard grocery items in the wake of the coronavirus.“Supply chains in the United States are strong, and it is unnecessary for the American public to hoard daily essentials,” the White House said in a statement announcing that President Donald Trump spoke with over two dozen grocery store and supply chain executives. The president spoke to the executives about the importance of keeping the shelves stocked and thanked them for their efforts to keep the public supplied around the country. “The President reminded the participants that this is an all-of-America approach

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Highlander 3/15/2020 5:29:17 PM (No. 347370)
It’ll most likely be necessary if the democrats take complete control of this country.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird 3/15/2020 5:38:09 PM (No. 347381)
I just talked with the nice manager of our Vons market, where I usually pick up my online grocery orders. They cannot do mine until Wednesday afternoon (in the past, same day was often available). He said they are pretty well cleaned out and will do their best to fill my order come Wednesday. Haven’t been to Aldi’s but my son said theirs is limiting milk, canned goods and other items. All of the stores should have done that from the first realization that hoarding was happening.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: privateer 3/15/2020 5:39:01 PM (No. 347382)
He might have said: there no reason to think that these Soviet/Venezuela style empty shelves will persist. We haven't elected a communist president...yet (looking at you Bernie!) or an idiot...hello Joe, whadaya know?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 3/15/2020 5:50:23 PM (No. 347388)
Yeah, this hoarding behavior is getting out of hand. My neighbor reports that chest and upright freezers are now in short supply. He tried to buy one at Best Buy and they were sold out. I can see the need to ensure adequate supply of things like prescription meds, etc,, but, agree the administration should keep re-assuring people there is no need to hoard things like a years supply of toilet paper. Hoarding bread is useless - it will either mold or if you freeze it, its shelf life is only a couple of months. Unfortunately, the msm continues to create panic as much as it can because damaging Trump is more important.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 3/15/2020 5:55:44 PM (No. 347399)
Thank you, Mr. President, a voice of sanity and leadership in the sea of lunatics with microphones and keyboards.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: MattMusson 3/15/2020 6:02:14 PM (No. 347406)
Americans are currently buying at 30% over Dec 23rd rates (annual high point). Stores literally cannot get enough trailer loads to retailers to keep up. Retailers are closing early to try and catch up.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: LadyHen 3/15/2020 6:18:25 PM (No. 347429)
Dh was at our local Kroger yesterday. We needed some odds and ends. He kept sending me pics of ravaged and ransacked shelves. Dog food, cat litter, oatmeal, canned goods. While there a stocker came up to the canned goods aisle looking bemused. He told dh he had set out a pallet shortly before only now to return to an empty pallet and piles of plastic wrapping strewn all over the aisle. People have gone bat guano crazy!!!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: bighambone 3/15/2020 6:48:44 PM (No. 347447)
It is the 24/7 media reports that have caused a panic, it started with toilet paper, and has now spread across all groceries. If those media outlets were in existence during the Second World War, President Roosevelt and Prime minister Churchill would never have been able to successfully carry out the Normandy Invasion, as once the media found out something was up, they would have sent their representatives to ask the Nazis how they felt about such an invasion coming against their forces in Normandy!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: planetgeo 3/15/2020 7:00:58 PM (No. 347455)
1) Place a reasonable limit on quantities purchased by any given customer. 2) Keep those shelves stocked. 3) Arrest price gougers on the black market. There's nothing that causes panic like totally empty shelves.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DVC 3/15/2020 8:04:09 PM (No. 347498)
#9, I politely but strongly disagree with your third item. Please read what the esteemed Dr. Walter Williams has to say on that topic.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: JL80863 3/15/2020 9:54:28 PM (No. 347569)
The vast majority of Americans know we are not going to run out of food. That's not the point. What concerns many is the uncertainty that they will be able to shop for the items they might need when they need them. Consider all of the changes and restrictions in place today compared to last week. The transportation industry, wholesalers and retailers are already reporting a labor crunch. Mandatory closures have been popping up adding to the sense of uncertainty. The pundits are oh so quick to pronounce "hoarding" rather than prudent preparations for an unknown immediate future.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: 4Justice 3/15/2020 9:59:44 PM (No. 347575)
#10, that is a totally different issue. That was a localized disaster, not a crazy unnecessary panic where people will take advantage of others (usually poor people who live check to check) by buying up everything in town then reselling it at a 300-400% profit. One cannot compare the two.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 3/15/2020 10:14:19 PM (No. 347585)
Too late. :( The media started it, and the state of emergency only re-affirmed it.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 3/15/2020 11:47:48 PM (No. 347631)
#13, I will respectfully disagree, locality has zero to do with the concept of pricing things to distribute them more rationally in shortage times. I'll stand with Dr. Williams, a brilliant economist who resists the easy indignation of those who find that their favorite item is "over priced" in time of shortages, and feel somehow entitled to getting unavailable goods at bargain prices. Laws of supply and demand still work in times of short supply and excess demand, regardless of whether we like the result or not. IMO the only way this is unfair is if some large player CREATES an artificial shortage by purchasing extreme quantites of an item and holding it off the market with the intent of creating a shortage. That IS different, but in most cases, can't be accomplished or sustained.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 3/16/2020 2:04:22 AM (No. 347658)
If citizens are all going to get sick and die, why stock up ? How much can you eat if you are sick? At the end of the crisis, everyone will be fat or pregnant. They shouldn't have to stock up again in hurricane season.
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