On Thu, 19 Mar 2020 at 13:38:42, Chris J Dixon <***@cdixon.me.uk>
Post by Chris J Dixon
The disappearance of stocks of flour of all kinds makes me wonder
I had a shopping run into Ashford this afternoon; I went to Lidl and
Tesco. (This isn't despicable bulk-buying; I usually go to Lidl for the
main shop, then Sains or T for things Lidl doesn't have - usually Sains
as they have a caff, but that's shut for the moment.)
No milk or bread - not UHT, not even powdered. (I don't know if you can
still _get_ powdered - my mum used to keep a "bottle" of it in case she
ever ran out.) Even teacakes. The stores weren't particularly busy - and
people being very polite. (The checkout people told me it'd been hectic
earlier in the day - and also that the shelves had been full.)
What I found just as interesting was the things that _were_ there - i.
e. what people _weren't_ buying. I could have had as many strawberries
as I wanted (currently from Spain), or raspberries; a lot of vegetables
_were_ out (e. g. baby plum or cherry tomatoes), but there were plenty
of radishes (I buy radishes); in ready meals and the like, the vegan
options were plentiful; in microwave popcorn, the cinnamon box was full.
Plenty of limes, peaches/netarines. In breakfast cereals in Lidl, their
box of Shreddies-alike was nearly full, with most of the others gone.
Plenty of beef steaks, but very little pork (I guess that's on price).
Lots of Pot Noodle type products. Very little in tins (baked beans ad
the like). Plenty of vitamin B variants, and multivitamins, but no C.
Even ibuprofen (plenty of Nurofen, but even some Tesco own-brand), but
no paracetamol (or I think aspirin). Cold powders no blackcurrant, but
lemon. Lots of cakes, but no buns of any sort - except hot-cross in Lidl
(wish I'd got some; I wanted teacakes though, which I knew Lidl didn't
have anyway). The "free from" aisle well stocked (I'm guessing as it
costs more; I don't know, as I have no need for such). Soft drinks - the
2 litre bottles - mostly cola in its various incarnations (though I
think full-sugar wasn't evident, only diet). Quite a lot of Easter eggs.
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