If you live in London, it’s a hard time for toilet roll hunters. For a couple of weeks now, toilet paper has become the favoured prey of seemingly uncontrollable hoards of irrational stockpilers in the country, leaving many supermarkets in a daily apocalypse-like situation of decimated shelves.
Stefano Fasano, Al Arabiya English
However you see it, the problem is real. Some very basic goods such as pasta, bread or flour have been missing from many shelves for a week or more now – and not because of a fault in the supply chain. As a consequence, some people’s panic-buying is starting to hit those who cannot work around supermarkets’ peak times or make their way through the crush hard: frontline health workers, and elderly people.