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Confused: we can go to the supermarket but not the local independent coffee shop?

115 replies

LaureBerthaud · 18/03/2020 12:25

I'm not talking about the over 70s here.

We can go to supermarkets for essentials but can't pop to the cafe to stop me going stir crazy have a flat white.

Is that right?

OP posts:

smileyoureoncamera · 18/03/2020 14:20

I'm interacting with one place per day. @MarshaBradyo go and rant at people who are roaming five or so different supermarkets a day stockpiling.


MarshaBradyo · 18/03/2020 14:21

I’m not ranting I’m telling you you are ignoring government instruction which has consequences beyond you



MarshaBradyo · 18/03/2020 14:21

And stop being the biggest dick you can be


Scruffyoak · 18/03/2020 14:23

Some people are missing the point of limiting contact.


smileyoureoncamera · 18/03/2020 14:23

@MarshaBradyo I'm doing a yellow light activity, if you are going to do grocery shopping then you are too.


TedsFederationRep · 18/03/2020 14:23

You are interacting with every customer and every member of staff in there at the time, Smiley, and every customer and member of staff who follows you in that cafe for several days afterwards.

That hand sanitiser - is it there for you to use before you even open the door to go in? Using, you know, the door handle?

Those poor people in Salisbury were poisoned because the poison was put on their own front door handle. You do know that, don't you?


TotesGodsWill · 18/03/2020 14:24

With people like this we have no chance. Supreme selfishness in action

Food = essential
Coffee shop = not essential

Supermarket staff (at all points in the supply chain) are putting themselves at risk to keep essentials available. Coffee shop staff shouldn’t have to put themselves at risk so you can have a fancy coffee.


MarshaBradyo · 18/03/2020 14:24

Food shopping is essential as everyone has said.


TedsFederationRep · 18/03/2020 14:27

Just had an email pop up from The Spectator.

The government is considering an even tighter lockdown for London.

Now why on earth would they think that necessary? Give me a moment to think........


smileyoureoncamera · 18/03/2020 14:28

@TedsFederationRep yes. And I'm perfectly aware thank you. I will not be engaging further.


Eckhart · 18/03/2020 14:36

Carry on, @LaureBerthaud Lots of people making the same ill considered decisions will bring a lockdown sooner, and then we'll all be much safer from your flawed and hole-ridden logic.


willdoitinaminute · 18/03/2020 16:04

Lockdown is coming soon.


Graphista · 18/03/2020 16:05

As you are fit and healthy, maybe you could go shopping yourself and leave the delivery slot for someone who really needs it?


I am disabled and housebound and not able to get a delivery slot with my usual supermarket abc struggling to get supplies from others. Incredibly stressful, I also know of several friends/family that are HAVING to self isolate as they are high risk, a couple may already be infected.

So please leave online delivery slots for those who NEED them.

Such a goady thread

“Mum (who lives nearby) and I share the delivery slot.” But if YOU are fit and healthy surely you can shop in person and take things to her? Thereby freeing up a slot for someone who does really need it?

Like me, or my parents one of whom is very high risk, or my friend who’s daughter is high risk...

The selfishness of too many at the moment is utterly staggering!


poolpoolt · 18/03/2020 18:41

Do you think eventually non food shops will close?
(Topshop ,primark etc )


TedsFederationRep · 18/03/2020 19:01



LaureBerthaud · 18/03/2020 19:10

God some of you are acting like total arseholes. This is a chat forum where we can ask questions. Some of you are clearly way overinvested in this board and should take a break for your own mental health. If you're like this now, God help you when/If we go into lockdown.

@Graphista - you don't know anything about my personal circumstances so stop mouthing off about online delivery and accusing me of being goady. Mum and I live rurally, it's made sense to share an online delivery up til now.

OP posts:

Cohle · 18/03/2020 21:10

God some of you are acting like total arseholes. This is a chat forum where we can ask questions

And where others can answer you. Particularly if they think you are acting like a total arsehole.


Graphista · 18/03/2020 21:23

I also live rurally.

Do you drive?

I suspect you do so could easily go to the supermarket for both yourself and your mum, as I previously said thereby relieving pressure on the online delivery system.


CeibaTree · 18/03/2020 22:04

@nicky7654 People like you are going to force the government to put us all into lockdown :(


StewedFruit · 18/03/2020 22:16

Probably because they aren't tuned into the media as much as we are. My mum text me 3 hrs after the announcement school was closing on Friday to say just been announced. If they don't see the news on TV or get the paper they just carry on as usual


Eckhart · 18/03/2020 22:19

@Graphista When online delivery slots become available, will you be waiting a bit to let those more needy that you have a chance? Or do you class yourself as being the most in need?


Eckhart · 18/03/2020 22:22

*more needy than you, sorry.


Graphista · 18/03/2020 22:34

I'm only booking slots I definitely need I'm not booking loads of slots to reserve them.

I've largely prepped too so I'm ok for food & drink & toiletries I'm only ordering fresh food and cleaning products which I couldn't build a stock of because I have ocd and get through a lot usually and that's causing me some stress and anxiety.

In addition to the mental health stuff I also have a physical disability and other conditions that put me at high risk with this particular virus, so even if I weren't already housebound I'd need to be self isolating at this point anyway.

If everyone were being sensible. If fit & well people weren't ordering online deliveries as they're currently ok to go to the supermarket in person, if people weren't panic buying (which is not the same as prepping) then things would generally be easier for everyone.

My parents are at risk but are generally organised people, plus they're also rural more so than me where they live can't even be called a village! They're used to having stocks in just in case they get snowed in or something (we're in Scotland).

They're both in their 70's and high risk for this, my sister is getting their shopping for them (she is fit and healthy) and leaving it in the garage then texting my mum it's there. But it's really only fresh she's getting them as they've long life stuff in plus they get a regular delivery from local farm of potatoes and other veg.


Eckhart · 18/03/2020 22:39

Well that didn't answer my question but I can see your attitude so there's no need to answer it.


ScrimpshawTheSecond · 18/03/2020 22:40

An illustration of how risk is minimised.

Confused: we can go to the supermarket but not the local independent coffee shop?
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