Australia Supermarket Lets Only Elderly & Disabled In To Prevent Panic-Buying But It Still Didn’t Work


Panic-buying is bad.

Not just for the country, but the hoarders and innocent people too.

Hoarders will be left with a bunch of unused stuff that loses value as each day passes.

While the people who really need the items will be left without.

Elderly & Disabled Given Exclusive Shopping Window

In Australia, panic-buying hasn’t stopped.

In fact, it got so bad that daily essentials like toilet paper, pasta, canned and tinned food have almost been wiped clean.

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Supermarkets in Australia have stepped up to the plate and offered one-hour of shopping for the elderly and the disabled exclusively.

Woolworths, a major supermarket in Australia has stopped its click-and-collect services across Australia temporarily.

They will also open their stores an hour earlier.

That extra hour is meant for elderly and other concession cardholders to shop at the supermarket.

Other shoppers will have to wait until 8am in order to start their shopping.

This initiative will last until Friday.

As for people who can’t make it to the store, the supermarket chain is planning to send “care packages” to them in their homes instead.

But People Are Still Leaving Empty-Handed

While some have reported the first day of this new initiative to be “extremely successful”


There are reports of shoppers leaving the supermarkets empty-handed across several stores.

While security guards were deployed at the doors to ensure that only eligible shoppers were allowed in early to shop, the demand was higher than expected and items still disappeared from the shelves.

Toilet paper disappeared from the shelves within 3 minutes of the store opening.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said that this is the first day of their launch and things “wasn’t perfect across” all of their stores.


They’ll persist with the dedicated shopping window throughout the week and learn as time passes by.

Other Supermarkets Joins In As Well

Well, perfect or not, it seems like other supermarkets are joining in to do their part for Australia.

It was reported that some IGA supermarkets, an American brand of grocery stores, have taken up the measure at their stores.

The Coles is also joining in and its stores will open at 7am for customers with government-issued Pensioner Concession Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Companion Card and Health Care Card.

They will also be planning deliveries to people who are “isolated and vulnerable”

Supermarket Wants Australians To Remember Their Community Spirit

Ms Peters from Woolworths elaborated on the rationale behind their move.


Every day, they are selling seven weeks’ worth of toilet paper a day.

Items are disappearing off the shelves faster than they can restock them and they see many elderly missing out on items that they really need.

“This temporary measure will give them, and those with a disability, the opportunity to shop before our stores officially open – helping them obtain the essential items they need most in a less crowded environment.”

She also asks for Australians to be kinder to each other and to think back to the sense of community they had during the Australia bushfires.

“Now – more than ever – we need to be kind to each other.”

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Australia currently has 452 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 5 deaths.

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