By Mike Lander on
My experiences today at BJs in Deer Park, N. Y. Overflowing parking lot. No shopping carts. Not much to buy inside when you got there on many, many items. Toilet paper, forget it. Tissues, napkins, paper towels same deal. Many foodstuffs sold out including chickens. I was lucky to get the meat I needed as the meat counter was vastly depleted. Extremely long checkout lines.
And now for the good news. People seem to be pulling for each other. Civility not seen since at least 9/11. We’re all in the same boat now, and everyone seems to realize it. I would argue that nothing has been seen like this since World War II. Then there was rationing and price gouging and shortages of all kinds. A black market for certain goods. We are not that far away from that right now. I was quoted $60.00 the other day for a medium bottle of hand sanitizer. Fortunately we have a supply at home bought before the deluge. They used to laugh at us for stockpiling goods at home. Not anymore. Just what do you do when you run out of toilet paper or any of its substitutes? I could only think of Russians lining up for toilet paper, shoes and other difficult to find goods in the former Soviet Union shortly before it collapsed. People would spend hours a day waiting in line not knowing even what they were waiting for. Many times they would resort to trading or bartering the goods they received. Perhaps some good will come out of all of this. We will learn to appreciate what we have been taking for granted. Maybe will will understand why people travel thousands of miles risking their lives just to get to the United States.
“Coronavirus“; Der Park, N. Y. (March 12, 2020).