It always seems that crisis brings out the best and worst in people. It does not really change people. It tends to magnify what is good and what is bad. This is a story of the latter. Police are looking for his woman after she allegedly sprayed a Walmart cashier in the eyes with Lysol after being told that there was a limit on the number of cans that could be purchased during the pandemic. Police in Leicester put out this picture for the woman who could find herself in the can instead.
Police in Florida arrested Stephen Fanelli after he allegedly assault a cashier clerk at a Dollar Tree after she chided him for cutting the line and not respecting social distancing.
Police say that the Massachusetts assault took place at the Walmart Supercenter in Leicester on March 27 after the cashier simply informed the shopper of the store limit. She then reportedly got into an Uber, which should make it easier for police to track her.
There is still a great deal of pandemic shopping going on. My wife went to the store last week when the store restocked toilet paper. A woman ran up and filled her cart with all of the stocked paper. An elderly lady asked if she really needed all of the toilet paper and that for elderly people it was difficult to get such essentials. The woman simply said she was buying for neighbors and took off.
One of the most disturbing and weirdly fascinating aspects of this pandemic is the continued shortage of toilet paper and things like bottled water. The fact of the shortage has fueled the continued pandemic shopping. If people would relax briefly, the shelves would again be full and a steady supply would resume. However, it is the panic shopping of others that is leading others to panic shop. At least bank runs are based on an understandable fear of losing one’s money. This is one product picked almost randomly and arbitrarily for a panic shopping spree.
The water is bizarre. There is no suggestion of contamination of the water supply. Yet, people are rushing to buy water like we have cholera outbreak.
Few people however respond to a limit on lysol with a criminal battery.