Hand Sanitizer Hoarders Trying To Make A Quick Buck Off Coronavirus Are Getting Shamed By Twitter

A man named Matt Colvin has become the face of coronavirus opportunism after submitting to an interview and photoshoot with the New York Times about his attempts to hoard hand sanitizer during a pandemic. It’s not clear why Colvin chose to expose himself like this, but in the interview he says he’s been unable to sell the sanitizer because eBay and Amazon recently shut down price gouging sellers of essential supplies for battling viruses. Boo hoo. Maybe he thought this interview would help him move the product, but it’s actually just moved the Internet against him.

Colvin and his brother Noah worked say they read the writing on the wall and decided to team up. After the first death in the U.S. was announced, they cleared out every store in Chattanooga of hand sanitizer and wipes, then drove about 1,300 miles across Tennessee and Kentucky for the next three days, hitting up the smaller stores in rural areas, places where it’s even harder for people to get what they need. He then posted 300 bottles of hand sanitizer for sale on Amazon between $8 and $70 each and immediately sold them all.

The day after that, Amazon pulled his sales and he’s real sad about it. The internet’s not:

People are calling Colvin the worst kind of person, the sort who attempts to profit off their neighbors in times of need:

Though some people want to be fair to Colvin by saying that he is basically doing what he’s been taught to do by American culture:

Colvin has defended himself by saying he was trying to do something good, telling the NYT, “I honestly feel like it’s a public service. I’m being paid for my public service.”

But it’s not! It’s, in fact, illegal, as many people have been warning online:

Colvin’s being paid for what he’s done all right. Now he can’t sell the product and has said he’s considering donating it. After all this, even donating the sanitizer might not clear Colvin’s name. Chattanooga is gonna seem like a real small town for that family this month.

Update: The Tennessee State Attorney General’s office has seized one-third of Colvin’s stash to redistribute to those in need. According to reports, the remaining two-thirds went to a local church.