It should be no secret to anybody by now that people around the world are panic-buying everything in sight, resulting in shortages of basic household items like toilet paper and soap. While long lines and having to drive to three separate stores just to stock your bathroom is annoying, please take a moment to spare a thought for the people who have to work in that mess.
Recently, one retail manager who simply goes by “Dan” let out some of his frustration on Twitter, and a whole flood of other managers and retail employees followed. Some of you have not been on your best behavior.
I manage a grocery store.— dan (@dadopotamus) March 14, 2020
I gotta say.
You’re all giant scumbags.
Aside from empty shelves, these brave workers on the front lines of the panic-buying are reporting shoppers screaming at them for a lack of supplies that is not the fault of low-level employees or even managers, people trying to weasel their way around purchasing limits, and extra crying.
This reporter also has associates who would like to request that people stop pretending to cough inside their shops as a joke. It wasn’t funny the first time someone did it and you’re not the first one to do it.
Mr. dan has reported that the coronavirus panic-buying is “200x worse than any Black Friday,” in case some people lack a concept of just how much awfulness retail workers have to endure before they start complaining.
Yes. I used to be a manager at Walmart for 5 years. This is 200x worse than any Black Friday.— dan (@dadopotamus) March 15, 2020
It can be difficult to resist the temptation to panic-shop when you hear that other people are doing it and you start wondering if there will ever be toilet paper again and looking up which leaves are the best to wipe with, but you have to try. Stocking up more than usual in order to limit trips to the grocery store is fine, but buying up supplies to last you months only leaves others without enough to get through the day.
Plus, you’re creating massive headaches for already over-stressed retail workers who have a rough job on a normal day. If you’re still not sure if you should jump in the Costco line, read a few of these stories:
Ten years of retail experience, and even without a “crisis” some people are terrible.
What’s worse, they act like petulant toddlers throwing a tantrum when they don’t get their way, “the customer is always right” (Ha!), right in front of their kids…
— Brian Lindberg (@BzLindberg) March 15, 2020
I *hated* the “do you have more in the back?” question? Like store performance isn’t measured on the tiniest of sales scales!?!! Our joke to each other was “Yes, we are keeping all the really good stuff in the back. We have to sell through this crap first before we bring it out.”— *clever & forgettable name here* (@OpheliasMarbles) March 15, 2020
My son works in one. He’s exposed to all of you shopping and your vitriol. He’s 16.
They have to close 3 hours early just to stock and clean.
— Alean (@Alean4) March 15, 2020
I work in a pharmacy(not a pharmacist myself) and after dealing with hoarders and screamers etc…I dislike people even more than I used to. I want to self quarantine just to get away from greedy people! #thinkaboutpeoplethatcantgetaround
— Christa Boschman(QCCEE) (@Christanthia) March 15, 2020
My daughter works in one and is appalled by people screaming at them for the lines & empty shelves. Many co-workers reduced to tears over the last couple of days. Management is now monitoring cash registers & calling customers out for bad behaviour.
— Mama Wife Concierge (@TwoLs60) March 15, 2020
I work in a grocery store, can confirm. People are crazy. We had to make a rule, you can’t buy more than 3 of the same thing.
— Ghostly Instincts (@GhostIyYT) March 15, 2020
25 years as Deli Manager and saw so many blizzards, blackouts and hurricanes that brought out the best and the worst of people.— Mark Berkow (@KramWokreb) March 15, 2020
six 14 hours days this week pic.twitter.com/BykvR7LTs2
— Raymond Noodles (@InstantRaymond) March 14, 2020
You have it waaaay worse! Grocers have teams. Convenience stores work thin and rarely are people polite in them!— Robyn 🥩 #yes2meat (@robynski) March 15, 2020
I’m a produce manager at a grocery store in Pennsylvania.
My department picked up an extra $15,000 in sales in just three days of the week.
I doubled my usual order and still ran out of bananas and potatoes.
These folks have gone mad.
— Ryan M. Farmer (@LittleKyng) March 16, 2020
My first job was in a grocery store as a cashier. I’ve worked through many a snowstorm and hurricane panic so I KNEW this was going to be a shit show when regular people got wind of it.
This is why I started buying supplies last month. 😕
— Mrs. Murdersmith (@Murdersmith) March 15, 2020
What amazes me is how many people are told there’s a limit enforced by corporate & they still try to talk their way around it. The rules don’t apply to them. “Can I speak to the manager?” I AM the manager. Multiply that times 500 people a day….AND ITS EXHAUSTING. 🤨
— Chrysta 🧼🙅🏻♀️🦠 (@chrystadawn) March 16, 2020
Had a guy yesterday ask "if we planned to re stock the shelves"— Kevin (@walkoff9) March 15, 2020
How can people be so oblivious.
I work for an ALDI grocery store. Had a guy today shove a woman out of his way so he could grab as much fresh chicken as he could and then told her, “sorry sister, this is the world we live in now.” I’m thoroughly disgusted.
— Andrew P (@AndrewP97152892) March 15, 2020
I work at grocery store also. A pretty big local chain. We have limits on our stuff but that’s only because the owners and corporate told us to. We can’t make that. And if people weren’t acting like morons on the first place it wouldn’t be an issue
— 😳 RYAN (@5H191943) March 16, 2020
My 22 year old daughter is also working the ‘front lines’ and called me crying this morning from abusive treatment. I’m feeling pretty helpless 2000 miles away. 2020 Time persons of the year – Grocery store employees
— gayle plantz #DemCast (@plantz3610) March 15, 2020
I work at in retail, at the front lanes. What I’ve seen the last week is the ugliest of the uglies.
— 💖Angie44🏀🎉😍🎉🏆 (@amkay2012) March 15, 2020
I work two jobs; adjunct college professor & part time at Sam’s Club.
Yesterday, a customer upset by the lack of shopping carts proceeded to tell me I was an idiot. My coworkers told him my other job, & I’m a member of Mensa.
The look was priceless. Then he doubled down. 🤦🏻♂️
— Papabryant (@papabryant) March 16, 2020
22 years managing a bakery. Friday broke me. Ugly.
— Leeannallama (@LeeannaEarnest) March 16, 2020
Update: One costumer did ask, the only reason they’re still alive is because one of the cop regulars we get was behind them in line.— Bonegirl321 (@bonegirl321) March 16, 2020
It could be worse. You could be managing our local Sam’s where someone got stabbed with a broken wine bottle on Thursday.
— Jonger (@Jonger81) March 16, 2020