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Crowe

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Posted: 03/20/20 05:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We eat out pretty much every Friday night and quite often on Saturdays as well and sometimes at lunch on the weekend. I never know where we will be so it's just easier. We've decided that at least on Friday night we will do take-out from one of the local restaurants. This will give me a break from cooking but more importantly will help them survive.


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We seldom eat out. Wife is a most excellent cook and I'm too cheap [emoticon] We're getting take out a lot more now to help support some of the local businesses that we do occasionally visit in normal times.

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Posted: 03/20/20 08:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm trying to get takeout twice a week to support local mom & pop restaurant's as well. Don't want to lose them.

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I've been contemplating the empty store shelves and some of the comments here jive with what I've concluded. Indeed some of the shopping may be for overstocking peoples cabinets, but another factor is the closure of restaurants. Think of it this way. Even if you used to eat dinner out only once a week, if you're eating all your meals at home that means you need 15% more food from the grocery store every week. There are also a lot of people who grab lunch from a drive thru or a food truck. Suddenly they are making five more lunches every week. These additional meals mean a surge in grocery shopping and the stores will take time to catch up.

Agreed there was a lot of toilet paper hoarding initally, but the same thing applies. People used to spend 8 hours a day at work and the kids were at school eight hours a day, using someone elses supply of TP. Everyone's at home now, so plan on 50% increase in TP need at every house in the country.

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Posted: 03/21/20 03:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agree that certain consumption will go up (I have two more people at home during the week now) but that does not explain people who have 6-12 months worth of tp at home, nor does it explain there's no frozen foods, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, chicken, etc. There's no "initially"-it is still continuing. Allergies are kicking in early this year so I went to Walgreens about 12:45. People were already waiting for the 2:00 truck to come in with the hopes it had toilet paper on it. I spoke to a gentleman at Sam's Thursday-he had bought bulk at a janitorial supply house (96 rolls) and had gotten more at the grocery store-for 2 people. Increased consumption at home is responsible for some but mostly it's just plain greed.

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4runnerguy wrote:

I've been contemplating the empty store shelves and some of the comments here jive with what I've concluded. Indeed some of the shopping may be for overstocking peoples cabinets, but another factor is the closure of restaurants. Think of it this way. Even if you used to eat dinner out only once a week, if you're eating all your meals at home that means you need 15% more food from the grocery store every week. There are also a lot of people who grab lunch from a drive thru or a food truck. Suddenly they are making five more lunches every week. These additional meals mean a surge in grocery shopping and the stores will take time to catch up.

Agreed there was a lot of toilet paper hoarding initally, but the same thing applies. People used to spend 8 hours a day at work and the kids were at school eight hours a day, using someone elses supply of TP. Everyone's at home now, so plan on 50% increase in TP need at every house in the country.


Excellent point. Don't like all this hoarding, but now it sort of make sense, except for the radicals.


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Kids back home said they went o several food stores and found no meat,in one the Butcher said they work all night but as soon as the meat is put in the cases it is taken out by Customers.
Like we hear elsewhere the fast foods, are carry out only and dining rooms locked except McDonalds who will let you in to use the bathrooms.
Restaurants are said to be closed but Denny's was open the other day when we passed by.
Over in Nevada, if no one else has posted it, all the Casinos and Restaurants are closed. Laughlin is a ghost town,

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All this TP talk got me thinking: Since virus testing is so spotty, if TP is allowed to be returned to stores from untested folks ... I wonder how much of it will have some virus bugs still on the outside of the packages such that the rest of us would definitely not want to very soon after buy TP becuz some of it may be from returns with the bug on it? [emoticon]


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My local supermarket has signs at the registers advising people to consider their purchases because there are no returns of items purchased during certain dates.


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opnspaces wrote:

My local supermarket has signs at the registers advising people to consider their purchases because there are no returns of items purchased during certain dates.
I believe are Walmart is not allowing returns on TP and hand sanitizer.

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