People Are Hoarding…Again!

People are going Loco over toilet paper and antiseptics again! I don’t get it. How much toilet paper and antiseptics do a person need? Didn’t we have months to prepare? Hoarding these items won’t stop the COVID-19 community outbreaks but rushing to the stores like it’s Black Friday post Thanksgiving sale will have people infected for sure. Haven’t we realized stores are indoor places that can suspend the highly contagious COVID19 infected droplets in the air for a few hours and several days on surfaces asymptomatic infected people touched? What makes it different from the indoor restaurants, bars and gyms our local leaders forced to close again? It’s the same!!!


Yes, there might be another lockdown, we’re already on a modified Stay-at-Home and closures of businesses here in California but it shouldn’t be a reason to panic and be greedy. There will be enough food, water, and yes, toilet paper for everyone if we all learn to share and leave some for others.

Lesson of Sharing and Good Karma

My 15-year old had been collecting basketball cards. They are not easy to find in stores now as it became a hot item during this pandemic. One day, he found 3 boxes of Rookie basketball cards at Target. He was so excited. When it’s time to pay up at the cashier, I saw him holding just one box. I asked him why he didn’t get all of it. His reply was something many of us has forgotten including myself, “Well, I left it for others to find so they can have one too, and so that they will also leave some for me to find one day.”

My son is teaching me a lot of things that once were familiar when I was younger. That alone is a huge blessing. That alone is a reason to be thankful and be appreciative.

I know it’s been a really a bad year, but it shouldn’t be a reason to forget our humanity, our values, of kindness that truthfully is the only way to survive this pandemic.

“I want to see my family,” said one of the travelers when asked why she is traveling despite of the recommendation not to with the height of the COVID-19 U.S. outbreak. Despite of knowing the possibility of infecting their friends and family, millions will choose to travel this Thanksgiving. In 3-4 weeks post Thanksgiving, there is a high chance some will not see those love ones again next Thanksgiving. Our choices and actions have consequences. We need to own it if we are the cause of someone losing their health or life. We can’t blame others anymore. We are part of the problem this surge has gotten out of hand. Image from The Washington Post.

Anyways, there is online shopping. It’s super safe, hassle free and lots of gas savings. Instead of wasting precious time going to the stores, spend time for yourself and your family because they are the most valuable blessing nowadays. Create early family holiday traditions that brings more joy to you and the people you love because we don’t know what will happen next year.

Panicking is one of the worst feeling. We bought these supplies post Spring Lockdown, so now we’re just chillin and taking our time. I don’t have much space for months of toilet paper.

Share. Share. Share.

A happy generous heart feels so much better than the discomfort of over eating or the mental stress of not cleaning enough.

Sorry for not replying yet to your comments. Been very busy with work and all. I promise to catch up next week. Requested few days off to spend time with family. And yes, we are following the request of our leaders to NOT attend any Thanksgiving gatherings. Besides, no good food and Turkey are worth being sick of COVID-19 or getting others sick. Not worth it at all!

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23 Responses to People Are Hoarding…Again!

  1. SalGallaher says:

    You have love and a beautiful family in your life. Let that keep you grounded.
    This year has truly been a terrible year for many. It has also been a teacher year. All the things that have happened have tested us, made us rethink how we live and hopefully made us grow.
    I wish you peace, safety and health for the days ahead. Stay positive my friend.


  2. restlessjo says:

    What a lovely boy! 🙂 🙂 I know I’ve said that before. I’m not a panic buyer. Our local restaurants will continue to sell takeaway food if my supplies run out, and they need the custom. Despite your warnings I’m not sure if I’m going to return to the UK for a few days at Christmas. We’ve had flights booked for months and the date is getting nearer and I’m still undecided. Our son will have the final word. He lives in the city centre in Leeds and doesn’t want to put us at risk. We felt relatively safe here in the Algarve but a friend is now on a ventilator, critically ill, and we are all praying for him. Who knows which of us will be here next year, whatever the cause? We try to act responsibly. I hope that you can enjoy a peaceful Christmas with your family.


  3. empyreansong says:

    Your son is wise. Kudos to you and your wife for raising him well.


  4. You always hit the nail on the head about this pandemic! I enjoy that about your writing.


  5. ourcrossings says:

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to be a lot different this year. As much as I would love to see my family and friends, we are not planning to participate in any family gatherings. Covid is still at large, and I have no desire whatsoever to get sick.

    The second wave of pandemic brought a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. We don’t have to appear to be strong to cope with things, but we can’t lose our integrity over toilet paper either. I’m glad to hear you gonna be able to spend some quality time with your family. Your sons story was so heartwarming 🧡


  6. Halbarbera says:

    Empty shelves often means emptier heads!


  7. Ab says:

    People are going crazy again! Our province just announced a 28 day modified lockdown today and I can already sense that this weekend is going to be a nightmare in the groceries. Thankfully we then to stock up our groceries and supplies ahead of time.

    Your sons story is a wonderful one. Must have been raised by superb parents! 😊

    Hang in there. The next few weeks are going to be super rough. But Christmas will be here soon and a time to pause and to celebrate.

    Take care!


  8. rkrontheroad says:

    You have raised a wise, kind child. Kudos to you!


    • I think when we are generous to our kids and truly wish their happiness without expectations , they do the same for others. I’m thankful and blessed that he is growing up right because I’m a very imperfect parent. Thanks 🙏

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  9. Fear, it is pure fear. We humans or most of us live in perpetual dread. Hardly surprising given the fragility of our existence and the sheer struggle needed to survive.


    • It’s ironic that people hoard as soon as they hear lockdown but not scared that their community has widespread COVID-19 infection. We were given months to prepare as well as months of warnings but people ignore them.

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  10. Your son has a great attitude. You taught him to be unselfish 😊


  11. I noticed the same thing here in S Florida, it’s unbelievable we’re back to square 1 again. But I like what your son did. What goes around, comes around and he will be blessed for his kindness, it will definitely come back to him. I only wish everyone could learn that valuable lesson. Enjoy your weekend!


    • Thanks. The difference between Spring restrictions and now is that many intentionally are refusing to do them despite of Science and Truth. Regardless if we are doing our part or not, everyone will suffer the outcome. We need a Christmas miracle and the vaccine is not that miracle, it people changing hearts 360 degrees. Stay safe.

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  12. Robyn says:

    I noticed the same thing here. It makes me feel anxious. I didn’t want to go through the crazy stores again!


  13. Vinny says:

    Here in the UK people are starting to do similar things. Toilet rolls, hand sanitizer etc. It’s crazy times that we live in.

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