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Coronavirus: Chaos at supermarkets with fights and queues at dawn as buyers ignore appeals for calm

March 19, 2020

Shoppers across the country are flocking to their nearest supermarket as panic-buying continues amid the coronavirus.

 

Shelves have been stripped bare at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons, as customers attempt to purchase essential items such as toilet roll, handwash and pasta.

 

There were also violent scenes at an Iceland store in Ilford, east London earlier this week after an elderly shopper was pushed and shoved out of a packed Iceland store.

 

Shocking footage shows several staff members having an argument with the man.

 

The older man appears to be holding up the queue on the other side of the cashier and staff can be heard telling the older customer to leave the store.

 

Staff at Iceland supermarket order the elderly customer to leave the shop as chaos surrounds them (Image: News Dog Media)

 

However the unruly elderly customer accuses the male staff member of pushing him. He repeatedly shouts: “You pushed me! You pushed me!”

The car park of a Tesco Extra store in New Malden, south London is full at 06:15am on Thursday (Image: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP)

 

The quarrel quickly escalates and a female employee suddenly intervenes and tries to push the elderly man out of the store.

 

The elderly customer hits back at the female employee who shoved him (Image: News Dog Media)

He then turns around to face her and the pair start slapping and hitting each other away.

 

The older man pleads “I’m going now! I’m going now!” as the male employee manhandles him out of the store.

 

It is unknown why the argument erupted between the elderly customer and staff.

 

Many social media users sided with the older customer and criticized the Iceland staff for using violence against an elderly customer amid the current state of panic-buying.

 

 

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My view: Oh well, this #CORO-crisis seems to be bringing out the best in people. Some people are unbelievably selfish and greedy, they have no consideration for anything or the needs of their fellow human beings, people do need to calm down. 

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