In London, Hamish Tristram reports that greed and selfishness have hit the elderly and helpless.
The strong, the young and the greedy have been clearing supermarket shelves before the elderly and infirm get a look in.
Hamish, who is in his 70’s, says visits to the supermarket require great patience and are ‘invariably disappointing.’
‘So much for the Blitz spirit — what is on display is greed and stupidity.
‘The veil of civilised behaviour is thin’
‘If the present difficulties have done anything, they have reminded us just how thin is the veil of civilised behaviour .
‘That’s not just me by the way; (my friend) Gay is similarly disenchanted.
Hamish has seen elderly queuing in the cold and dark, hoping they will get something for the larder.
‘It’s shameful to see what has happened.
‘If this progresses there may have to be army patrols.’
However, in his latest call from London, Hamish says things could improve now that the elderly are being given preference at certain times.
And supermarkets are limiting the number of key items that customers can buy at one time.
Is it happening in NZ?
The Editor comments that we in New Zealand are not blameless either.
‘So let’s keep this picture in mind when we go shopping.’