People, People, People … I want you all to take a deep breath and repeat after me:
“This is not the bubonic plague, nor is it World War III. It is not the end of the world. I do not need 430 rolls of toilet paper in my garage, nor do I need 1,982 bottles of water stacked in every corner of my house. I do not need to believe every dire prediction I hear, nor do I need to stock up on booze. I do need to take sensible precautions like using hand sanitizer, washing my hands when out in public, and wiping household surfaces with disinfecting wipes. If I do those things, I will likely be fine. I will control what I can, but understand that some things are outside my control.”
For Pete’s Sake what is wrong with people???
Okay, I’m not surprised that milk, bread and eggs are in tight demand … if the weather forecast even breathes the “S-word” from November through March, it happens that the fools rush to the grocery and nearly mug other shoppers trying to get that last loaf of bread or gallon of milk. Fortunately, I bake most of my own bread and we drink very little milk. But people … toilet paper??? Seriously??? What — do you think that wiping your patootie more often will ward off the virus? (Hint: it won’t … you’ll just end up with a sore patootie)
Tide pods … y’know, laundry detergent? What — are people going to actually try eating them to disinfect their bodies? Two small packs of Tide pods were left on the shelves of my local Kroger on Friday. Amazon just sent me an email to inform me that my monthly subscribe & save order for Clorox wipes would be delayed because … because people bought them all up. Never mind that I have a standing monthly order because I clean 3 bathrooms 3 times a week, plus have 5 kitties to clean up after.
But it gets worse than the run on commodities. Yesterday morning, my young neighbor sent me a copy of a text he had received …
My friend is a 19-year-old refugee from Iraq who was frightened by this obviously spammy text and didn’t know if it was real or not, wanted to know if he was allowed to leave his home. Now why the HELL would somebody play on people’s fears at this stressful time? What is to be gained??? Did somebody think this was funny?
And then there were the brothers Matt and Noah Colvin. They thought they would rake in a nice little profit off of people’s fears, so one brother, Noah, took a 1,300-mile road trip across Tennessee and into Kentucky, filling a U-Haul truck with thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and thousands of packs of antibacterial wipes, mostly from “little hole-in-the-wall dollar stores”. The other brother, Matt, stayed home and ordered scads of hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and face masks, while preparing pallets for their arrival. The goal? To rob people blind. They purchased, for example, hand sanitizer for just over $1 per bottle, and sold it for as much as $70 per bottle. Fortunately, both Amazon and Ebay, where the brothers had accounts and were selling their wares, caught on quickly and pulled their accounts, so now the dastardly duo are left with some 17,700 bottles and nowhere to sell them. Awwww … what a cryin’ shame, eh? Seems to me the best thing to do would be give them away to people in need, but nooooo …
Think the Colvin brothers are an anomaly? Think again. Amazon said it had recently removed hundreds of thousands of listings and suspended thousands of sellers’ accounts for price gouging related to the coronavirus. One might hope that these A-holes would, being stuck with a bunch of things they cannot sell, donate them to those in need and chalk it all up to a lesson in humanitarianism, but … don’t hold your breath. These are the people who think they are somehow better, somehow more deserving than the rest of us.
I also heard that liquor stores and cannabis stores are doing a booming business, a 500% – 800% increase in revenues. Does this tell us something about our society?
Those who would profit at the expense of others from this global pandemic deserve whatever punishment they get. Who’s to blame? All of us. Yes, you. Yes, me. We allow panic to take precedence over common sense. To be sure, we have had help from the federal government, the ‘president’ who we should be able to trust, but cannot, and from the media with their voices of gloom and doom. But, at the end of the day, we are responsible for our own actions. We are adults, capable of thinking, reasoning, and capable … when we so choose … of being humans, of thinking of others. Instead, some 90% of the population, it would seem, are thinking only of themselves, how to keep themselves safe and to hell with the rest of the world, how to have a few laughs at our expense, or how to profit from our misfortune. It is times like this that I despise the human race. Times like this that I am more determined than ever that if someday I must return to earth, it will be as something other than a human.
I am human, and thus yes, I am concerned about the coronavirus. My daughter is a nurse who works with sick people every day, so naturally I am concerned for her. I am 68 years old and have health issues, so I am in that “highest risk” group. But you know what? There’s a difference between being concerned and panicking. I’m not stockpiling anything, and while I am taking reasonable precautions, such as washing my hands when in public, I am not locking myself in my home. I will go out to dinner with the girls this evening, and mid-week I will go to the grocery in hopes that there is still a chicken and a bag of rice left. I will be responsible for my own fate and help others to the extent that I can. I will be able to live with my own conscience. We cannot live in a bubble, friends.