Mum in tears as coronavirus panic-buyers leave her with no milk to feed newborn

A new mum burst into tears when she was unable to find formula milk for her newborn baby after panic-buyers stripped a supermarket bare.

Shops across the UK are struggling to keep up with demand as customers pile their trolleys high with basic necessities during the coronavirus crisis sweeping across the globe.

Milk, bread, medicine and cleaning products were nowhere to be found in the Asda branch in Govan, Glasgow, and a staff member told Gemma Connolly about the sobbing mum.

The young woman was in tears at not being able to find any milk for her three-day-old baby, Glasgow Live reports.

Gemma said: "The place was stripped bare, it was awful.

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"There were no basics in the store – toilet paper, bleach, milk, bread, just every day items.

"I spoke to a young guy who told me that a woman with a three day old baby was in tears because she couldn't find powdered milk, it's just outrageous.

"He also said an old lady had been in earlier looking for toilet roll and there was none left, she said she only needed one roll and the poor guy couldn't do anything to help here because it was all gone.

"It's absolutely disgusting the way people are behaving, it's like some kind of apocalypse is coming, it's unacceptable."


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The 34-year-old businesswoman had a similar experience at her local brand of Lidl and eventually managed to pick up some milk from a garage near her Glasgow harbour home.

She added: "There is so much selfishness out there just now, what on earth people are planning to do with mountains of I have no idea."

Panic-buying has been so problematic that Aldi has put in restrictions so that shoppers will only be allowed to purchase four units of all products.

The company's customers have been stockpiling toilet roll, pasta, hand wash, sanitiser gels and pain killers leaving vulnerable people unable to buy what they need during their weekly shop.

Many other supermarkets have placed limits on certain items which are in high demand – but it is believed Aldi is the first supermarket to place the restrictions an all products.

Food retailers have urged customers to shop responsibly in a joint letter to consumers in a bid to ensure there's enough food for everyone.

The British Retail Consortium said they are working around the clock to keep the nation fed.

The letter said: "We know that many of you are worried about the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

"We want to let you know that we are doing everything we can so that you and your families have the food and essentials you need."

The letter added: "But we need your help too.

"We would ask everyone to be considerate in the way they shop.

"We understand your concerns, but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without.

"There is enough for everyone if we all work together.

"Together we can make sure we are looking out for family, friends, neighbours.

"Together we will care for those around us and those who are elderly, vulnerable or choosing to remain at home."

Firms are working closely with the Government and suppliers, and have arranged more store deliveries to ensure shelves are stocked, the letter added.

And outlets with online delivery and click-and-collect services are running them at full capacity.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: "Retailers are working incredibly hard to keep shops well stocked and deliveries running as smoothly as possible.

"In the face of unprecedented demand as a result of coronavirus, food retailers have come together to ask their customers to support each other to make sure everyone can get access to the products they need."

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