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Old 24th Sep 2021, 11:06
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Panic Buying

Just been past my local Tesco. Delays on all access roads because people are queuing up to buy petrol.

Tesco don't have shortages themselves, but a couple of stories in the press make it seem there are big problems for all suppliers.

Best they stock up on toilet roll whilst they are there...
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 11:14
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Human psychology 101, wherever there is deemed to be a shortage there will be people rushing in to make sure they have enough to survive. Ironically most of the worst offenders are already overfed and overstocked, which causes those in more need to have less chance to provide enough for themselves.

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Old 24th Sep 2021, 11:19
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Human psychology #2 : people will panic buy something wherever they perceive the largest empty spaces on the shelves. Hence toilet rolls.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 12:09
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Had a chuckle today. Man from the Petrol Retailers on the TV saying there is no need to panic buy, If there is no fuel at one petrol station, chances are there will be some at the next. After all says he "There are plenty of petrol stations - it is not as if you have to drive half an hour to get to the next one". I don't think he is from round here.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 12:17
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Looked up G**gle to see where I could get E5 for the TVR, it said Callander, which surprised me because they didn't do 99 octane last time I was there. On the way up to Rannoch Moor I took a look, and sure enough they now have 99 octane/E5 pumps. BUT, when I actually called in to refuel on the way back, they were fresh out of that fuel!
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 14:50
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I guess those EV drivers have a chuckle today...
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 15:25
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Well I can get to the shops and three filling stations and back on battery alone so I can wait at least until the lights start going out too.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 15:31
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Always the same, journalists making mountains out of molehills'
Journo puts out scare story warning of massive fuel shortages and it gets blown up out of all proportiion.

But how about the eruption on La Palma? About 20 years ago there was a prediction on what I vaguely recall was a science programme warning that 'in the near future' it was likely that a volcanic eruption in the Canaries (I think it was Hierro rather than La Palma) would cause most of the island to collapse into the sea, the resulting tidal waving causing a tsunami which would swamp New York and the eastern seaboard of the USA.
Anyone remember this story? La Palma is only about 40 miles north of Hierro.which has encountered volcanic disturbances since 2013
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 15:44
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What is really disappointing is that it has been the BBC in the vanguard of the scaremongering over fuel shortages, they started yesterday afternoon on the news website and the print media picked up and ran with the story overnight. They then compounded the problem with having a reporter at a filling station (that actually had fuel, and where queues were virtually non existent) on BBC Breakfast this morning The BBC has been doing their best to nudge people towards panic buying ahead of Christmas too, that was in a story, again on the news website I think on Wednesday. In a previous era the BBC would never have been so "tabloid" in their news coverage, but sadly BBC News has gone right down the pan in the way it dumbs stuff down in recent years.

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Old 24th Sep 2021, 15:55
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The local Morrisons was blitzed this morning, queues in all directions. I actually needed fuel, being about 20 miles before light on time. I found a garage in a village and was third in line. By the time I had put some in the line had grown to ten. I think a lot of these people could get to christmas on a full tank.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 16:00
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That's the problem with 24hr news - thay've got to have something to talk about whether they there's a story or not. Of course you could always do fewer stories in more depth. I gave up on the Today programme because I got fed up with interviews being cut short because we are "running out of time". Now, if the same thing is happening every day, maybe...
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 16:24
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We can blame the media for this with their outrageous headlines. Also I read that 5m EU nationals applied and got a right to remain yet the way the media has portrayed it all 5million went home.

What has happened though is that with a then unlimited supply of cheap Eastern European labour U.K. workers have left the industry. A friend of mine did pay for his own HGV training a few years ago but then could not get a driving job as he had no experience so he left the industry having never worked in it.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 17:28
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Baaaaaa! Traffic jam outside my house because of all the nitwit sheep panicking in case they haven't quite got enough fuel to take little Tyson to his extreme knitting practice tomorrow morning... Queue of a dozen or so vehicles sufficient to obstruct the road because of a lengthy traffic island. Baaaaaaaa! My buddies at the petrol station haven't had it this good in quite some time I expect.

Edit: let the hooting begin...
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 17:43
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We can blame the media for this with their outrageous headlines.
Up to and including the DT. Heaven forfend that the media should tell people that the government has screwed up ............ yet again.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 17:51
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It is all right shouting that we should import HGV drivers from the EU but what are their skill levels like? A British HGV driver has to go through a severe driving and regulations test whereas what does an EU driver has to do. Get an HGV licence to go with his military driving licence when he leaves the Army?
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 18:00
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It seemed to work pre-Brexit and pre-Covid. Has anything changed?

P.S. It also worked for doctors, dentists, nurses, care workers, meat processors and agricultural workers too. Sometimes you need to recognize when you have screwed up and start sorting out the mess for the good of all.

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Old 24th Sep 2021, 18:25
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And there’s that arrogant British exceptionalism that helped get the UK in this mess in the first place…
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 18:49
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Effing panic buyers. I'm trying to stockpile and can't get anything now.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 19:26
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Me dogs never had it so good today. He's been on 3 walks today from the house to the park round and back. one route takes me past my local big 4 petrol station that has had fuel all day, but this did not stop the Sheep ' needing fuel' in vast numbers. So I deliberately walked the dog, safely, through the forecourt and noted the number of sales that were less than 10... I noted 14 less than that value with one being 2,95.. yes could have been for a fuel can, ....Well there's your problem...
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 19:41
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Did that worry keep you up nights when EU drivers were delivering your food for the last 25 years?
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