19th March 2020
“When the chips are down the true nature of humans comes to the fore, the nature of some, leaves much to be desired!“ – SueW! I couldn’t find a quote so wrote my own!
Today I’m linking my post to RDP’s Hold My Hand and as a second response to our Wednesday Challenge from Weekly Prompts.
This weekend the UK will see the official start of self-isolation for those who are vulnerable because of health problems and for the over 70’s.
My youngest daughter Sophie suffers from Asthma, and due to several childhood and teenage bouts of pneumonia, she has lung damage. Needless to say, contracting the Coronavirus could be devastating, therefore she will self-isolate at home with her five-year-old daughter Evie. To protect her from further risk, her teenage sons will stay with their father Sophie’s ex-husband.
Don’t judge a book by its cover!
This morning the first hour of shopping at Sainsbury’s supermarkets was dedicated to the vulnerable and those over 70. Sophie chose to take the opportunity to buy essentials.
Wearing her disposable gloves, Sophie collected her trolley and to stop Evie touching everything she instructed her daughter to hold her hand. Once inside the store, they began to look for the items they needed, but as more and more members of the older community began to glare and frown at her, Sophie soon began to feel very uncomfortable.
A man deliberately ran his trolley into anyone who was in his path, and a woman came up to Sophie and told her aggressively – “You have no right to be here, this hour is for the Under 70s, it’s not for you!” Sophie calmly answered “I think you mean the Over 70s, and it’s also for the vulnerable which I am!” The woman simply said ‘Oh’ and walked away without an apology.
The Empty Shelves
As a single mother, Sophie cannot afford to buy in bulk, she shops as and when required, but this week the shelves were bare. So, the other evening, eldest daughter Victoria, armed with Sophie’s shopping list, toured the supermarkets in the area in an attempt to purchase essential items for her; she managed half the items, plus a couple of treats from one sister to another!
This morning in Sainsbury’s the shelves were just as bare as they were earlier in the week, no toilet rolls, no disinfectant, no hand wash and there wasn’t even a loaf of bread! Sophie purchased eggs, butter, yoghurts and apples.
Why would Sainsbury’s offer this exclusive hour if they have nothing worthwhile to offer? Cynic as I am, I couldn’t help wondering if this gesture had more to with good publicity than good will!
Clipart supermarket (C) Ron Atkinson 2007, hands courtesy of Google.