We are currently experiencing one of the worst worldwide outbreaks of contagious disease since the Spanish flu in 1918, although thankfully nowhere near as deadly; the Coronavirus is scaring a lot of people across the globe.
However, some see the chance to make a quick buck from a troubled society, no matter how it would affect the most vulnerable.
A case in point was on Facebook the other day, where I noticed someone selling a 100ml bottle of hand steriliser for a tenner which normally retails at 69p, and shop owners everywhere greatly inflating their prices of sanitised products. Is this entrepreneurship or skulduggery?
Now I fully understand the “supply & demand” or “it’s’ just business” comebacks but taking advantage of a national crisis where the elderly of our society are the most under threat, is in my opinion like selling secrets to the enemy in time of war; a heinous act.
Those wishing to benefit financially from a major health crisis should be vilified as soon as the current pandemic is over.
The crazy thing is that the hoarders and panic buyers don’t seem to realise is that COVID-19 virus does not cause diarrhoea so what’s the need for all the extra bum paper? And as the UK is a net exporter of both toilet rolls and sanitisers, we will not run out of these products, so the eejits that are buying a second home to stockpile loo roll to sell are in for a nasty surprise, as soon as they realise that the supermarkets can replenish their stocks daily.
Personally, I’d rather “wipe my ass with some grass” than pay over the odds!