'Got to be kidding': Coles shopper blasted for 'selfish' act

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Footage has surfaced of what appears to be from inside a supermarket in Adelaide where shoppers have once again started panic buying after a coronavirus outbreak in the city.

A cluster of Covid-19 cases grew again on Tuesday after an infected traveller was believed to have passed the virus onto a staff member in hotel quarantine, who then infected their family members.

The news appeared to have struck fear in South Australians as images of bare shelves have again been circulating online.

One man has been captured inside a Coles supermarket appearing to stack his trolley to a towering height with several packs of Sorbent toilet paper.

Adelaide Coles shopper piles trolley with toilet paper.
This Coles shopper was shamed online for taking so many packs of toilet paper. Source: Instagram/adelaideshittest

Either the shopper couldn’t resist the current $10 special price or he was stocking up in case the state gets thrust into a strict lockdown, similar to that experienced in Melbourne.

Regardless of his motive, people online were not happy with what they saw, labelling his behaviour “selfish” and unnecessary.

“What an awful selfish person,” one person wrote after the video was shared to Instagram.

“Why are these idiots buying so much stuff they probably won’t even use unless they’re gonna s*** their pants every 0.3 seconds?” another said.

Some were confused at why supermarkets had yet to re-introduce limits on buying certain items.

“You'd think that they would have put out restrictions as soon as we got some confirmed cases to help prevent this,” a third person wrote.

“Why are they letting [people] purchase that much?” someone else said.

Yahoo News Australia has contacted Coles for comment on the matter.

Toilet paper shelves inside an Adelaide Coles shown bare.
The Coles shelf was shown completely empty of toilet paper. Source: Instagram/adelaideshittest

A host of coronavirus restrictions have been reimposed across the state as a result of the emerging cluster.

From Tuesday, all gyms, recreation centres and play cafes will close for two weeks with community sports fixtures and training cancelled.

Funerals and family gatherings will be capped at 50 people, and all church gatherings at 100 people.

Pubs, clubs and restaurants will be limited to 100 people along with all other public gatherings.

All venues or functions must abide by a rule of one person to each four square metres.

Masks will be mandatory for workers in personal care businesses and for workers in aged care if physical distancing is not possible.

Aged care workers will be limited to just one site, but schools will remain open.

The government has also asked all people to work from home if they can and to reconsider unnecessary travel of any kind.

With AAP

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