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[Watch] Buy Soft Drink, Free Covid-19? Netizens Horrified And Shocked By Shopping Frenzy In Hypermarket

[Watch] Buy Soft Drink, Free Covid-19? Netizens Horrified And Shocked By Shopping Frenzy In Hypermarket

For these shoppers, it seems that getting a carton of Coke is worth possibly compromising their health.

Fernando Fong

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Despite the festive season being around the corner, there is absolutely no need to panic buy.

But that didn’t stop shoppers from scrambling to stock up on Coca-Cola, ostensibly over fears of missing out on a good deal.

In a couple of video recordings that went viral on social media, shoppers jostled to grab cartons of the popular carbonated soft drink often referred to as “Coke”.

Accordingly, the incident took place at a popular supermarket chain in Sitiawan, Perak.

In one of the videos, a man’s voice can be heard in the background, describing the situation as it unfolds.

Speaking in Chinese and laughing away, he described the situation as akin to ‘robbery’.

Accordingly, the cartons of Coke were sold at RM20.88 each.

To see things in perspective, the same item can be purchased online from as low as RM22.68 not inclusive of the shipping fee.

 The Battle Is Not Over

Regardless of the potential savings, big crowds should be avoided to minimize the risk of the spread of Covid-19.

Lest some of us forget, the nation is still in the Phase 4 status of the National Recovery Plan, which means that certain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) still apply.

Needless to say, netizens were horrified at how the shoppers acted individualistically, rushing to hoard goods for themselves.

They could only conclude that the shoppers are out of their minds.

Some claimed that soft drinks were also being snapped up elsewhere with a similar frenzy.

Netizens also pointed out how the shoppers only look out for themselves and were unwilling to share dwindling supplies with strangers

Apparently, shoppers ignored the purchase limit for each customer, seemingly shutting off rational thinking for a while.

A Sense Of Deja Vu

The mad rush brings back memories of the time when the pandemic first started in 2020.

People were in panic-buying while awaiting government announcements on impending quarantine measures.

First, it was face masks – understandable given how the virus spreads – but then it was groceries and toilet paper.

Despite repeated assurances from the authorities, the panic-buying would happen whenever a new round of lockdown is anticipated.

It’s as if the public does not trust the government when the latter says there is no shortage of essentials.

READ MORE: Malaysians Are Panic Buying Over Covid-19?

Perhaps, it is just an overreaction, or, it could be the fear that people are losing control of their life in the face of a threat.

In any case, irrational behavior is the last thing we need to break the Covid-19 transmission.


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