Desperate shoppers were forced to wait in a queue stretching over 100 metres outside a supermarket before it had even opened its doors. Customers
Desperate shoppers were forced to wait in a queue stretching over 100 metres outside a supermarket before it had even opened its doors.
Customers were seen waiting in a long line in the car park and around the block of a Pak’nSave supermarket in Māngere, South Auckland on Thursday morning.
Essential services including doctors, banking and supermarkets are still open in New Zealand, but Jacinda Ardern has urged residents to only go shopping if there are ‘immediate needs’.
Customers were seen waiting in a long line in the car park and around the block of Pak’nSave (pictured) in Māngere, South Auckland on Thursday morning
Clendon and Papakura also saw similar queues of shoppers outside their supermarkets, NZ Herald reported.
Antoinette Laird, Head of Corporate Affairs for Pak’nSave operator Foodstuffs NZ confessed that there were days the supermarkets were packed, but said people were adhering to the social distancing rule.
‘At some stores the queues can be long – which is why we remind people to only visit the supermarket for essential items when absolutely necessary,’ she said.
Ms Laird suggested that before heading out, everyone checks their fridge and pantry.
‘Then ask the question – do I have enough in my cupboard to makes the meals for today? If the answer is yes, then don’t go to the supermarket,’ Laird said.
‘If the answer of no, then by all means venture out, with a list and shop swiftly while adhering to the physical distancing requirements.’
Shoppers lined up outside the supermarket before its doors had even opened to get their hands on items during the coronavirus lockdown
The New Zealand government has been looking at price gouging as prices for popular items soared.
They launched a website which allows members of the public to report on any items that have had their prices dramatically increased.
The most common complaint is the price of cauliflower which sits at a staggering $13.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there has been 1,000 complaints and they are working on making the process easier.
‘The process for dealing with complaints is being worked through… and we will involve traders so they have a chance to respond,’ she said.