‘Selfish’ stockpiling Aldi shoppers leave elderly man confused and without food

A plea has been issued to Aldi shoppers amid the coronavirus panic buying after an elderly man was left 'confused and stressed' by the chaos.

The unnamed customer is urging people to use 'their common sense' before clearing the budget supermarkets' shelves.

It comes after they witnessed a heartbreaking scene involving a pensioner.

Essentials such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser and pasta are in huge demand at the moment and many shoppers are buying hordes of goods in the event they cannot leave their homes.

However, vulnerable people, who are unable to leave their homes as frequently, are now being left without food.

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The Facebook post, which has gone viral, read: "I was just at Aldi with my daughter buying bananas and while waiting in a very long line, I met an eldery man who was doing his usual weekly shop.

"He was very confused and stressed and had been to two supermarkets already before Aldi to find various things.

"Please use common sense before you follow the hordes and start stocking up 'because everyone else is.'"

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They continued: "There are people out there who cannot afford to shop in bulk and have a small weekly budget for groceries. There are people who have limited mobility and can only shop once a week or fortnight when they have a carer with them.

"There are the people who are affected by people selfishly clearing the shelves. Don't fool yourself into thinking you are doing the right thing".

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Pictures of supermarket empty shelves have been shared on social media as people across the UK horde household essentials over fears of the coronavirus spread.

It comes as the number of coronavirus cases in the UK took a giant leap today.

A total of 273 people in the UK have tested positive for the deadly bug as of 9am on Sunday, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

A daily update of figures published on its website said: "As of 9am on 8 March 2020, 23,513 people have been tested in the UK, of which 23,240 were confirmed negative and 273 were confirmed as positive.

"Two patients who tested positive for Covid-19 have died."

The spread of the coronavirus is accelerating at a rapid pace in the with experts predicting the deadly outbreak will peak around Easter.

People are now starting to panic buy household essentials and wear masks in pubic in a bid to protect themselves from the killer epidemic.

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It comes as two more cases of coronavirus have been reported in Scotland, according to the Scottish Government.

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