Angry shoppers are sharing photos of empty supermarket shelves as second wave coronavirus fears saw the return of greedy covidiots stockpiling Christmas turkeys.
Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Asda, Co-op and Tesco shoppers across the country have been venting their frustration on social media amid rumours the shortages could also be due to Brexit.
Photographs of shelves with missing products have been shared online with the hashtag "Brexit reality", as people appear baffled as to what's happening.
Today Asda denied claims of "panic buying" but said it was investigating. A spokesman told the Daily Star: "We haven't seen any evidence of panic buying at all.
"The only pictures I've seen of an empty shelf have been at 20 to five on a Sunday.
"We are well aware of what people are saying, so we are going to look into it."
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Patrick Seurre tweeted Sainsbury's saying: "Why was I greeted with empty shelves when I was in your Bracknell (Bagshot road) branch?"
A representative for the supermarket responded saying: "I've fed back your concern about this issue to the Bagshot Road store Patrick. I'm sorry again for the empty shelves."
Wayne Moraghan also tweeted Sainsbury's with a similar complaint from a different branch.
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He said: "Considering all the empty boxes strewn throughout the store & the multiple emails customer services have apparently sent to the Royal Wharf store in E16 the shelves are STILL bare?!?"
Another said: "Brexit food shortages have arrived already at sainsburys," as he posted an image of an empty salad aisle.
A spokesperson for Sainsbury's told Mirror Online : “There are no current issues with supply.
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"We have thousands of stores selling thousands of different products. Our colleagues work hard to ensure a shelf isn’t left empty for long.”
One shopper struggled to get what he needed despite visiting two different supermarkets.
He said: "So I went to my local coopukfood and then my local Tesco and half the shelves were empty. Do they know something we don't?"
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Another said: "Noticed over the past few days lots of empty shelves and apology notices about it in the Portree Co-op…. Hmmm."
A Co-op spokesperson told Mirror Online: "We aren’t experiencing any particular issues.
"However, if you provide specific examples, we can look in to it for you."
John Lister tweeted: "We can pretend food stockpiling is all hype and the supply chain is fine, but it snowed for two days this year and our giant Tesco had almost empty shelves for over a week."
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One Twitter user wrote two days ago: "I was in a Tesco yesterday and said they'll have to change drastically if they want to survive.
"Prices are a joke with empty shelves and apology notes on them. Asda not much better. Morrisons the f***ing worst."
Angie Capon, visiting an Asda store in Great Yarmouth, wrote: "When you go shopping in asda for the 3rd week in a row and half the freezers are empty and huge gaps on the shelves and you end up having to go to another supermarket on the way home to do a proper weekly shop!"
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A representative responded to her tweet saying: "Hi Angie, thank you for taking the time to confirm this for us 🙂 I have now logged your feedback with the store manager and one of our supply managers – you should hopefully see some improvement over the next few weeks.
"Please do let us know if this is not the case."
In Kent, Lauren Macdougall, a reporter for Kent Live struggled to complete her normal weekly shop at Morrisons' Dover branch, with lots of spaces on the shelves where big name brands normally sit.
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She said: "There were a number of items I tried to get on Saturday, including avocados, sour cream, tortilla chips and salsa.
"There wasn't much choice of bread either.
"It was frustrating to walk around the shop looking in empty boxes left on the shelves. It got to the point where I thought I should have just gone to Tesco instead."
And speaking to Hull Live, Mike Pickles said Morrisons has been running out of his favourite items for weeks at its store in Holderness Road in Hull.
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Mr Pickles tweeted the store to complain after his latest shop on Saturday.
He said: "Starting to think local Morrisons be closing, never anything on shelves.
"Mum went midweek no bread, veg lacking what had turning, no milk they get and same for us today no lettuces, no Pepsi max, no own brand orange crush or orangeade no mince n dumpling meal not had for weeks."
He then tweeted the store again and said he isn't the only one complaining.
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"Shelves just constantly massive spaces, members of staff say a lot complaining they tell manager an he just shrugs shoulders…Been bad for weeks now Morrisons sort it out Hull Holderness Rd branch," he wrote.
Morrisons has responded to complaints about empty shelves at the Hull supermarket.
The supermarket responded to the tweet, saying: "Hi there Mike, So sorry about this.
"At the moment we are aware of the shortage in certain products and we are working hard to ensure products are back on the shelves ASAP.
"I do understand the frustration however please be assured we are aware and are working on this! – Loz."
A Morrisons spokesperson told Mirror Online: "We are not seeing any general issues with availability of products. Of course, across 493 stores there will be some local issues and we will look into these.
"Some of the images we have seen are very old, and appear to be taken when the store was about to be refitted."
Tesco has been contacted for a comment.
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