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Re: Asda shopping
« Reply #18 on: Friday 03 April 20 18:09 BST (UK) »
I went to m and s for the first time in probably a month. Long queue beautifully managed, sanitised baskets or trollies, marked ways in and out . Friendly staff, full shelves. Brilliant. I can't do a full shop there of course, but I got what I wanted there today.
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Re: Asda shopping
« Reply #19 on: Friday 03 April 20 20:49 BST (UK) »
Not Asda.  I went to my local Aldi this morning - all OK - one in = one out, and no problems in-store EXCEPT:

Usual procedure has been that you pass rapidly through checkout and then pack your bags in-store - NO I don't do that, I take the trolley to my car and pack there.  SO the majority are still following their usual practice, which means that everyone queuing patiently outside has to wait for those who insist on doing their packing indoors before eventually leaving the store.  :-X  Perhaps more of us should be thinking of others  :-*

ABSOLUTELY NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT ALDI - just some of their customers  :)

Are you sure that every customer takes their shopping home by car? Those who don't have a car have to pack in store.
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Re: Asda shopping
« Reply #20 on: Friday 03 April 20 22:48 BST (UK) »
Maiden Stone - fair comment!  But it was noticeable, whilst waiting to enter, that the majority of trolleys with packed bags were heading back to the carpark.  :)
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Re: Asda shopping
« Reply #21 on: Saturday 04 April 20 00:01 BST (UK) »
I, a non car owner, am conveniently situated within walking distance (a mile) of 6 supermarkets + 2 Tesco convenience stores. All are on bus routes. I put this information in answer to the question "How likely are you to use a proposed new Waitrose store?" in a public survey about building a Waitrose supermarket in fields outside town.
It's months since I entered a supermarket.
Queue for Sainsbury today went around a corner of the building and alongside the car park.
I heard on radio that Morrison's have increased number of same items per customer in the hope that the extra item will be put in the foodbank box. 
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Re: Asda shopping
« Reply #22 on: Saturday 04 April 20 00:23 BST (UK) »
When the hand sanitiser shortage first reared its ugly head, I got a Google news article about how to make your own.

Isopropyl alcohol 65% - 70%, plus aloe vera gel. Mixed reviews as to how effective this would be from various experts, but bought some cheap gel sold as after sun lotion, my husband already had IPA for other uses.

I bought a pack of 3 refillable containers intended for use on airlines.

I made 3 x 100ml bottles of 70% alcohol hand sanitisers - one spare, one for the car and one for my handbag.

Handbag and spare bottle not yet used, car one started to get used but hardly any gone - we stopped going out and about shortly afterwards, then came lockdown.

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Also, a lot of grapes in South Australia cannot be made into wine, due to smoke, from the bush fires. They have been given permission to use the alcohol to also create sanitiser. Just how, I don't know at this time.

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Re: Asda shopping
« Reply #23 on: Saturday 04 April 20 00:47 BST (UK) »
Tesco:
As it's my youngest daughter's birthday this weekend, my middle daughter and I decided to go to a large Tesco in the hope that we could pick up some bits for the upcoming birthday.

We arrived at the store only to be told that as we are obviously together, we are not allowed to be in the store together or even... at the same time.!
One in, one out policy for families.
Who am I to argue with policy?

 I went back to the car and let my daughter hunt for goodies.
I started people watching instead.

Outside the store were about 7 young, individual men, all obviously in the same situation
they had formed a line with the recommended distance between them all waiting  for their other halves to come out with the shopping.

Young couples and couples with children, tried to enter.
They never got past security, decided it wasn't worth it and they all left empty handed.
Then came those who played the system.
They arrived in one car together but, entered the store separately... about 5 minutes apart. LOL

When groups of 2 people or more did come out together, it was clear that they had special needs.
An older, visually impaired woman with her husband and a young, disabled man with a carer.

The car park wasn't very busy, loads of spaces available and then the tiny moped pulls up into an extra wide parent and child space.
It looked like a toy in the massive space in the middle of the otherwise, empty row

I liked people watching! Far better than actually going into Tesco.

However, 2 weeks ago in Morrisons.
A man filled his large trolley with multi packs of loo roll. There were about 10 packs in total.
I could see and hear the mutterings of other shoppers.

I was behind him at the self service till.
I was still behind him when he deposited every single pack into the Food Bank Trolley.
I've learned not to judge others.

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Re: Asda shopping
« Reply #24 on: Saturday 04 April 20 01:47 BST (UK) »
Same for me in NZ Maiden Stone, with distance and on bus routes. Buses are running on less frequent schedule, with drivers over 70 told to stay home, and appear to be mostly empty or just one or 2 passengers that I've seen as they go past. I occasionally use the bus to go somewhere, so do have the required tag card and instruction is to use back door with driver section taped off.

Same policies here too with being one per bubble supposed to be designated shopper but also observing some playing system as you say anne_p ! Trying not to be too judgemental as I am aware there are some very big families and larger bubbles only hoping to cater for genuine needs.


No Asda here but our supermarkets are under similar demand as elsewhere, with the panic buying exceeding the stock arriving to refill shelves mostly but doing OK under pressure. Delays also with online shopping with booking slots and social distancing queues since full lockdown 25 March.

 Supermarkets and some approved small stores with same but limited quantity product only places allowed to operate as essential services and no independents such as butchers, bakers, greengrocers, liquor stores and the like. A couple of exceptions where no supermarkets and others with requested approval, there are 2 quite close who are mainly greengrocers but many non perishables to suit immigrants as well and popular. I've used both on occasion, good produce and price but would prefer the more distant one because of the newer, larger and more open layout in these circumstances with attention to the guidelines, closer one is a bit jam packed at the best of times.



Managed to do my normal shopping so far, extending the days out slightly from weekly to avoid the madness of pre-lockdown visits and choosing quieter times and same supermarket chain in less busy places when we were able to, have always kept cupboards and freezer pretty well stocked by buying rotating specials of our usual items to put aside.  Since lockdown have done 2 local shops a week apart, knew hours were being reduced but went down before opening first time as per their hours online to find it hadn't been updated and so went back home for an hour, just a couple of minutes by car as husband drops me off, his only outings so far.
 
Queue had formed but I headed to a large gap with a seat and others behind were mostly young men hanging back in a bit of a huddle and I heard them saying they had been there since earlier opening time, no one about when we were there though. Anyway it moved in orderly fashion as doors opened and they let in the first 10, I was at the tail end of that and then the others were allowed in a couple of minutes later.

A few gaps in shelves but got what I needed and kept it reasonably quick and obeyed advice. Packing bags only a problem getting my reusable bag to stay upright when the celery and leek wanted to keep tipping it up and I put a lot in trolley to repack into my bags away a bit from the counter. By then they were only letting one in when one left and there was a queue but not huge.

Week later to the day yesterday and I tried the early bird option again, dropped off 15 minutes before opening and long queue was snaking in waiting area and many delivery trucks arriving. Someone kept reminding an older chap trying to find the end of queue that he was allowed to go in first but he was hesitant but then wandered to the front. Along came 4 policewomen and a policeman intending to take advantage of essential services being allotted first hour to shop as well, they called for any senior card holders to come forward with them ... so I was escorted into shop by a policewoman  ;D Mind you, some in queue look pretty scary with their anything goes masks and hoodies! Husband thought funny and got out of car to catch a photo  ;D ... then went for a quick walk around an empty carpark over the rail line and back.

Looked to be increased precautions with shoppers and distances, checkout wiped very thoroughly between customers and quite an easy and quick shop ticking off list and packing went a bit better for me.

Lindt Easter bunnies were on special and they didn't have any of the dark ones on the shelf and hot cross buns were coming out of the bakery section and not packed, so husband had to be happy and indeed was, to have a rum and raisin 250g dark chocolate bar same price/ better value and some cinnamon buns, got everything else on list so ... not shopping again until after Easter weekend.

Did notice flour was restricted to one bag per customer and pasta shelf very sparse and some personal hygiene products looked in short supply ... but not toilet rolls, several manufacturers nearby and they have been meeting the needless panic demand.

Supermarkets are usually closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, hoping not to encourage panic stocking up by closing Good Friday and opening on the Sunday,  staff will need their breaks and can choose not to work the Sunday if against their beliefs.               

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Re: Asda shopping
« Reply #25 on: Saturday 04 April 20 11:42 BST (UK) »
Tesco:
As it's my youngest daughter's birthday this weekend, my middle daughter and I decided to go to a large Tesco in the hope that we could pick up some bits for the upcoming birthday.

We arrived at the store only to be told that as we are obviously together, we are not allowed to be in the store together or even... at the same time.!
One in, one out policy for families.
Who am I to argue with policy?

We encountered a similar attitude on arriving at Tesco earlier in the week, although the new "policy" was not mentioned on their website, which we had checked before setting out.

In fact since our visit they have changed the advice on the website - but rather than spelling out the "rules" they have been officiously trying to enforce, we were surprised to see that they now seem to be saying that they do not object to two people shopping together:

"Try to shop with no more than one other person. This will help to reduce the number of people in-store at any one time."

From a section dated 1 April 2020, at https://www.tesco.com/help/covid-19/?icid=DCHP_C2_COVID_GENERIC_WK4
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Re: Asda shopping
« Reply #26 on: Saturday 04 April 20 11:53 BST (UK) »
I'm all for the one person only as that makes shopping much quicker. It stops couples standing, blocking shelves ,discussing which product to buy.
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