The coronavirus sparked a wave of panic-buying in the United States earlier this month, with customers rushing out to buy groceries and other household items, including the ever-popular toilet paper.
One of the major chains hit hardest was Walmart, who has been the subject of many empty-shelf photos online in recent days in all areas of the store, from food to paper towels. While the store has taken measures to restock, customers are finding empty shelves in all areas of their local stores, and, naturally sharing the photos on social media.
Empty shelves could be found at Walmarts across the country.
Panic buying at 132nd Walmart. Eggs, potatoes, onions, cereal, cold and flu products, and of course toilet paper. pic.twitter.com/hC813MeYHv— Rich Carstensen (@1_snapshot) March 15, 2020
Some people didn't expect the amount of empty shelves they found.
I just went to Walmart for the first time in a week. I knew they would be out of TP and hand soap, but they were out of EVERYTHING. pic.twitter.com/0prj1ZVI80— Eric Nelson (@literaryeric) March 19, 2020
Some showed off the items that remained amid the panic-buying.
Walmart meat section. Guess whats left pic.twitter.com/liXFA1K9bW— McDonell Farms Ltd (@vartyd) March 16, 2020
Some added apocalypse hashtags.
Others shared one of the steps Walmart was taking amid the crisis, which included limiting the number of high-demand items customers could buy.
To help cope with the high demand and take extra precaution amid the coronavirus, Walmart has shortened its hours to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in many of its 4,700 U.S. stores as of Thursday, March 19. The company said that the new hours will be in effect until further notice and will "further help" employees restock shelves overnight and clean stores, CNN Business reports. In addition, Walmart will introduce special shopping hours for customers age 60, opening the store one hour early every Tuesday from March 24 through April 28.
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