The news has been full not only of updates about the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also of stories about supermarket customers hoarding food and supplies such as toilet paper, bread, and of course, hand sanitizer. Panic-buying has led to massive shortages in essential supplies at grocery stores, leaving some people with huge stockpiles and others without necessary resources to protect themselves during this tough time.
Now, a supermarket in Denmark has come up with a brilliant idea to stop their customers from hoarding hand sanitizer. Twitter user @_schuermann shared an image of hand sanitizer being sold at a local supermarket Rodtunden. The prices were set so that one bottle of sanitizer cost KR 40 ($5.73 USD), but two bottles cost KR 1,000 ($143.22 USD).
Obviously, this price change isn’t about screwing people over in their time of need — it just serves to prevent people from taking too much of an item and making it harder for others to also have access to it.
Rotunden also shared a post on Facebook outlining their policies during the outbreak:
We have a great responsibility to keep the business running, and we can only do that with everyone’s help and understanding. I can help in the following way:
We ask all customers to respect the distance between each other and our co-workers;
Sprinkle (likely sanitize or wash) hands off at the entrance and use gloves;
If you are a family, please allow only one person to purchase the purchases if possible;
There may be times when we limit how many customers we accept in the store at one time. We will keep you informed about any operating changes on Facebook. Take care and thank you for your understanding.”
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