Quite some time ago, Costco stopped carrying their huge cans of tomato puree. The can was so large that I only needed the one can in order to make five one-quart jars of spaghetti sauce. I have so many food allergies that I can’t buy ready-made spaghetti sauce. Well, actually, for the most part I can’t buy ready-made anything.
So I found a substitute tomato puree online. This morning, I used the last of that tomato puree I had on hand to make a new batch of spaghetti sauce. So I went online to order some more. Yeah. Right.
I found something that might work, but it would cost well over $100 for what would ordinarily cost me about $25. That’s not going to happen. I refuse to be gouged.
But what really ticks me off about it is this: All you hoarders out there are not thinking at all about all the other people. You don’t give a damn about what others might need. And especially, there are people with special needs that are going to suffer even more.
In ordinary times, when I go shopping and I might need four of something but there are only five on the shelf, I do not take four of them. I might take only half of what I actually need so that others will have access as well. Maybe I’m stupid. I don’t know. But that’s how I was raised to think of the needs of others.
Right now, in these extraordinary times, we need to be even more aware of how our buying practices affect others. Not less.
I actually wrote this a couple of days ago. Then I decided to let it sit so my anger could cool a bit and see if I still felt like posting it.
Well, my anger hasn’t cooled. If anything, it has become greater.
Because I don’t really see things getting better any time soon as regards shortages of essential products due to hoarders, I’ve decided that this will be the last of my rants on the subject. I’ve started repeating myself and I need to let go and move on.
From here on, it will be back to normal. I promise.