Empty Store Shelves

When there's a major event that people are going through, they'll often buy a lot of food from the store in a panic. Buying huge amounts of food during an event is just human nature. We all want to be prepared! However, there are some things that no one wants to touch on the shelf, no matter what. What are these things? Why don't people want them? Read on and we'll show you some of them!

Soap

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Image credits: Getty Images

Why is it that the first thing to go from store shelves is always the hand sanitizer? If your water still works, washing your hands is still better than slathering them up in hand sanitizer. Still, people just leave the hand soap there. This really makes you shake your head in wonder, doesn't it? They even left the nice smelling ones...

Bottled Water

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Image credits: Getty Images

Bottled water is always in short supply in times of crisis. These shoppers are just looking at bare shelves trying to get water. Except...there's some perfectly good water sitting over there on the shelf. Even in tough times, no one wants to pay too much for fancy water. That special "enriched" water doesn't make a whole lot of sense in this case.

Soup

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Image credits: Twitter/1LegLite

Soup would seem to be good food for a crisis. It's ready-to-eat and lasts for a long, long time on the shelf. It's canned, which makes it tough to damage. Apparently there are some varieties of soup too nasty to even eat in a crisis though, as you can see in this picture. The Scotch Broth was just left on the shelf all by itself!

Pasta

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Image credits: Twitter/CarolDecker

When some sort of event comes, cooking up a big pot of pasta seems like a good idea. All of the past has been emptied from this supermarket, except for that one case of gluten-free organic red lentil pasta on the shelf. Why does no one want it? To be honest, it sounds absolutely delicious!

Toilet Paper

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Image credits: Getty Images

Of course, toilet paper is always a big-ticket item in times of crisis. If you look at the very bottom shelf here, there is still a few packages left at this supermarket. If there's one thing that a big even should teach people, it's to start installing bidets in their houses. They're much cleaner and nicer anyway.

Just Nothing

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Image credits: Twitter/sazagee202

Once again, all of the toilet paper is gone. It looks like the wet wipes are still there, or at least a few packs are still there. And some Kleenex is still there too. Otherwise, this place has been completely cleaned out and everything is just gone. They might as well have tumbleweeds going through the store.

White Sauce

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Image credits: Twitter/sunildvr

Maybe the math just didn't add up here. Why else would there be one jar of pasta sauce left on the shelf? It doesn't make a whole lot of sense. And those look like some little mini-pizzas too. Don't people normally like those? Regardless of that, why is any of this considered to be "essential"? You do need something to eat with the mountain of dried past that you bought, but is sauce really essential?

Vegetables

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Image credits: Twitter/MrsSpalding

Even in the face of a worldwide panic, no one wants to eat their Brussels Sprouts. Can you really blame them? If you have to be locked up in your house for weeks, why would you pick the single most awful vegetable in the world as one of your survival foods? It's a little sad for the Brussels Sprouts though.

Fish

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Image credits: Twitter/_DylanHamilton

It's amazing that this store also looks completely cleared out. Except...it looks like the customers left the pickled shrimp on the shelves. The customers were probably right to do that though. Pickled fish are completely disgusting. Blech. 

Calm Down, Everyone

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Image credits: Twitter/leafwax

This store in Tucson, AZ found a novel way to keep shoppers from having severe panic buying anxiety. They put a two package limit on toilet paper and hired a mariachi band to keep everyone calm. Nothing says "calm" like mariachi music, and it totally works for this grocery store. Good job, guys!

Well, Then!

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Image credits: Twitter/OnlyMaryVellar

This store has clearly just had enough with the questions. People are probably calling them about toilet paper constantly. If a big crisis doesn't spark a giant increase in bidet sales, it would be a shock. It might be a good time to start investing in companies that make them.

Rolos

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Image credits: Twitter/kokaubeam

This is a little ironic. Not only did people buy up all of the Rolos, but it's also the "share" pack. Let that one sink in for a minute. First, people bought all of the candy so they could hoard it to themselves? And the candy comes in a "share" pack? That's messed up on so many levels. It might keep the kids happy though.

Cereal

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Image credits: Twitter/ColchesterDan

Nice. Notice that the Count Chocula and Froot Loops are gone, but the Kelloggs "Plant-Based Protein" cereal is still there. No one is that brave, even in a crisis. Also, do you notice that all of the bran cereals are gone too? People have to buy those to have a justification for buying all of that toilet paper!

Hand Sanitizer

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Image credits: Twitter/_scheurmann

Meny is a grocery store in Denmark, and they've figured out a novel way to discourage people from panic buying hand sanitizer, which they still have on the shelves. If you don't speak Danish, this sign says that the first bottle you buy is 40kr. That's about $6 or so. However, if you want to buy more than that, the price jumps to 1000kr, which is about $150. How many people do you think went for more than one?

Cough Medicine

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Image credits: Twitter/Lycan_Jedi

All of the tasty flavored cough syrup is gone from the shelves here, but notice that the Alka-Seltzer Plus cold medication is still on the shelves. That stuff takes some work. You have to find some water, drop the pill into it, let it fizz for a while, and then you can finally use it. Ain't no one got time for that!

That's a look at store shelves around the world. If you're in "panic buying" mode, please stop and get hold of yourself. These kinds of things do pass, and you don't need 2 years' worth of toilet paper to get through them! If you're going through a crisis like this, please share this with your friends. Hopefully, they can see the light too. Thanks for reading!

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