From toilet paper to takeaways

It was very predictable that a rush to fast food would be in the news this morning. Many years of marketing seems to have created an addled and addicted clientele.

Leading up and at the start of the Level 4 lockdown there was bizarre panic buying of toilet paper and a rush to stock up on other things. At Easter and other times there were long queues to get into supermarkets. Quite a lot of people had problems dealing with logic and slower or less frequent shopping.

Social and business restrictions have been relaxed a little today as we switch back to Level 3 lockdown. Fast food outlets are now allowed to feed the frenzy (with contactless and safe distancing requirements). And inevitably the news is littered this morning with a rush by some to buy over processed and over packaged food.

News reports say that people were queuing two hours before opening at 6 am of outlets this morning.

It’s not even fast food – it would still be quicker to cook up a meal than to drive to the nearest outlet and queue for fat and sugar laden. But the modern consumer society driven by often absurd marketing wasn’t going to disappear with a month of lockout.

Regardless of precautions taken unnecessary trips to join queues to buy food of questionable quality raises the risk of coming into contact with Covid. I value my health more than taking that risk (and don’t like fast food queues at the best of times).

For various reasons I won’t be going out and buying takeaways for some time yet. Some fast food had reputations for not just unhealthy food, but also unhygienic food. I remember first getting fast food poisoning about 1974.

Pre-Covid I could do without takeaway slow queue food for weeks. I can happily live without it for another month or three.


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  1. David

     /  28th April 2020

    Its like queuing for days to get the latest I phone or sleeping overnight ready for the opening of a make up shop or H and M, its mind boggling what mediocrity people will queue for.
    2 hours for a big mac is probably a good sign the economy will bounce back quickly…speaking of which off to do a toolbox meeting now thats exciting.

    • Blazer

       /  28th April 2020

      you would be surprised then what some people put their names down to wait for…cars ..even.
      Toolbox meeting…is that where the ‘oracle’ borrows your watch to tell time?

  2. Gezza

     /  28th April 2020

    I’ll probably wait until my preferred local Fish & Chip & Chinese food shop & the local cafés & food court up at North City Plaza in Porirua open fully again.

    I was never a big takeaway fan – & then it was most likely to be a serve yourself $10 Chinese takeaway smorgasbord.

    Meantime, if I want something different for a treat I can pull out the ol’ recipe books & make it.

  3. Corky

     /  28th April 2020

    KFC Watch With Corky:

    Nothing to report. My local outlet isn’t open yet. Not sign of security. Vans are pulling up and circling the carpark, then departing. Maccas has a large queue though. Security in place. No violence to report.

    The news reports of South v North Aucklands response to fast food outlets opening would be one of the best studies on community health projections ever released.


  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th April 2020

    Can now order online from Bunnings. Just had to do that for a little item they will deliver but Mitre 10 won’t. Cost a bit more – different brand – but cheaper than a 2 hour round trip drive. Dunno why Mitre 10 only offering click and collect.

    • Bunnings have the oddest online ever; they won’t tell the delivery price until the order’s gone through, then they ring up and tell you. Why they can’t have a standard price like everyone else; so much for standard, so much for oversize, I don’t know. They wanted to charge me $95 for quite a small thing.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  28th April 2020

        That’s odd, Kitty. I had to give my postcode and then the delivery price came up on the checkout screen.

  5. Gezza

     /  28th April 2020

    Drove up to ma’s place to re-fit the de-rusted restored bottom door hinge onto her front door screen & frame & do a little touch up painting from a Resene test pot of the correct shade green.

    Had to drive up Main Road to get there. Lots of cars parked in what have been vacant spaces for the last five weeks or so as I drove past the small business industrial zone (garages, sheet metal manufacturers, plumbing & electrical firms, envelope manufacturer etc), so looks like most employers are getting back into action.

    A couple a café/bakery shops also open – but with a table blocking the doorway & a notice on it, I presume telling people to order from the doorway & how to pay.

    • Resene test pot paints last for years. I did the front door years ago in yellow and have just redone it as it was a tiny bit tired but still all right.


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