I was writing earlier about what is called the tragedy of the commons in economics and philosophy. In these situations, everything would run smoothly if every person only took what they absolutely needed to get by. But dysfunction in the whole system occurs when people selfishly and irrationally begin to hoard. The few will break the system for the many.
My husband went to the grocery store this morning, and at opening time, there was a line down the block to get in. The store is full mostly of seniors in our area, who are cleaning it out every day. This has become like a sport to them, and they have an entire retirement savings to do it with. Publix has appropriately started rationing products so these individuals do not buy them out. Now they are buying items that the store did not think to ration, because they can.
They had stocked dish soap on the cleaning aisle, and one woman was buying 10 bottles of it at once. A passerby asked her why she was buying that much, as you are obviously not able to clean surfaces with it. She replied that she thought she could trade it for things she did need.
This situation is really bringing out the worst in people and it’s making me downright despise some of the people in our community. I’m used to watching people buy out stores for hurricanes and the immediate hoarding that involves, but these people are nuts. I want off this planet.