The corona virus COVID-19

 
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Woolworths have announced that they will not offer refunds for change of mind returns on toilet paper, paper towels, tissues and serviettes, painkillers, cleaning and baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, cleaning sprays, disposable gloves, pasta and pasta sauce, canned food, flour and bread mixes, cooking oils, and rice.

I'd say this is a good move. The lesson should sink in a bit better when the hoarders have to deal with the impact of their stupidity for a while longer.

The two women filmed fighting over toilet paper at the Chullora Woolworths last week have been charged by police. Again, this is good. The only problem is that they have not been named.

Anyway, in bigger news the WHO has now declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

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  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Woolworths have announced that they will not offer refunds for change of mind returns on toilet paper, paper towels, tissues and serviettes, painkillers, cleaning and baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, cleaning sprays, disposable gloves, pasta and pasta sauce, canned food, flour and bread mixes, cooking oils, and rice.

I'd say this is a good move. The lesson should sink in a bit better when the hoarders have to deal with the impact of their stupidity for a while longer.

The two women filmed fighting over toilet paper at the Chullora Woolworths last week have been charged by police. Again, this is good. The only problem is that they have not been named.

Anyway, in bigger news the WHO has now declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
justapassenger
Hopefully Coles and others follow suit. Obvious issues aside, also creating unnecessary work for staff, processing returns.
Just returned from my local Woolies,
Young blokes working in express checkout, usually women. Expecting issues?

Some people need to respect personal space, woman behind me in the cue, breathing on my shoulders, when I moved so did she. Just rude, particularly now.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I must admit to having a good laugh at people panic buying. There was a woman in Foodland today asking an attendant if they had any hand sanitiser, her tone was quite panicked.

Meanwhile, back at work and my boss is joking about and walking around with a half litre pump pack of sanitiser in each back pocket of his jeans... Why? He can do a squirt in each hand with having to waste time transferring sanitiser from one hand to the other.

Talk around the business is that if supplies of loo paper get short, staff are contemplating swiping some from the work loos. Apparently this is already a thing from public facilities.

Full disclosure on the toilet paper situation, I have supply that will do us to the end of the year, not because of COVID-19, but due to a miscommunication between my mother and wife last October which saw them both independently acquire stock for themselves and each other while it was (apparently) a bargain.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Dragging into the second week here in SA that I've seen hoarding behaviour with regard to toilet paper - I'm really disgusted with how selfish people are. Woolies Arndale (SA) had been fully re-stocked with toilet paper this morning but the someone who works next to the shopping centre told me they'd sold out by 1pm - which was right by the time I went there for a look myself.

This country has gone completely insane, a week and a half since I've actually seen toilet paper in a supermarket - what the buggery blazes is the matter with people! It's not the end of the world... and you can't eat it if it was.
don_dunstan

I'm sure Pauline has the answer Razz
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

I must admit to having a good laugh at people panic buying. There was a woman in Foodland today asking an attendant if they had any hand sanitiser, her tone was quite panicked.

Meanwhile, back at work and my boss is joking about and walking around with a half litre pump pack of sanitiser in each back pocket of his jeans... Why? He can do a squirt in each hand with having to waste time transferring sanitiser from one hand to the other.

Talk around the business is that if supplies of loo paper get short, staff are contemplating swiping some from the work loos. Apparently this is already a thing from public facilities.

Full disclosure on the toilet paper situation, I have supply that will do us to the end of the year, not because of COVID-19, but due to a miscommunication between my mother and wife last October which saw them both independently acquire stock for themselves and each other while it was (apparently) a bargain.
Aaron
Never actually checked if TP has a best before date, guessing no.
Your boss is a goose.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Dragging into the second week here in SA that I've seen hoarding behaviour with regard to toilet paper - I'm really disgusted with how selfish people are. Woolies Arndale (SA) had been fully re-stocked with toilet paper this morning but the someone who works next to the shopping centre told me they'd sold out by 1pm - which was right by the time I went there for a look myself.

This country has gone completely insane, a week and a half since I've actually seen toilet paper in a supermarket - what the buggery blazes is the matter with people! It's not the end of the world... and you can't eat it if it was.
don_dunstan

I'm sure Pauline has the answer Razz
"bingley hall"

I sure hope so because nobody else appears to -
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Many now stating the Grand Prix should not go ahead.  Do we all just down tools and put our lives on hold?

Should it go ahead?  The NBA has cancelled its season in the USA and the Olympics may be delayed 12 months.

What to do
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: I was here first. You're only visiting.
Many now stating the Grand Prix should not go ahead.  Do we all just down tools and put our lives on hold?

Should it go ahead?  The NBA has cancelled its season in the USA and the Olympics may be delayed 12 months.

What to do
bevans
NO to any suggestion of cancellation of ANY event.

Hundreds of thousands of people head to the CBD EVERY day going about their daily business, many of them getting there on PT, and rubbing shoulders walking along the streets or coughing all over each other in their cube farms.

The GP is an open air event with people scattered everywhere, or seated in breezy grandstands, or a small percentage in enclosed corporate areas.

No comparison.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Looks like it has begun the first team to drop out of the GP

  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Some people need to respect personal space, woman behind me in the cue, breathing on my shoulders, when I moved so did she. Just rude, particularly now.
michaelgm


I have grave concerns for anyone in a cue! But then perhaps you were in a queue!

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/cue
https://www.dictionary.com/browse/queue
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Many now stating the Grand Prix should not go ahead.  Do we all just down tools and put our lives on hold?

Should it go ahead?  The NBA has cancelled its season in the USA and the Olympics may be delayed 12 months.

What to do
NO to any suggestion of cancellation of ANY event.

Hundreds of thousands of people head to the CBD EVERY day going about their daily business, many of them getting there on PT, and rubbing shoulders walking along the streets or coughing all over each other in their cube farms.

The GP is an open air event with people scattered everywhere, or seated in breezy grandstands, or a small percentage in enclosed corporate areas.

No comparison.
DirtyBallast
Just wait until some beggar says "Nah stuff it, I'm not going to self isolate". when he/she does have the virus, that will be when the smeg really does hit the roof! , I do agree with you're post, but what I am saying is that when people do what I have said, then it will get serious, and the big events may have to be canned.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Just wait until some beggar says "Nah stuff it, I'm not going to self isolate". when he/she does have the virus, that will be when the smeg really does hit the roof! , I do agree with you're post, but what I am saying is that when people do what I have said, then it will get serious, and the big events may have to be canned.
lsrailfan
Huh? People are already self-isolating...
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Some people need to respect personal space, woman behind me in the cue, breathing on my shoulders, when I moved so did she. Just rude, particularly now.


I have grave concerns for anyone in a cue! But then perhaps you were in a queue!

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/cue
https://www.dictionary.com/browse/queue
Graham4405
Thanks, Teach.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Just wait until some beggar says "Nah stuff it, I'm not going to self isolate". when he/she does have the virus, that will be when the smeg really does hit the roof! , I do agree with you're post, but what I am saying is that when people do what I have said, then it will get serious, and the big events may have to be canned.
Huh? People are already self-isolating...
Graham4405
They are, but what happens if some people purposefully DO NOT isolate??
  Upven Locomotive Driver

Just wait until some beggar says "Nah stuff it, I'm not going to self isolate". when he/she does have the virus, that will be when the smeg really does hit the roof! , I do agree with you're post, but what I am saying is that when people do what I have said, then it will get serious, and the big events may have to be canned.
Huh? People are already self-isolating...
They are, but what happens if some people purposefully DO NOT isolate??
lsrailfan
Like the Hobart casual worker: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-08/hobart-man-infected-with-coronavirus-worked-at-hotel/12037114
  aussie48 Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Just wait until some beggar says "Nah stuff it, I'm not going to self isolate". when he/she does have the virus, that will be when the smeg really does hit the roof! , I do agree with you're post, but what I am saying is that when people do what I have said, then it will get serious, and the big events may have to be canned.
Huh? People are already self-isolating...
They are, but what happens if some people purposefully DO NOT isolate??
Like the Hobart casual worker: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-08/hobart-man-infected-with-coronavirus-worked-at-hotel/12037114
Upven
When you read the article the Tasmanian Health Minister is saying people need more information about self isolation etc etc.  Surely as the Health Minister it is her responsibility to provide people with information about what to do.  It appears that she like a lot of the sheep in other States expect the Federal Govt to do everything.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

It sounds like the Melb Grand Prix ain't happening now.  A McLaren team member tested +ve as well.

Hopefully no more Melb GPs in future given the monumental waste of taxpayer $$$ it's become.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE

Full disclosure on the toilet paper situation, I have supply that will do us to the end of the year, not because of COVID-19, but due to a miscommunication between my mother and wife last October which saw them both independently acquire stock for themselves and each other while it was (apparently) a bargain.
Aaron
Our local Supermarket has toilet paper on sale, fly over!
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The GP has been cancelled, and the national categories look set to follow. There is no movement in the TCR Asia-Pacific Cup paddock despite their race start time having passed.

It has also been confirmed that COVID-19 was transmitted between people at the T20 World Cup Final at the MCG on Sunday night. Anything involving large crowds packed in together and all using communal facilities looks to be at risk now.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

It's been quite a remarkable week. GP is definitely canned. Disneyland is closing. No EU flights to USA. Etc etc.

Here's something to cheer everyone up:
  SAR520SMBH Junior Train Controller

Cricket Australia have just announced that the 3 ODI's between Australia and New Zealand will be played in empty stadiums. The first game is today.
The AFL is meeting today to work out what to do. Round 1 starts next weekend.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Cricket Australia have just announced that the 3 ODI's between Australia and New Zealand will be played in empty stadiums. The first game is today.
The AFL is meeting today to work out what to do. Round 1 starts next weekend.
SAR520SMBH

Troubling times.  Are we being too cautious at the cost of many jobs and possibly the economy.  I am now thinking of cancelling my Europe trip mid year due to concerns about attractions not being open.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Cricket Australia have just announced that the 3 ODI's between Australia and New Zealand will be played in empty stadiums.
SAR520SMBH
As opposed to mostly empty stadiums, which was going to be the case with the silly post-season scheduling of this series.

The women's team has had their tour of South Africa cancelled. A bit of proactive management could have saved this series, by delaying South Africa's return from the T20 World Cup and playing the matches here with Australia's next series against them to be played in South Africa.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Troubling times.  Are we being too cautious at the cost of many jobs and possibly the economy.  
bevans
No.

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is the only option for Australia. Going on the overseas numbers of between 10% (best case) and 20% (worst case) of people infected requiring hospital treatment for symptoms, we can't afford to let it get out of control.

Continuing to play most sporting matches in empty venues is probably a good balance between the appropriate public health measures and also ensuring that there is still some form of normality to return to.

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