Chips it became clear, are really important for the end times. Trips to several greater Houston area grocery stores Thursday revealed completely empty shelves in certain sections of the store while shopping carts became a prized acquisition.
Apparently sparked by fears of CORVID-19 and despite Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's pleas not to panic, customers — while not seemingly panicking — were loading up on household supplies and staples at an amazing pace.
It was both like and unlike preparation for a hurricane. Most people seemed to be passing by the stand of batteries at the front of the store (no expected power outages) and heading right for the canned goods and scouting for toilet paper. However the same sense of camaraderie before and after any natural disaster seemed to be on full display — people being friendly and helping each other find the things they needed.
TP? Tough to find. The places that still had it left were rationing it along with diapers, paper towels, water (of course) and other supplies. Paper towels could be a tough substitute for the Charmin. Shoppers scanned the highest shelves, looking to pull down a package that others had somehow missed.
Things were even more severe at the H-E-B in Montrose as intrepid photographer Reggie Mathalone discovered.
Maybe overnight restocking will work miracles, but otherwise this is what you have to look forward to.