Panic buyers mean this OAP must now risk his health at supermarkets to buy food

From: David Grimshaw, Silsden, Keighley.

Emoty supermarket shelves make it difficult for the elderly to purchase food.

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AT over 80 years of age, wishing to be totally compliant with the Government’s requirements, I have taken to shopping online with my regular store – Morrisons. In fairness there is no difference in performance with any of the ‘big four’.

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I managed to secure two deliveries with Morrisons some two weeks ago, one for March 23 and the other for March 30. Since then, I have been unable to find any delivery slots – let alone book one with any of the supermarkets.

Large queues persist outside supermarkets.

Morrisons responds to my messages by saying that they are working hard to generate slots, have introduced boxes of goods which have taken all the slots. I should keep looking for cancellations and they have started a queuing system, two hours the last time I looked.
Sainsbury’s claim, in an email from their CEO, to be prioritising delivery slots for the elderly and vulnerable. They would contact those of whom they had knowledge, others had to follow the instructions on the website and ring customer services.

If you are lucky enough to get through and select the correct numbers from the menu, you get cut off. They give the same information on the Twitter feed.

Other than there being no delivery slots on Asda and Tesco, I cannot comment as I have not tried to pursue my order.

I consider myself “tech savvy” and active but know a great many who are not. How do they even start? The only solution I can see at present is to take the risk and visit a store which has a dedicated period for the elderly to shop. And defeating entirely the Government’s requirements.