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Sunday Mar 22, 2020

Nigel Owens calls out selfish shoppers for bulk buying over Coronavirus

Welsh referee Nigel Owens has condemned the bulk buying which is taking place at British supermarkets amid COVID-19 fears.

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The 48-year-old international official used his Walesonline column to call out the “selfish” individuals stocking up on food and supplies such as toilet paper.

“I believe those bulk buying are being very selfish, that is people going out there and not caring for someone who goes without,” said Owens.

“We need to be sensible about it. We don’t need to stock up on things for months and months on end. If people are sensible and just keep a few things for a rainy day the country can supply enough food for everyone.

“There’s only one word for people who bulk buy – selfish. People are going out there and panicking and buying loads and loads of stuff, they need to take a long look in the mirror because it’s selfish. 

“It’s not caring or looking out for your family. I don’t know how some of these people would have survived generations ago.

“By all means buy things for those who can’t go to the shop themselves and if you are vulnerable or elderly and can’t make frequent visits to the shop, then one can understand you buying a bit extra to tide you over for a bit longer, but those needlessly emptying the shelves, please stop and think of others.

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“I just don’t understand this bulk buying of toilet paper. We need to think about other people because we’re all in this together and we need to help each other out. Don’t go over the top and make other people go without.”

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