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Grocery Shopping Las Vegas April 9, 2020

Here is Mr. TroutBend's account of this morning's shopping expedition:

"For the most part, things have worsened at the food stores. About 70% of the customers are wearing masks, hardly any employees. Still no hand sanitizer stations. The line at Sam's was around the north side almost to the rear corner of the building. I walked over to Walmart where the line wasn't as long and got inside after a 10 minute wait. They're letting people in a few at a time.

If you wanted paper items you were directed to an associate who was guarding an aisle that was rapidly running out of product. I found a lot of stuff I wanted, some items that I usually would buy at Sam's, not knowing if I would find them there or even get in the door. Hardly any ice cream left, just the expensive stuff or the really weird flavors. Even the spice aisle was badly depleted - I managed to find a container of cinnamon hiding way back in the shadows.

When I got out of there Sam's had been open for 35 minutes and the line was manageable. After another 10 minute wait I was inside. There was a logjam right inside the door because they were apportioning the paper towels right up front; just like 2 weeks ago nearly everyone was buying those, and within the time I was there they ran out.

I found the big beef franks that they didn't have last time. They were well stocked with most of the snack products, and I needed some of that stuff, but if you needed staples you were mostly out of luck. Even the cereal aisle was devastated - I got one of the last four boxes of Cheerios, the Raisin Bran was all gone. A lot of people were buying meat, and there wasn't much of that left.

The checkout lines were long, most everyone had overflowing carts, and the line to get out stretched nearly all the way back to the pharmacy area (the yellow tape strips on the floor that are supposed to keep people 6 feet apart only go back a third of that distance). So, a shopping trip that should have taken no more than an hour took well over two hours.

Plus I was risking death the whole time I was there. A genuinely crappy experience."

But, he says, gasoline is $1.97 a gallon - Las Vegas gas always runs a lot higher than other states because they import it from California.

posted on Apr 9, 2020 12:15 PM ()


Sounds a lot like the stories in upstate NY. Our local grocery store is finally getting reloaded although there was no dish liquid when I was there on Wednesday. We are well stocked with food for the foreseeable future. We usually shop for three or four weeks so this isn't unusual. Many complaints about the "City People" coming up to their second homes and bringing the virus with them. It's said that out-of-towners are responsible for cleaning out the store, but I can't say for sure.
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 10, 2020 10:31 AM ()
It takes several tries at different stores to find any toilet paper at all here. But the closest store gave us a surprise, and suddenly had lots of Clorox wipes and other brands. In what mr. trout had to deal with, I think I'd feel like looting.
comment by drmaus on Apr 10, 2020 4:12 AM ()
That was a fun post from Gary. It sounds like a war zone, what do you suppose Betsy is doing or will her provider shop for her. It is frustrating because it sounds like the 3rd of the month when the SS checks come in.
comment by elderjane on Apr 9, 2020 2:25 PM ()
My cousin Betsy has been on this same sort of social distancing since her third bout with bedbugs last summer. The people who help her avoid going there, every couple of weeks they bring some groceries - they don't want bedbugs to get on them.
reply by traveltales on Apr 9, 2020 4:14 PM ()
Gas here is about the same!!
I love the way he checked out the ice cream section! I had to wind up with Luigi's real Italian ices as there was no ice cream and with 90+ degree temperatures, I NEED something cool.
I did my usually go shopping on Thursday--no big deal--usual crowd but amazing how many without gloves or masks and most didn't observe the 6 feet space!!
They are still out of toilet paper!! What a thing to hoard!!! & I heard the Tushy company are selling out their bidets!!
comment by greatmartin on Apr 9, 2020 12:49 PM ()
I'll have to ask him what he considers weird flavors of ice cream - probably vegan or tofu or green tea or kale.
reply by traveltales on Apr 9, 2020 4:17 PM ()

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