The coronavirus pandemic has folks in such a mass hysteria that they are actually fighting in retail stores and supermarkets over supplies like toilet paper, bottled water, and food.
A man was violently attacked at a Sam’s Club in Hiram, Georgia Thursday (Mar. 12) over an apparent dispute over supplies, according to a number of social media posts about the incident.
While video footage that has surfaced does not show the man actually being stabbed, as reported by a number of people who were there, it does show him being attacked and later carried away by paramedics.
Details are scarce at the moment, however, some people are saying the man was stabbed with a broken wine bottle, and others are saying he was hit in the head.
Specifics about what the two people were fighting over are unclear as well, with some people saying they were fighting over cases of bottled water and others saying the brawl was over food and toilet paper.
A photo that is being passed around on social media shows a man lying on the ground covered in blood.
The caption of the image reads: “This is 100% ridiculous! This happened at the Sam’s Club in Hiram!!! My friend is there and posted some pics!! Apparently this man and another man were fighting over FOOD!!! #LOOSINGFAITHINHUMANITY”
Neither the attacker nor the victim have come forward to confirm or deny any of the social media reports, but many are already blaming the incident on the coronavirus outbreak.
Over the last several days, as the virus spreads all over the world (so far, there are more than 130,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths) a number of retail stores have experienced mass shortages of household products such as toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water, disinfectants, hand sanitizer, and more.
A number of people have posted photos of empty shelves online, and the hysteria is so bad that the aforementioned products are on backorder on Amazon.
It is believed that folks are freaking out because the entire country of Italy is on a mandatory quarantine, and if that were to happen elsewhere, people are afraid they won’t be able to leave their houses to shop for needed supplies.
This is what happens when people all over the world are panicking:
— Rosy (@Rosalind10) March 13, 2020
Bruh wtf y’all taking this too far. All the toilet paper was gone from Sam’s Club. Costco was out of water on Friday also. HOW SWAAYY?!? pic.twitter.com/OC4M8B2SLr
— OXn3rd (@chicle_247) March 9, 2020
— Denise Chan ? (@dchanimation) March 13, 2020
— dcvince ? (@dcvince) March 12, 2020
— Ben Nilsen ? (@gauchohaulic) March 13, 2020
— Marianne Meyer (@mariannemeyer) March 13, 2020
— Jesus DANGER Christ (@JesusDangChrist) March 13, 2020
— Patrick ? (@pmbenson33) March 13, 2020
#CoronavirusPandemic #Covid_19 #CoronaOutbreak As I was leaving Meijer’s, the management told me they have done more sales today than on Black Friday and have never seen a rush like this before. pic.twitter.com/PLcDFyal2U
— wendell (@wendelltalks) March 12, 2020
Video taken by Daniel Copus at the Findlay @meijer tonight….sound added by us ? On a serious note, please do not panic, Findlay. Just remember to wash your hands. #coronapocalypse pic.twitter.com/2XimToLlRt
— socialfindlay.com (@Social_Findlay) March 13, 2020