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Talk of Russia and Saudi coming to an agreement about production.

Back here in Blighty neighbours avoid you on the street as if you have the plague.

Every man for themselves. Community my <deleted>.

As soon as the coast is clear can't wait to get back to Thailand.

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18 hours ago, Peterw42 said:

For some reason they cant (or have elected not to) sell office supplies, kitchenware etc,

I was wondering about the reasoning behind that, seem rather odd!

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Our local Tesco Lotus has also closed the aisles where office, electrical, recreation and car supplies, home furnishings and TVs, etc. are stocked.  It seems like they are only selling food, drink and bathroom supplies, i.e., essential things.  I guess this reduces the workload on those that stock the shelves.

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18 hours ago, Peterw42 said:

For some reason they cant (or have elected not to) sell office supplies, kitchenware etc,

 

11 minutes ago, LennyW said:

I was wondering about the reasoning behind that, seem rather odd!


There was a directive some time ago that stated they (supermarkets and such) were only allowed to sell "essential" supplies.
Someone decided that food, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies are considered essential while staplers, blenders and furniture aren't.

I just came back from Makro 20 minutes ago. Was there when they opened at 6 this morning. 
18 things on my list to buy.
Left still needing 10 things.

Things they have, they have a lot of (including eggs and toilet paper). Still not liking the fresh meat section though. Yeah, they provide plastic gloves which people put on before pawing the meat, moving their cart 2 meters, pawing some more meat, opening/closing a freezer lid, moving their cart again, going back and pawing some different meat - all while wearing the same set of plastic gloves.

And unlike when I was there last week, this time everyone in the place was wearing a mask. I think that was another directive (by Makro) - nobody allowed in unless they are wearing a mask.

Sigh - guess I'm going to have to make a trip to Big C to try and get the rest of the list before someone decides that everyone everywhere should be locked down 24/7 for the next 2 weeks.

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32 minutes ago, LennyW said:

I was wondering about the reasoning behind that, seem rather odd!

Because under the lockdown regulations those are not considered essential products

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On the strength of this thread I called in my local petrol station to top up my 1/4 full tank ( was on a food run anyway ).

At PTT 95 octane was down to 17.89 baht at Shell it was 25.89 baht !!

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9 minutes ago, Kerryd said:

 


There was a directive some time ago that stated they (supermarkets and such) were only allowed to sell "essential" supplies.
Someone decided that food, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies are considered essential while staplers, blenders and furniture aren't.

I just came back from Makro 20 minutes ago. Was there when they opened at 6 this morning. 
18 things on my list to buy.
Left still needing 10 things.

Things they have, they have a lot of (including eggs and toilet paper). Still not liking the fresh meat section though. Yeah, they provide plastic gloves which people put on before pawing the meat, moving their cart 2 meters, pawing some more meat, opening/closing a freezer lid, moving their cart again, going back and pawing some different meat - all while wearing the same set of plastic gloves.

And unlike when I was there last week, this time everyone in the place was wearing a mask. I think that was another directive (by Makro) - nobody allowed in unless they are wearing a mask.

Sigh - guess I'm going to have to make a trip to Big C to try and get the rest of the list before someone decides that everyone everywhere should be locked down 24/7 for the next 2 weeks.

What were the things missing ? As I said above, I couldn't see anything missing or in short supply.

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18 hours ago, Peterw42 said:

For some reason they cant (or have elected not to) sell office supplies, kitchenware etc,

This applies in all stores nationwide. They can only sell essential goods i. e. food and drink.

 

The rationale is, I'm sure to reduce the risk of spreading the virus by indirect contact. Here's an example.

 

Browser a. wanders around picking up and looking at pens. (for instance) Browser b. comes along a while later who is also looking for some pens.

 

Browser a. was an asymptomatic Covid 19 victim who has just left the virus on the pens. Browser b. is now at risk of also catching the virus.

 

Like I say, it's just an example, but these are the kind of risks that these restrictions are meant to reduce. I suppose you could call it 'indirect social distancing'. 

 

Don't touch and stay safe.

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2 minutes ago, Andrew Dwyer said:

On the strength of this thread I called in my local petrol station to top up my 1/4 full tank ( was on a food run anyway ).

At PTT 95 octane was down to 17.89 baht at Shell it was 25.89 baht !!

That is some serious price gouging by shell, I hope they get reported, as it is part of the current gov directives, no price gouging

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Am loving the price of diesel,  My daily commute is now 63 baht cheaper per week !!

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There is plenty of rice but NO eggs, I was in Makro couple days a go, they had a sign of just 2 cartons of eggs per person. That didn't stop people from hoarding them like it was free gold emptying the egg section in no time. It should be 2 cartons of eggs per family as typical Thai way I see a family of five each buying two cartons of eggs.

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