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Australia Bunnings introduces tough new shopping restrictions on everything from cleaning products to batteries as panic buyers stock up on items they can't get at Coles and Woolworths

03:25  26 march  2020
03:25  26 march  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Bunnings Warehouse Managing Director announces limits for shoppers to one cleaning product each as panic buyers rush to the store to stock up on items they can ' t get a Coles and Woolworths amid coronavirus pandemic.

Bunnings Warehouse employee Luke got emotional as he described treatment. Woolworths , Coles any retail worker, we are doing our best.' 'I don' t know how people can go home Coles , Woolworths , and Aldi have implemented a one-pack-per-customer limit on items such as toilet paper and rice

Bunnings is putting limits on how many cleaning products and face masks customers can purchase as panic buyers stock up on items they cannot find at supermarkets.

The hardware giant has followed in the footsteps of Coles and Woolworths, who placed restrictions on certain staple items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Thursday, customers will be limited to buying four items each of cleaning products, garden sprayers, batteries or storage containers.

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Shoppers will also be restricted to one item of face masks, methylated sprits, turpentine, gas bottles, generators or fuel cans.

Panic buying sparked by the spread of COVID-19 - which has infected 2,600 Australians - has seen supermarkets stripped of long-life items such as toilet paper, pasta and tinned food.

a sign in front of a building: Customers can now only buy four items each of cleaning products, garden sprayers, batteries or storage containers, and will be restricted to one packet of face masks © Provided by Daily Mail Customers can now only buy four items each of cleaning products, garden sprayers, batteries or storage containers, and will be restricted to one packet of face masks Some shoppers have even become embroiled in ugly confrontations over limited stock, particularly toilet paper.

Bunnings managing director Michael Schneider told the Today Show that his customers have been predominantly stocking up on cleaning products and face masks.

He said there's also been a spike in sales of office supplies, as a growing number of people work from home.

'As the uncertainty continues we want to make sure we can reassure customers that if you come to Bunnings you can get the products you are looking for,' Mr Schneider said.

'And you can get the things done at home you need too.'

a group of people standing in front of a store: The hardware giant has followed in the footsteps of Coles and Woolworths (pictured), who placed restrictions on certain staple items during the COVID-19 pandemic © Provided by Daily Mail The hardware giant has followed in the footsteps of Coles and Woolworths (pictured), who placed restrictions on certain staple items during the COVID-19 pandemic a person standing in front of a store: Bunnings said customers have been predominantly stocking up on cleaning products and face masks © Provided by Daily Mail Bunnings said customers have been predominantly stocking up on cleaning products and face masks The hardware retailer will consider hiring more staff, provided the stores are not added to the increasing list of businesses ordered to shut.

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Bunnings buying limits

Four items per customer:

Cleaning products

Batteries

Garden Sprayers

Storage containers

One item per customer:

Face masks

Methylated spirits

Turps

Gas bottles

Generators or fuel cans

Amid the panic buying, a Bunnings worker revealed how staff are facing appalling treatment from some customers.

Luke, who works in a Melbourne store, got emotional as he told radio station GOLD104.3 about 'disrespectful, impatient people' visiting stores.

'It's a struggle … we are trying, we are definitely trying 100 per cent … trying not to have a breakdown is impossible. Woolworths, Coles any retail worker, we are doing our best,' the worker said.

'We are run off our feet, we are trying our best – understand that everyone, and for those that are giving us respect and are being patient we can't thank you enough,' he said.'

Bunnings was forced to issue a statement to its social media accounts on Tuesday calling for calm as customers flocked in their hundreds to prepare for potential lock-down.

'We’re committed to providing a safe environment for everyone and we thank the community for practicing social distancing in our stores to help with this. Our team are doing their best to help customers get the products they need,' Bunnings wrote.

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