Exploring Urban Caverns

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Exploring Urban Caverns
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Edhat readers share photos of empty shelves and long lines while trying to stock up on supplies.

By an edhat reader

I took a walk in the sunshine yesterday and popped into Target to explore their urban caverns (above photo).

By Blazer

Trader Joe's on Milpas at 9:00 a.m. Friday. The line was on Alisos Street on the back side of the market.


Empty shelves at Trader Joe's on De La Vina.


Apparently pasta and bread are the first things to go, after toilet paper of course.

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a-1584907219 Mar 22, 2020 01:00 PM
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Oh my. I hope all these people raiding the stores are practicing social distancing. It doesn't look like the folks @ Trader Joe's are 6ft...

Shasta Guy Mar 22, 2020 01:20 PM
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TJs has red tape strips every 6’ to line up outside the store. In the store it’s a different story with people getting up close and personal while shopping. On Friday there was an oblivious woman blabbing on her cell phone weaving through shoppers like a fast driver weaving through cars on all lanes on 101. The grocery store is the greatest infection risk in my opinion, and I’m glad I don’t have to go for several days.

biguglystick Mar 23, 2020 11:52 AM
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I'm SO sick of th oblivious types. I mean, you have to be either living under a ROCK or very very selfish to do that! Stay 6 ft. away from people... just DO IT. Blab on your phone when you get back HOME and stay there. Manners, people! Manners!

a-1584920721 Mar 22, 2020 04:45 PM
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Ginger beer and gluten free must be in really high demand.

a-1584921200 Mar 22, 2020 04:53 PM
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Trader Joe's have been absolute mad houses lately. Once inside, the term "social distancing" is unknown. If you want to be a Covid-19 test case for SB County, TJ's are the places to go for a quick vector strike. "Sad"

MountainMan4865 Mar 22, 2020 05:17 PM
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We were in TJ's in Goleta today and Wednesday (shopping for us and neighbors). We got in line Wed. in front of Chase Bank... took us a whole 12 minutes before we were in the store. Today was the same (but didn't time it). The shelves were stocked, no one was piled up on each other and all was well. They even had paper towels and bread out the gazoo. Deep breath everyone. Deep breath.

d8vanilla Mar 22, 2020 06:26 PM
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Yesterday, Saturday, I was in the Smart & Final on Gutierrez, and the aisle with TP was empty. They were also out of some weird stuff, like Maple Syrup, Cottage Cheese only the giant size left, most of the bread items ...gone... etc. Worker said they will restock tomorrow, but customers will take everything within an hour after opening !!! They did have signs that said the limits on certain items....
I'm gonna try and do the Senior hours at Costco on Tuesday, because my daughter is almost out of T.P.

sbbeachguy Mar 22, 2020 10:31 PM
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Sprouts? Just the usual long lines for the usual two checkers (when 4 would make more sense).
Last choice for stores, IMO.

sbmh2015 Mar 22, 2020 10:35 PM
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I never have had a long line there. Also, I shop there regularly and they have more than 2 check out folks.

Minibeast Mar 22, 2020 11:13 PM
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RE: Line to get into Sprouts. My housemate did some shopping for me a couple days ago. (Organic items: Eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, kombucha, corn tortillas, canned refried beans, etc.) He reported the line for entry wasn't that long (he waited less than 15 mins, middle of Friday afternoon) and called me to tell me I was "smart" to send him there, because he found a lot of things on my list he couldn't find at other places. (Don't know what it's like now, but it's worth a try.) He didn't complain about the checkout line, so I'm assuming that wait wasn't too long at all. Trader Joe's at Calle Real, however, wasn't "as good" for finding things, he reported. However, that's where he found organic bananas and organic brown onions.

mickmoon Mar 22, 2020 08:58 PM
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Please don't hoard! There are no shortages coming from the sources. The shortages in stores are created by shoppers hoarding. If we all just get what we need for a little while the stores won't run out.

EMI Photo Mar 22, 2020 09:54 PM
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while "don't hoard" is great advice, also don't be too quick to shame people you assume are hoarding... Lots of people are shopping for themselves as well as neighbors and family members so may appear to be hoarding when in reality they are cutting down on health risks by minimizing the number of shoppers

truiz992 Mar 23, 2020 08:19 AM
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Agreed. While 99% of the Hoarding is unnecessary, What I failed to take in to perspective at the time was taking care of or helping others. I received 3 phone calls Saturday morning from elderly people needing supplies and yes, Toilet paper was tops on the list.

sbmh2015 Mar 22, 2020 10:36 PM
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I have to say that I do not think it is helpful to post these pictures.

conniemara Mar 23, 2020 08:22 AM
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Hello from lock down in Sicily...more than 3 weeks. Stay indoors....isolate.....love to all my SB pals and family

midair Mar 23, 2020 10:19 PM
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Pretty sure it's a capitalist structure at Target. Enjoy.

jqb Mar 23, 2020 10:22 PM
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Update from Governor Newsom (starts 3 minutes in): https://www.facebook.com/CAgovernor/videos/1767561873386933/

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