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Legislation to limit grocery store hoarding? San Mateo County Supervisor Canepa is considering it.

Original post made on Mar 22, 2020

In a statement sent out on March 17, San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa lamented the grocery store “hoarding" during the coronavirus crisis, saying he is considering legislation to limit the amount of items customers can buy.

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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 22, 2020 at 12:26 pm

The way "purchase limits to no more than four items" is presented is nonsensical. There is clearly some level of detail missing.

Are we talking no more than 4 packs of any one item that is in high demand e.g. toilet paper (seems reasonable), no more than four of any specific item (bananas are not selling out, 4 bananas for a family of 6 is not a lot of bananas, seems silly), or no more than four items total (seems crazy, can't even make a decent salad, and there is no shortage of fruits and vegetables)?

6 people like this
Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 22, 2020 at 6:52 pm

Of course, exceptions must be made for those who purchase more than for their personal needs, so they might offer them to "sheltered" neighbors.

Canepa needs to "shelter in place" and stay off his computer.

2 people like this
Posted by Cultists On The Loose Again
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2020 at 7:54 pm

You know, Hickey -- YOU are the one that needs to stay away from your computer, posting nonsense like that.

You sure you didn't contract COVID-19?

12 people like this
Posted by concerned resident
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 23, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Totally agree that people need to stop hoarding. Whatever steps are taken though please take into account that some of us are shopping for elderly family members who cannot go to the store. We also want people to be able to limit trips to the store due to exposure - so it makes sense to buy for a week at a time.

5 people like this
Posted by Linda McGeever
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Mar 23, 2020 at 12:16 pm

This seems contrary to the "limit your trips to once/week by the same individual in your household" rule of thumb.

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