A Victorian retail worker made an impassioned appeal to Melburnians to adhere to the latest regulations on COVID-19 after seeing people flouting the laws less than 24 hours after they came into effect.
Olivia Crockford wrote an open Facebook letter in which she called on consumers to do the wrong thing.
“To the fearful, we are not counsellors or psychologists but I hope we were able to wase your fear a little bit,” she wrote on the Mamamia Outlouders Facebook page.
“To people panic buying, please just stop unless it’s toilet paper. We have loads out the back and could use the space.
“To the people complaining about the panic buyers but also having a trolley full to the brim of items, you don’t fool us.
“To the people asking in a panic when we’re getting more meat, tomorrow and the the next day and the day after that. Please buy responsibly.
“To the old lady who stuck her hand under her mask to lick her finger so she could separate her notes, I hope my delivery was kind yet stern enough that you now know that that practice is unacceptable in the current climate. (Well, really at any time. It’s super gross.)”
Ms Crockford worked Monday from 6 am, the day after Premier Daniel Andrews declared on Sunday that a stage four lockout would start at 6 pm. Just one member of a household is now approved to enter the shops daily and they can go only once.
But Ms Crockford told the NCA NewsWire on the first day of the strict new steps that she witnessed some people flouting the rules.
“I think it’s that thing of people have their routines and they find it really hard to break them,” she said on Monday.
“They wear their mask so they think they’re OK.”
The 32-year-old — who works at Patterson Lakes, southeast of Melbourne — said she didn’t want to sound like she was having a go at her customers, but at the same time seeing people blatantly ignore the rules was taking its toll.
“This is the third time around we’ve had lockdown,” she said.
“Stay home, stay away from people, stay safe.”
The latest rule-breaking prompted Ms Crockford to pen the open letter.
“To the people I served more than once today, did you really need to come back again?” she wrote.
“To the regulars I serve every day, sometimes twice a day, same question.”
“It was a really long day yesterday,” she said, explaining panic buying had been in full swing ahead of the premier’s announcement.
Ms Crockford said while she was hopeful the tougher measures would help reduce the state’s COVID-19 numbers, part of her also felt a sense of hopelessness.
“I wish they’d just done this three weeks ago,” she said.
“Recently I was driving home from work at night and I would see people walking to other people’s houses.
Originally published as Supermarket worker calls out customers