Aussies have rallied behind hard-working supermarket staff amid the coronavirus crisis, with sweet messages of support springing up on shop shelves across the country.
Over the past few weeks shoppers have gone into panic-buying mode, clearing supermarkets of stock in a bid to prepare for self-isolation or a potential lockdown. However, with this has come a brunt of abuse and aggression towards staff who are struggling to keep up with demand and maintain full shelves of necessities.
Now, hoping to spread some kindness instead of hate, shoppers have begun to reach out to staff by writing notes of thanks and sticking them to shop shelves or posting them online. Social media has been flooded with photos of messages from both the young and the old who have noticed the strain employees have been put through of late.
Mum Samantha Anderson Launer took to social media recently to post a photo of a picture her daughter had drawn for Woolworths staff. “My 6 year old daughter drew this yesterday to take to our local Woolworths,” she wrote on the Woolworths Facebook page.
The bright coloured drawing featured a beautiful rainbow and a love heart and read: “Thank you Woolies staff. Sorry people have been rude to you”.
Meanwhile, others have gone out of their way to stick their notes to supermarket shelves for staff to read when re-stocking products. One social media user took to Twitter recently to share the short but sweet note that she had placed around supermarkets to show her appreciation for the hard-working staff.
“Dear staff, Thank you for all your hard work! We appreciate you,” the note written by @kenz_diver read.
— Kenzie (@kenz_diver) March 17, 2020
Meanwhile, another note spotted in a supermarket in Toowoomba, Queensland, thanked staff for continuing to work while the rest of the world “goes crazy”.
“Dear staff, thank you for keeping the shelves stocked and coming to work daily, while the world goes insanely crazy with panic buying. We appreciate you!” the message shared on Twitter read.
— Metallikati (@Metallikati) March 21, 2020
The influx of kind gestures comes after one supermarket night filler told of the back-breaking work staff are experiencing during the Covid-19 crisis and urged Aussie shoppers to show some respect. The dedicated supermarket employee gave Aussies some insight into what they’re really going through during this difficult time in an incredibly honest open letter shared online.
The post published on forum site Reddit explained the physical and emotional pain staff are experiencing on a daily basis and how, above all, they’re doing their best.
The staff member ensured people they’re working double to keep shelves stocked with more items coming in each day to keep up with the demand. And to try to keep the peace in supermarkets, they’re working longer hours and even coming in on their days off to help out. But despite their best efforts their feelings and struggles are being brushed to the side by the general public who are determined to ignore government advice and stockpile.
“My back hurts, my fingers are swollen, my knees are in bits,” the anonymous employee wrote on Reddit. “I haven’t had a meal with my family since this whole thing started two weeks ago. Trust me when I say that we’re killing ourselves to make sure there’s stock on the shelf.
“We have to try and do our jobs whilst also getting abused by our customers. People think they’re entitled to take more than the limits. People are sitting in the aisle waiting for stock, blocking us from actually doing our job. They’re also pulling things off cages and pallets making it unsafe for everyone.”