‘This is not 1970s Russia!’ Iceland boss hits out at panic-buyers as lockdown threat looms

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Iceland’s chief executive reassured Britons the necessary stocks to provide for a potential new coronavirus lockdown are available as he urged people to stop stockpiling. Speculation about the reintroduction of national restrictions sparked a resurgence of queues outside of supermarkets across the UK as Britons seek to prepare for shutting themselves at home again. But speaking to Good Morning Britain, Mr Walker said: “There is no issue and I’m not worried in the slightest.

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“And we’re not seeing the scenes we saw in March or in April, where we did have panic buying and trolleys overloaded.

“What we’re seeing is a slight uptick in demand for certain products, like toilet rolls.

“But as you can see, we have plenty of stock in the system and it’s not something I’m worried about at all.”

Mr Walker continued: “Everyone has a responsibility to play in this.

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“The re-sellers have a responsibility to reassure, the media have a responsibility to report responsibly and we’re not seeing shelves stripped bare.

“This is not 1970s Russia.

“Most importantly, shoppers need to shop responsibly because it is socially divisive.

“Stockpiling it’s only an option for those who can afford it and some of our customers simply cannot afford to buy more than they need”

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