Panic buying

During periods of particularly inclement weather you often hear reports of people ‘panic buying’.

But they always end up buying sensible things. Like too much bread and milk. Or 200 toilet rolls.

That doesn’t sound like panic to me.

“Panic is a sudden sensation of fear which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic fight or flight reaction.”

Wikipedia entry on “Panic”

If if was proper panic buying then people would be leaving the supermarkets with completely random stuff that they’d shovelled off the shelves into a trolley:

  • 27 Kg of white potatoes
  • 1 baking potato
  • 96 tins of prunes
  • 3 x Hello magazine (same issue)
  • A shoe