Alert “06880” reader Ed Paul reports:
I was at the downtown Starbucks tonight (7 p.m.). The place looked like it had been looted. Shelves were empty. Showcase was empty. The usual supply of boxes with things to unload was missing.
I asked the manager if they lost their supplies because of the outage. He said they had power all day, and the lines were out the door most of the day. Now they were down to their last gallon of milk, and were going to be forced to close because of a lack of it.
I asked (maybe with disbelief) why they don’t go to a store and buy extra milk. The manager told me (with more disbelief) that Stop & Shop, Stew’s, Cumberland Farms, Fresh Market and several delis were either closed or had run out of milk, so he literally had nowhere to buy any.
Apparently in a storm, milk is more valuable than gold.
Meanwhile, further down Main Street, Jimmy Izzo from Crossroads Hardware posted a short item on Facebook: “Had my first storm-related return.” A customer returned some lights, saying, “I didn’t need them.”
Jimmy — who emphasized that 98% of his customers are great — added to his post: “Well, someone sure could have used those lights.”
The comments from Jimmy’s friends were perfect:
- “Did the guy who purchased sprinklers on Saturday return them yet?”
- “I can’t wait to see if people try to return generators.”
- “That reminds me, I need to bring back salt we didn’t use last winter.”
- “Can I bring back my barely used roof rake later today?
- “I’ve got a spare key you made which I haven’t needed.”