People Of Georgia Freak Out Over Snow, Empty Walmart Shelves

Winter has not been kind to the states on the eastern seaboard, and the current snowstorm closing in on the mid-Atlantic has already wreaked havoc in the snow-averse state of Georgia, where three to five inches of the white stuff was enough to send people rushing to stock up at Walmart.

Some citizen reporter at CNN sent in the following photos of a ravaged Walmart in Athens, GA. He also notes that the middling amount of snow had the University of Georgia delaying the start of its spring semester.

We here at the Consumerist Bunker in Brooklyn grow our own wheat grass and have a month’s worth of milk, water and vodka stashed in the vault for just such occasions.

How much snow does it take for you to make a run on the grocery and/or gun store?

Northeast Georgia Snow [CNN.com]

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  1. Evil_Otto would rather pay taxes than make someone else rich says:

    How much snow does it take to paralyze Georgia? One inch? Two?

    • Evil_Otto would rather pay taxes than make someone else rich says:

      Nevermind, TFA says five. Need more coffee.

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      zero inches. The slightest amount of rain followed by freezing temperatures will paralyze Georgia. The fact that they use those little reflector dot things on the roads causes problems too. They have no snow removal equipment, and even if they did, the plows would scrape off all of their little dots, so it really isn’t an option. It doesn’t make sense to maintain a fleet of snow removal vehicles when it snows once or twice every ten years.

      • SonarTech52 says:

        “Stop agitating my dots!”

      • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

        It snows a little bit almost every year, actually. It’s become increasingly more common in January and February.

      • Necoras says:

        I’m in DFW and we’re in a similar boat. We get snow about once a year (this weekend actually). We have no plows (do you really need one for 3-5 inches of snow?). We do have sand/salt trucks though. It’s rare that it stays below freezing after it snows, so we get snow, and then the next day all of the bridges are covered in black ice. Hence, sand trucks.

        • gerald.saul says:

          We also have lots of bridges and overpasses in the DFW Metroplex. If we didn’t have sand/salt trucks, we’d be in the same boat as Georgia. Although, our bad weather this past weekend wasn’t nearly as bad as what they got.

      • dadelus says:

        Not true, they’ve actually had storms of this nature every year since at least 2007. So that may have been true in the past, but for the last 5 years they’ve now had snow/ice that has shut them down. They may want to rethink their operations.

      • goodfellow_puck says:

        Heh, SC too. All they had was “cold and raining” near our area and they shut the schools down.

      • constanon says:

        ” The fact that they use those little reflector dot things on the roads causes problems too. They have no snow removal equipment, and even if they did, the plows would scrape off all of their little dots, so it really isn’t an option.”

        Bwhaa? Those reflectors are present in Cleveland as well where 5 _feet_ of snow is the annual average. Many snow plows pass over them without destroying the carriageway… ?

        • formatc says:

          You are probably thinking of low-profile reflectors like cats’ eyes that are more plow friendly. OP is probably referring to Botts’ dots which would be destroyed by a plow. They are little domes that are used in place of line painting and are common in southern states with little to no snowfall.

      • Firevine says:

        Every 5-10 years? You’re not from ’round here, are ya? Georgia winters have gone from merely miserably cold and rainy, to miserably cold and rainy, plus crap like this. I’m a bit farther south, and it’s mostly cleared up south of 285, but apparently the downtown area and north are still pretty crummy. I couldn’t even get in my car on Monday morning, and by evening, the ice had packed down into ass-busting traps of misery. It’s thawed out, and refrozen, and dear god I can’t wait for July. I’ve been here 30 years, and while yes, 98% of Georgians act like utter assclowns at the first hint of snow, we damn sure pay for the awesome summer weather with our winters., and they’ve been getting progressively worse over the past few years.

        Something that this reminded me of. I had a little get together for my birthday some years back. We’re all gathered outside wondering what to do next, freezing our butts off, we can see our breath, teeth chattering, all that jazz…in August…

      • Daggertrout says:

        Hah! There’s still places where you can drive by an see reflectors laying in the gutter around here from when it snowed last February.

    • Kibit says:

      My parents live in Cincinnati, Ohio and it only takes 1-2 inches to do that too.

    • barty says:

      I just laugh at the idiots who do this every time there is even a threat of snow here.

      I have lived in the South for 33 years and have yet to have seen a snow/ice event that kept everything shut down for more than 3-4 days. Most of us that were born and raised here don’t bother with the panic grocery shopping because we know the roads will be clear long before we start running out of groceries.

      • vaguelyobscene says:

        Bah, that is not at all what I see. I live in Virginia and the moment there’s a flurry, people start wrecking their cars and acting like the apocalypse is descending. The day after Christmas when we got twelve inches, a bunch of friends and I walked to sit on a bench by a busy intersection and watch the car wrecks. It was awesome. Like performance art.

    • Kevin411 says:

      Well, considering that it snowed 2 days ago and it looks like the roads will not thaw for 3 more days, it’s not a bad thing to have stocked up. Not only are the roads too bad to safely go get more (for many people) but you are stuck at home all those days, doing 3 meals a day for the whole family with no dining out, eating lunch at work/school, etc. For a typical family that’s 4 people x 3 meals a day x 5 days = 60 meals (that do not require electricity to prepare!) to have on hand. It’s not always this bad, but we know to be ready for it since it sometimes is. When this happened in ’82, we had no power or ability to drive on the roads for 9 days. I was 12 and loved it. My parents…not so much.

    • poco says:

      This reminds me of working at Walgreens about a decade ago. Our home office in Atlanta was closed for days because it snowed a few inches, meanwhile we were trudging through two feet of snow and getting to work on time.

    • bluline says:

      Heck, you can paralyze Georgia with a simple snow forecast. Doesn’t matter if it ever snows or not, the people will panic.

  2. The cake is a lie! says:

    I live in Salt Lake City, so the snow doesn’t really bother me to the point I’m going to make a run for the grocery store. I’ve never gone shopping just because a storm is coming. Of course, I have snow tires and 35 years experience driving on ice, so I’m not really that scared to leave my house when it snows either.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      …And of course, being a proper Utah’n, you have a fully stocked pantry with 3 years of food.

      That reminds me, I have to get some coffee for when the bishop visits.

      • The cake is a lie! says:

        I’m a transplant, thank you very much. I don’t even have a Utah driver’s license.

        • gc3160thtuk says you got your humor in my sarcasm and you say you got your sarcasm in my humor says:

          People.move.to Utah on purpose? Begs. No but really, on purpose? LOL.

      • GearheadGeek says:

        Except that the sort of “proper Utah’n” you’re describing wouldn’t drink coffee, certainly not when the bishop is around. Ovaltine, doncha know.

        • Erika'sPowerMinute says:

          Yeah, I think he’s aware of that.

        • Emperor Norton I says:

          Ovaltine, being a chocolate drink has theobromine, which is closely related to caffeine.
          Plus there is decaf coffee, which is what I drink due to the sleep & cardiac problems it causes.

        • nbaptist says:

          Thats OK just offer up a Pepsi we know it is free of that bad stuff!

    • Venus Blue says:

      Man, I know who I’m calling when I’m afraid my Honda won’t make it over point of the mountain :)

    • Cicadymn says:

      “I have snow tires and 35 years experience driving on ice, so I’m not really that scared to leave my house when it snows either”

      Name: All your base are belong to us!

      Are you one of those hip old dudes from soda commercials?

  3. ianmac47 says:

    When you live in a city, there is a good bet that the 24/7 bodega down the street probably won’t even close during a storm.

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      True enough. I was at work the day that Salt Lake City got 12 inches of snow in 24 hours and the only thing that closed were schools and the airport. I even worked on the airport property in the Delta reservations office and we were still able to get to work. They just couldn’t clear the runways fast enough or deice the planes quick enough with all the snow that kept falling.

    • JayPhat says:

      Yes, they’re called CVS/pharmacy.

  4. photoguy622 says:

    Gotta get the bread, milk, and eggs! We’ll be trapped for days y’all.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      Why does everybody want to make French toast when it snows?

      • Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

        Survival food should be rich in Fats, Proteins and Carbohydrates. Ergo… Bread, Milk, Eggs

    • LadySiren is murdering her kids with HFCS and processed cheese says:

      Bless your heart! Milk and bread, definitely, but you forgot Coke and toilet paper.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F-I0QAAq40

      • LadySiren is murdering her kids with HFCS and processed cheese says:

        I should note that’s from our local station, WFMY.

    • TheGhostshark says:

      It’s not so much the five inches of snow at my house in Atlanta, but the one inch of freezing rain and sleet that fell on top of it. I shoveled my driveway yesterday, and it was like shoveling creme brulee.

      But to be fair, stocking up on supplies might have been the correct response, because every grocery store close to me was closed yesterday and is still closed today. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were closed tomorrow. No mail service, garbage service, FedEx or UPS either. The cable guy didn’t come for an appointment I had set up, and didn’t even bother calling to say he wasn’t coming. Everything’s still screwed up.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Yep, I sent a FedEx overnight to Alabama yesterday and got a delivery exception email today. I’d rather they didn’t try to kill themselves delivering it, actually.

    • energynotsaved says:

      I bought a Kindle and wine in preparation for the storm. Glad I have both! As a Chicago escapee, I have no problem with the “wait until it thaws” philosophy we have here in Metro Atlanta. However, I hope school resumes tomorrow. I’m suffering from cabin fever.

    • outis says:

      I don’t know why, but I’m reminded of something I overheard a couple years ago. I’m in MIssouri, which isn’t exactly the arctic circle, but we get at least a couple good storms a year. Anyway, we had just gotten over one that knocked out some people’s power for a couple days and I heard one guy lamenting to another about all the food he had to throw away because they lost power for two days. You know, because of all the snow outside.

      • Saltpork says:

        Back in 2007 there was a nasty ice storm that rolled through Missouri.
        I was without power for 11 days.
        Frozen items went into a cooler in the shed in the back yard & refrigerated items went into boxes in my closed off garage. I cooked on my gas camp stove until I was out of LP then started using lump charcoal in my grill. Always outdoors & on my back porch. I cut apart boxes & taped them to the sides of the porch to keep the wind at bay.

        The house was cold, but I taped up the windows with cut trash bags, closed off rooms I didn’t use, slept in a lot of blankets and made it through without much more than a little discomfort. A fireplace would have been nice, but I didn’t have one at the time.

        After it was all over I put everything back together in my house, cleared limb debris and restocked all the things I needed.

        I think I lost a package of frozen berries & nothing else.

        I keep a decently well stocked pantry as it is(I have 10 lbs of butter frozen, 30 lbs of flour, 15 lbs of onions & 20 lbs of potatoes plus a deep freeze full of meat). Also, canned fruit & veggies are par cooked(which means in a pinch they are edible directly from the can) so I keep around a good amount of those, specifically beans.

        So the consumerist answer is I will brave the elements if it’s been more than 2 weeks and I have to start replenishing my food & supplies either via hunting, scavenging or shopping.

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  5. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Well in the DC area, school let out early and after school activities were cancelled but I understand why, as parents have to drive in the winter conditions to pick up their kids and that’s during rush hour. Outside of the schools closing, I don’t think chain stores around here will close for anything short of snowpocalypse or snowmageddon-like conditions.

    • Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

      Oh, you wimpy southerners. Montgomery county only canceled after school events.

    • Red Cat Linux says:

      It’s been a bit of a non-starter so far though. I can barely see any precipitation, and there is no accumulation.

      Overnight, it may get dicey if there is any bit of ran in what’s coming down. The side streets here are treacherous in the ice.

    • selianth says:

      Boston schools are already cancelled for tomorrow. It’s not supposed to start snowing up here till midnight or later.

    • Bobs says:

      The biggest problem is that folks in DC can’t drive in snow… or rain… or ice… or when its dark… etc., etc. In any kind of inclement weather, the majority of drivers you see will be in one of two classes: 1) “Timid & totally freaked-out” — driving 20 mph in the left lane with their flashers on, or 2) “I’m invincible in my SUV!” — Driving 80mph weaving in and out of traffic.

      Instant idiot. Just add water.

      • ExtraCelestial says:

        You hit the nail on the head! It can be a light daytime drizzle and inevitably 495/395/295 will have a pile up within a few minutes. It’s insane! Sooo glad I moved within walking distance from work. Washingtonians are crazy

      • meg99 says:

        Even light RAIN scares DC drivers. I was amazed about that when I moved here (from Massachusetts)

  6. dulcinea47 says:

    Um, you’re supposed to have food in the house *before* it snows, so you don’t have to go buy the last remaining can of spam once it starts.

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      Exactly. Stocking up isn’t just a good idea during a storm. It is a good idea ALL THE TIME.

      • RickN says:

        I prefer fresh milk and not canned/boxed milk. Ditto meat, bread, eggs, etc. Maybe you prefer to keep your pantry stocked with Spam and powdered eggs, but I prefer them fresh. So, before a major storm I hit the store for perishables.

      • Snaptastic says:

        I keep a case of MREs (military rations) in my basement for such an event. Push come to shove, in the event a catastrophe hits and I have to eat everything from my fridge and pantry, I got the emergency stash! X-D

        …I’ll just have to make sure the toilet works by then too.

    • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

      Yep. I live in the Adirondacks in NY, and I have a generator that runs the essentials hooked up to the house so we don’t lose essentials, bottled water in the basement, canned goods galore and a chest freezer to boot. Gas can is full, and a snowmobile to make it to a store that has electric in case we need more gas. (On top of a gas siphoning thing in case we need to pull it from the vehicles)

      I got 4 kids. I’m NOT going without ammenities.

  7. wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

    This is does not surprise me.

    People, you underestimate the ignorance Southerners have when it comes to dealing with/driving on ice and snow. What your city might handle very well, the South does not. Right now, I have friends who can’t go to work because of the driveways and neighborhood roads. And never mind the drivers down there. You will get killed by someone else freaking out in the middle of a hydroplane. One friend, today, witnessed a mini-van traveling sideways down a major road in the city. Now that I live in Upstate NY, I appreciate functionality in snowy weather a lot more. That said, I would not go out in the weather down there because of other people’s inability to drive safely.

    • samonela says:

      Sounds kinda like what happens when it rains heavily after a dryspell in Southern California.

      I’ve lived here all my life and still can’t believe that these people haven’t figured out how to drive (or just choose not to drive) in slightly bad weather.

    • moyawyvern says:

      A good hunk of the people in the South can’t even drive in the rain, so the snow freaks them out. Which is why I have been holed up in my house for 2 days. Too many morons tooling around in the 5 inches of ice and snow we got. Most people don’t even clean off the top of their car, so all that snow flies back at me.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        When I was at college, one of my roommates skipped class because it was snowing and she was from the South and didn’t know how to drive in the snow.

      • MNGirl says:

        When I was living in South Carolina, I was surpirsed at how people who can’t drive in bad weather would handle themselves. Instead of driving slow, staying far back, (which I thought would be common sense no matter where you live) it seemed like they would drive even faster and get right up on your butt. I tried to stay home just so I didn’t have to risk them hitting me.

    • Telekinesis123 says:

      Maybe I do take it for granted my and others ability in Canada to drive in the snowiest of conditions because I’ve always lived here, still, it’s kinda hard for me to imagine it being so difficult.

    • Glomarization says:

      Unfamiliarity with driving on snow and ice is a different issue from keeping your house stocked in case you’re snowed in, though. I lived in Seattle for about 10 years, and sure — when it snows, it almost always comes with ice, and you have hills and a population that just doesn’t know how to drive in it. So your best bet is to stay home for a few days.

      The point is that having to stay home for a few days should not cause panic for a household, because a household should already be stocked up.

    • Bativac says:

      LOL at someone up north complaining about bad driving in the south

      One thing I have learned my extensive travels is that bad driving is universal. I lived in Maine and there were just as many terrible snow and rain drivers as anywhere else.

      • aloria says:

        Exactly. I passed a flipped over truck driving to my parents’ house during the last snowstorm in Maine; people don’t get that just because you have 4WD doesn’t mean you can barrel down a snow covered road at 15 over the limit.

    • iamElyse says:

      As someone who is from NJ, but lives in Southern Virginia, I can say people do really overreact down here and I am more scared of other drivers in the snow than driving myself, but the cities and towns down here do a horrible job of plowing, salting, and making the roads safe. I think the refuse to budget enough money to buy the proper machines to take care of it all.

    • Rachacha says:

      Being born and raised in Upstate, NY I learned to deal with the snow and ice, but shortly after I moved to DC we had a snow storm (2″ of accumulation) when I was on my way to the airport. Traffic on the highways was at a standstill so I decided to take some side roads when I cam across a road with a slight incline and a bunch of SUVs spinning their tires and sliding backwards. I waited at the bottom of the hill for an opening, put my sporty car with REALLY wide profile tires into low gear and steadily climbed up the hill, steering clear of the cars that were slowly sliding towards me. The people that I passed had no clue how I was able to get up the hill, but a few eventually caught on when they saw I was going very slow and I was not spinning my tires. Driving in snow and ice is somewhat counterintuitive until you get the hang of it (who would think that to stop on an icy road that you should actually NOT step on the brakes).

      After living in DC for a while, the only thing that keeps me locked in is snow higher than the ground clearance on my vehicle (18″) and crazy DC drivers (the trick is to wait 12 hours, then all the people who think they can drive end up in a ditch clearing the way for all the snowbelt transplants.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        My dad taught me how to drive in snow during a huge snowstorm. Nothing like hands on experience!

    • socialretard says:

      It’s not really that people from the south do not know how to drive. It is more of the lack of anti-snow in infrastructure. You guys get all the nice fancy snow plows and salt trucks. Bad drivers are everywhere.

    • ParingKnife ("That's a kniwfe.") says:

      You can be a freakin’ amazing driver, but you’re still limited by what you’re driving in the kind of weather you’re having. We have a crappy Republican governorship that has bought into the whole “the state should never pay any money to maintain anything EVAR!” tea party mentality. Read the comments in the AJC if you don’t believe that people really do want it to be this way.

      I can’t drive my Corolla up the steep hill to get onto the main street near where I live, and neither can my neighbor who lived in PA all his life and is a recent transplant. It has nothing to do with knowledge of driving in the snow, and everything to do with the state doing nothing to clear the damn roads of the inch thick layer of ice we’re experiencing. I had to de-ice that area of the damn road myself, so I could get to nearby stores. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to run all over the city with snow shovel and a bag of road salt.

      The truckers who drive cross-country to deliver stuff to supermarkets aren’t exactly novices, it should serve as some indication of the ineptitude of the government that even they can’t get around. It’s even more annoying considering that we’ve had this kind of weather every winter now for the past five years or so. The time has long since come for the state to be prepared. I’ll eat my hat if next year isn’t as bad or worse.

      • 99 1/2 Days says:

        Has nothing to do with the Tea Party. Did you have snowplows when the dems ran the state?

        • Rose says:

          People who are now Tea Party members still voted the same way and felt about the same way before the Tea Party had a name, so members of the Tea Party could have something to do with it.

          Not saying that they do, just that it’s a possibility.

        • ParingKnife ("That's a kniwfe.") says:

          The weather wasn’t different when the “Dems” (read: Dixiecrats) ran the state. I’m saying the weather’s been changing for the past half-decade now and it doesn’t seem like the new tea-party inspired assembly and governor are up to accomplishing much since the tea-partiers practically by definition see all government spending on anything as an extravagance.

      • bben says:

        Another displaced Yankee who moved south to get away from the ridiculous taxes, then complains because we don’t have the expensive services those taxes provide, and demands that we provide those services driving up our taxes. We are supposed to provide a fleet of dedicated snow removal vehicles that may be used for a few hours once or twice a year? Then pay overtime and hazard pay to the operators to come in whenever there is a hint of snow?

        • ParingKnife ("That's a kniwfe.") says:

          Another displaced Yankee?

          I can make assumptions too. Most of which involve your mother and aren’t repeatable in polite company.

    • ncboxer says:

      Since it doesn’t snow much in the South, we don’t have the equipment or experience to deal with it. When I lived in upstate NY for several years, I usually slid the first time ice was on the road that winter season, but then it clicked and I said on yeah now I remember how this works. With conditions like this maybe once or twice a year, there is not enough to practice with.

      That said, I don’t usually travel down here when there are conditions like this. You have two types of drivers to fear. People going absurdly slow or people driving way too fast. Usually the slowest are the true southerns or old people. Why the hell are you driving 10 miles an hour while others are trying to go 35? Most northerners think they can drive so easy in the snow/ice because they used to many years ago up north. Hello? You must have forgot it all, but you are usually the ones that end up in ditches because you went to fast.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      ‘Ignorance’.

      Mm-hm. I had a New Jersey-born friend make fun of Southerners until she was in her first Southern snowstorm and quickly figured out that even Yankees have a hard time driving on solid sheets of ice. Her car still lacks the bumper it cost her to learn that lesson.

    • vaguelyobscene says:

      I am so glad you were chosen to speak on behalf of ALL Southerners. We aren’t equipped to deal with huge snow storms. We aren’t “ignorant”. Yes, the South tends towards shutting down instantly, but it is a safety option. Anyone who goes driving in icy conditions is a moron, and there are a lot of bad drivers out there.

      Please stfu up with calling Southerners “ignorant”. Every time I go to New York I have to deal with some jacka** who doesn’t know what the hell a turn signal is and is convinced he’s the only person on the road.

      • kennedar says:

        I drive on icy, snow covered roads all the time. Never been in an accident due to road conditions. We live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, if we didnt learn how to drive in snow, sleet, ice and everything else, we would never leave our houses!

  8. myteebay says:

    The storm was scheduled to hit Atlanta overnight Sunday. People were out Sunday during the day to stock up on supplies. The problem? You can’t buy alcohol on Sunday. So, while the bread, water, and dairy aisles were stripped clean (I was at Walmart Sunday stocking up myself), the beer/wine section sat there mocking those of us who hadn’t planned ahead.

    • digisplicer says:

      Wait, you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays? Even at places that have it openly stocked? Here in Washington State we can’t buy hard alcohol on Sundays either but that’s because the only place you can get it is state run liquor stores and they aren’t open on Sundays. You can certainly run down to your local grocery store and get beer though…

      • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

        You should really enjoy Utah, then.

      • cash_da_pibble says:

        Not to mention stuff is insanely overpriced or completely non-existent in WA state.
        We take our own booze from CA when we visit – a big handle of Jack and a bottle of absinthe.

      • goodfellow_puck says:

        They do not call it the “Bible Belt” for nothing. No booze on Sundays, anywhere, ever.

      • haggis for the soul says:

        In the St. Louis metro area, you can’t buy liquor on Sunday mornings, until maybe noon? I’m not really sure. I shop early and am used to seeing the liquor aisles roped off on Sunday mornings.

      • lilyHaze says:

        In New Jersey, a few years ago, I shopped at supermarket on a Sunday. They roped the section off where the wine and beer was located.

  9. TooManyHobbies says:

    Seriously, this always makes me wonder. Do people really keep so little food in their houses that being snowed in for 2 or 3 days will leave them starving?

    I bet we could live for 2 months without leaving the house, as long as the freezer had power. Probably only 3 weeks or so if we had to live off dry and canned goods.

    • Sam Glover says:

      I’ve always wondered this, too. Of course, I live in Minneapolis, where there has possibly never been a run on the grocery stores. When we got almost two feet earlier this winter, we just stayed home for a day, then did our best to get where we were going.

      Plus, the snow is still here. In Georgia, the snow will be gone before the milk.

      • Red Cat Linux says:

        I was very charmed by my visit to Minn/St.Paul. It was the first time I had seen fire hydrant “feelers”. I don’t know whatcha call em, but I asked someone why the hydrants had antennae and was told it was so you could find the firehydrants in winter.

        That, and there was an underground tunnel connecting several government buildings where I was working. Another way of getting around in the snow. I don’t know if I was getting my leg pulled about the tunnel thing though.

      • Sculder says:

        Incorrect. The milk is gone.

    • TheGreySpectre says:

      Yes but the nice thing about snowstorms is that even if you are without power you still have refrigeration.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      We were fine when we were snowed in for a whole week in February (DC area). You just make do with what you have in the kitchen. As long as you still have power, you can still cook or heat up food.

    • kalaratri says:

      Oh I’ve got lots of canned food, but it’s not always food that I want to eat for days on end if it’s not a dire emergency. If I know I’m not going to be plowed out for a few days I’ll go out a day or so before the storm and get milk, bread, and other things that I wouldn’t mind eating cold if we lose power.

    • delicatedisarray says:

      In the south house are not build to “winter standards.” Pipe lines run close to the surface, which makes them very susceptible to freezing. I do not normally buy bottled water- but in the case of winter weather I will. I have no way of knowing if I will have running water in my house after the freeze. Also in the south all of our power lines are suspended, when ice builds up they have a tendency to come crashing down. I do have blankets, candles, and flashlights year around for that though. But, the lack of power would take away my ability to cook. But being a lady who is fond of PBJ, I have a good supply of bread, jam, and peanut butter.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Get yourself a little Sterno stove and some Sterno cans at Walmart, in the camping section. I have one and during the ice storm in 2007, I set it up on my stovetop and had chili, soup and hot coffee and cocoa. (I also have a little camping coffee pot.) Works great.

      • haggis for the soul says:

        I wondered how much the building standards, and even layouts, of cities had to do with what happens when bad weather comes.

  10. Shinchan - Please assume that all of my posts are sarcastic unless indicated otherwise says:

    This is what the local Trader Joes and Target in Northern VA looks like every weekend…

    • Reading_Comprehension says:

      Trader Joes ALWAYS runs out of pizza dough, except the whole wheat kind, but that stuff is wet cardboard

  11. TheGreySpectre says:

    There has never been enough snow that I have had to immediately rush out to the store. Then again until recently I lived in a place that was used to get at least decent quantities of snow.

  12. Gravitational Eddy says:

    Here in Kentucky, it’s state law that we have to go to Krogers or the A&P anytime there’s more than an inch predicted.
    seriously.
    They’ll cancel school on the mere hint of a snowy day, and if actually it rains and freezes, you can’t find a carton of milk in three counties.
    Thank God for beer. and HotPockets.

  13. Brunette Bookworm says:

    Since I live in the land of lake effect snow, it takes more like over 12″ of snow to make me check stock and buy items I may run out of if snowed in. I have lived in Lexington, KY before (after living in Indianapolis) and the reaction of people there to the forecast of snow is funny. Of course, they had no snow removal equipment and it was hilly there. Now in NW Indiana, 3-5″ is just a normal snow. In fact, that’s what we are getting right now. Is it messy out? A bit. Are people panicking? No.

    • The Cynical Librarian says:

      Did you get utterly blasted this weekend? 40″+ for me… and 7 Eleven stayed open.

      • Brunette Bookworm says:

        No, fortunately. I am just west of where all the snow hit. I heard people talk about it.

        • The Cynical Librarian says:

          It was surprisingly fun, though it ended up killing off my car (finally), and forced me to re-evaluate my whole “I will simply take the bus when this car dies” plan.

        • seeker1321 says:

          I live just to the east of all of it in Elkhart, while they got 40″ we only got 8″

    • 99 1/2 Days says:

      “Lake effect snow”? That means lots of snowplows, sand trucks, etc. Atlanta has an inch of ice on the roads that has shut down the town. They have 8 snowplows. Atlanta is big.

  14. feralparakeet says:

    The reason we southerners are paralyzed by snow is because we get it so infrequently (though not in the last couple of years) that the infrastructure to clear it out just isn’t there. The ice is the reason that it’s so bad this time – and in the case of UGA, there are enough hills around Athens that it’s especially dangerous to be on the roads.

    The reason we clear the stores out of bread, milk, and eggs is because we all remember being stranded and without power during the blizzard of 1993, and we don’t want to be stuck like that again.

    There’s a corner store two blocks down from here, and I had to go re-stock on beer yesterday because I’m sure as hell not driving anywhere until I’m 100% sure the roads aren’t icy.

    • Telekinesis123 says:

      In Canada we drive on ice nigh 6 months of the year -.-

      • feralparakeet says:

        In Alabama we don’t have to, because we just shut down everything until it clears up :)

        Trust me, after some of the idiots I’ve seen trying to drive up the steep hill in front of my house for the last 24 hours, it’s better this way.

      • theellimac says:

        Yes yes, I get it. You live in Canada where it’s freaking cold every year. I’m 29, live in Georgia, have been driving since age 15, and this is the first time my local roads have ever been iced, therefore I have no experience. I don’t get how this is such a hard concept for everyone that these kind of conditions only happen around here once every 10-15 years, and we have to figure it out as we go along as well as there are no roads being cleared or salted.

      • Emaewest says:

        I live in Canada, too, and yet every year we have countless fender-benders during the first few snowfalls of the season, even if we don’t get much snow. It’s not necessarily because drivers are so bad, but because conditions can become treacherous so quickly. When the temperature hovers around freezing you get sudden black ice, wet, heavy snow, and slush, which are precarious conditions for any driver. Combine this with drivers who aren’t used to snow at all, and a lack of sufficient snow removal equipment. It’s no wonder people panic.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      If you’re without power, how do you expect to cook those eggs?

    • inogeni says:

      I also live in georgia, and i work in a grocery store to boot.

      Really, snow happens so little here that there just isnt the state funds to have all the equipment to clear it.

      So yeah, while i only have 5 inches of snow outside my door.. My butt is staying home.

  15. Aennan says:

    I haven’t been able to get out of my driveway for 2 days now. My area received 8 inches of snow, followed by an inch of ice. My county/city doesn’t have any snow/ice removal equipment. None at all.

    So, my neighbors from NY and other neighbors from PA decided they could still drive because of their winter driving skills. Both had single car accidents within minutes of leaving their driveways.

    Ice is a friend to no car.

    • Red Cat Linux says:

      I recall a snow here at the start of the SUV craze. Lots of people driving 4X4s who think that these vehicles have a signed certificate of traction from God. They don’t consider that 4 tires spinning on a slick surface works pretty much the same way 2 or one on a slick surface do. Except the 4X4 is harder and slower to stop.

      Lots of SUVs were in ditches and the medians that day, more than any other car I saw. I was impressed by the Peter Pan bus that managed to kiss a line of evergreens though. And some dude in an ancient Honda Breadbox whose main color appeared to be either rust or primer was blowing by everyone as if he was on rails.

      • baquwards says:

        Yeah, same here. During the SUV craze, every time it snowed, people would drive in it just for something to do, and to try to justify the 4 wheel drive they spent the 40-50k on. I mean of course you need a horribly expensive 4×4 when you live in an affluent southern suburb!

        A huge storm we had in I think ’99 I made it to work and back on unplowed 12 inches of snow in a compact car, weaving around all of the other idiots who got stuck or went off the road.

      • GearheadGeek says:

        Texans have loved Jeeps and 4WD pickups for WAY longer than there has been an “SUV craze” and yet most drivers of 4WD vehicles here still haven’t really learned that nearly ALL 4-wheeled automobiles have roughly the same steering and braking capabilities, so their 4WD doesn’t buy them anything except make it easier to gain velocity that’s hard to reduce or redirect.

        Being queer for Costco, I’ve usually got well over a month’s supply of toilet paper in the garage. We could make bread as long as the electricity holds, and wine’s WAY more fun than milk when it’s cold and snowy anyway. ;) Last year we were without power for a couple of days because of a big-for-Texas snowstorm, and THAT was a drag. Damned modern conveniences, even the gas oven requires electricity to light.

    • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

      That’s why I got studs on my car… not full proof, but help in case you hit black ice. I live in upstate NY, and you never know what’s beneath the surface of snow on the roads.

  16. Red Cat Linux says:

    I’ll only bother if I’m running low on TP and milk/cereal.

    The longest time I’ve ever been snowed in is 4 days. Who wants to spend 4 days without milk and toilet paper?

  17. nbaptist says:

    Yes this Global Warming thing is scarryyyyyyyyyy. Time to stock up on blankets!

    • 99 1/2 Days says:

      Um, more bad storms were predicted due to global warming. So this is expected by climatologists. And to those of us who read even a little on the subject.

    • ARP says:

      They call it GLOBAL warming for a reason. Because global temperatures have risen, not where you live. Climatologists have predicted that some areas will actually be cooler (or more moderate) or that they’ll have more extreme weather. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t some parts of the South that are being hit with snow also have record heat and a near record drought in the past few years?

    • Daggertrout says:

      Don’t leave rotten meat lying around or it’ll start producing maggots spontaneously!

    • pyrobryan says:

      Good job on understanding the difference between weather and climate.

  18. RokMartian says:

    Great post – shows your ignorance. I live here and we had the worst snow in over 10 years.
    What you don’t know is that only did we get snow, but most if was in the form of sleet and ice. After the snow, just about every road and interstate is impassable. You can bet that anyone out on the road getting stuck are the northern idiots who like to laugh at us.

    The once every 10 year snow/ice storm doesn’t warrant us paying millions in taxes every year to stock up on snow plows and salt trucks.

    We’ll be laughing at all of you whining when it gets over 85 degrees this summer and you can’t handle the heat wave.

    • nbaptist says:

      “The once every 10 year snow/ice storm doesn’t warrant us paying millions in taxes every year to stock up on snow plows and salt trucks.”

      Your right we need to contact Al Gore and use that money wisely on Carbon Credits!

      • theellimac says:

        So you really think that Georgia needs to have all this equipment on the ready for the next time this happens in 2026?

        • ParingKnife ("That's a kniwfe.") says:

          It’ll happen next year. We’ve been seeing progressively harsher winters, and I don’t understand why no one is picking up on the trend.

          • theellimac says:

            I live in south Georgia where there was ice this year, but no snow. Last year it snowed here for the first time since 1976… I need more than 2 years in a row to believe we need snow plows.

            • Firevine says:

              I live in Newnan where it snowed five times last winter, including the biggest snowfall I had seen here in about 25 years. (Oops, just saw someone mention ’93, make that second biggest) If memory serves me right, as this was some time back, we had ice storms in ’01, ’02, and ’03. I was delivering pizza in all three. Yay.

              Though, of course, people say we’ve had record highs the past few summers too. I just say they’re back to normal after a few that were about 10 degrees cooler on average. We’re back to my sweet, sweet 90+ degree weather.

        • Firevine says:

          Or about this time next year.

    • Bobby Creek Water says:

      Correct – the North becomes paralyzed when the temp. goes above 85. While I can drive in the snow and on ice with a certain level of confidence (I’m just a good driver) the others (see north of VA) have to understand that us Southerners are not well equipped for snow/ice.

      So here is a cookie for those who can drive in 20″ snow with ice still on the windshield while holding a conference call.

      • Rhinoguy says:

        All that and sucking on a hot cup-o-joe, snarfing a donut and jamming eight forward gears in a truck built in 1963. No power steering, brakes, heat, air or any springs left in the seats. While trying to get a small straight six to climb hills in Western Pennsylvania. Just takes practice. Thank God the band and the groupies were good enough to make up for the effort! Terrified my share of VW Beetles!

    • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

      I have a friend who moved to Texas from Minnesota. She was laughing at us b/c we were freaking out about the ice. Then, it iced…. She wasn’t laughing anymore. She tried to drive on it to go to the store and got in a fender bender.

  19. montusama says:

    Come visit Buffalo people, one day the snow might be gone and the next you get several inches of snow, maybe even more.

    • Red Cat Linux says:

      I thought in Buffalo you folks just tunneled out of your houses in the morning and got on with it.

      /s

    • lockdog says:

      I grew up in Syracuse. The house in my grandmother’s neighborhood had doors on the second floor. Most people had added decks, but they were originally for digging out the front door if you were drifted in. Even the residential streets were plowed by giant trucks with two or three articulating blades and a side blade that could throw the snow up over the banks on the side of the road.

      Here in Lexington KY, where even a few inches of snow are common enough they plow the main roads with pickup trucks. That’s it. If you are up early and out of your neighborhood while the snow is fresh, the main roads are usually slushy, but passable. The problem is that after a while the unplowed side streets get packed down and turn to ice. Once that happens they won’t run the school buses, so until we get warm up the kids are stuck at home. Often that can take days, so unless you enjoy going to the supermarket with your kids, you definitely might want to stock up a little.

      Still, I’m moving back North at the first chance I get. 4 months of snow isn’t my favorite, but three months of freezing weather with little to no snow is far worse.

  20. ThinkerTDM says:

    I’m willing to bet that most people have enough food in their domicile to last the 4-8 hours until the snow is cleared.

    • Bativac says:

      Snow cleared? In Georgia? By what, exactly? All the snowplows they have hanging around for the occasional snowstorms that happen?

    • dru_zod says:

      4 – 8 hours? Not in Georgia or North Carolina. Our Christmas day snow here in NC was never cleared in a lot of places. Some side roads were pretty much just left to melt and remained solid sheets of ice for three days. The road I live on was not scraped or salted until three days after the snow hit. The main highways and interstates were the only roads that got cleared quickly, and even those were not cleared very well. I haven’t ventured out since Sunday afternoon, so I don’t know what the situation is with our current snow mess, but by some miracle, my road is clear.

      • dru_zod says:

        I’ll add that, while it does take more than 8 hours to get our snow cleared here, I have never been stuck in the house for more than 3 days by snow. Even in the bleepin’ blizzard of ’93, we were back out in town 3 days after the storm hit. So while we do not have the largest, most efficient snow clearing system, we also do not need to wipe out the milk and bread sections of the grocery store every time a TV weatherman says the s-word. However, there are some houses way, way up on the tops of mountains around here, and I’ll bet their inhabitants will not be leaving the house until some significant melting happens. Then again, their inhabitants are probably retirees from Florida who went back to their Florida home as soon as the temperature dropped below 50.

    • ellemdee says:

      In my area, streets are plowed on a prioritized basis. Hospital and school routes first, then other main roads, then secondary, then (only sometimes) side streets. It can take days for all streets to get plowed and they don’t always plow every street (plus many get packed down to the point where plowing is useless before the plows can even get to them).

      Still, I agree…I have to believe people have enough food in their house to last until the roads are safer, even if it’s a few days. The only times I’ve seen a real run-on-supplies panic is right before Y2K (mild panic, some stores were out of flashlights and batteries for weeks) and when that huge multi-day power outage happened in the midwest. It was the only time I’ve seen all of the gas stations in my area run out of gas and the only time my work’s ever closed early (or at all).

    • 99 1/2 Days says:

      You might want to rethink that name of yours.

  21. tozmervo says:

    Every year, the South gets a lot of flack for this behavior. And while I do see some people go a little nuts, a lot of the concern is warranted from experience.

    * Southern cities have a fraction of the snow removal/road maintenance equipment that Northern cities do
    * Most people that grew up in the South have never needed to learn how to drive on snow and ice
    * Because it is usually warmer, snow tends to melt during the day then refreeze at night, often creating an even worse situation
    * Forecasting snowfall is notoriously inaccurate. A forecast of 2″ may result in a dusting just as readily as it results in 12″. That 32 degree line can drift just a little bit and cause wildly differing results and consequences

    All of this adds up to people being stuck at home. I’ve been in storms that shut down the city for up to a week. THAT is why experience tells Southerners to stock up on supplies.

    • tozmervo says:

      Someone above mentioned the Blizzard of ’93, which I vividly remember. That’s a good example of experience that says “get food now, you might not leave your house for seven or eight days.”

      • RickN says:

        What!! You bought perishables before a major storm? What kind of crazy Southerner are you that you want fresh food for the next 3-4 days?

        Apparently all the Northerners here keep weeks worth of potted meat and powdered milk in their pantry instead of getting fresh food. That explains so many things….

        • Karita says:

          Lol.

          But seriously, we rarely shut down for snow up here. I can’t remember the last time the state of CT actually did that – probably a blizzard in early ’96. We have our own stupid snow driving problems, but as long as I can get over the pile of snow the town plow leaves on the end of the driveway, I can usually get around. I just prefer not to. We like to pretend we are awesome, but there are plenty of people up north who have no damn clue how to drive in the winter.

          And we make fun of the southerners, but it seems like a lot of people around here stock up on food, too. It makes no sense! We have a storm coming in tonight, and the state/town trucks have already been out all day pre-treating the roads. WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET TRAPPED!

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          I don’t have a problem with stocking up with perishables before a snowstorm, but I hope people weren’t freaking out about it because that leads to distracted thoughts and accidents. If I knew a major snowstorm was rolling by, I’d stock up milk and eggs if I needed to, but by the way people raided the store you would think that these items were necessary for end of the world survival. You might not leave the house for 6 to 8 days, but unless you have a completely empty pantry, you should be fine. Panicking is bad.

          • pinkbunnyslippers says:

            Last year during Snowmageddon, we lost power for 3 days in February. I went out to get milk (because I genuinely needed it), and the Harris Teeter had none, and I mean zilch. They were even out of BUTTERMILK!

            I ended up having to buy powdered milk. When people start panicking and buying buttermilk, it’s all-out panic.

          • zzyzzx says:

            Not only that, you really don’t want to even be driving past a grocery store.

      • dru_zod says:

        I was nine years old when the blizzard of 1993 hit, and that was the experience that completely ruined snow for me forever. I absolutely loved snow when I was a little kid, but since that blizzard I have hated snow more than I have ever hated anything else. I absolutely despise the stuff, and it would not bother me one bit if I never saw it again in my lifetime.

    • Glomarization says:

      The refreezing note there is right on the money. Whether you know how to drive on snow or not, it’s the ice that’s super dangerous. And it makes no sense for a municipality to buy snow removal equipment and salt when an area gets so few snow events every year. Then the people who complain that the snow wasn’t removed one year will be the first to complain the next snowless year that the city bought equipment that’s left idle.

      • CaptainSemantics says:

        +1.

        We’re in Brookhaven, a neighborhood inside the Perimeter of I-285 in Atlanta. Our road, a little ol’ surface street that is next to Peachtree Rd, a major thoroughfare in Atlanta, had not been touched by a truck as of this morning. It’s the ice. Ice always paralyzes us down here.

        I am originally from Illinois and used to make fun of Atlantans in this weather. When it snows an inch or so, I still laugh. But this storm dumped 4 or 5 inches, and brought an insane amount of freezing rain/sleet/rain/ice. It’s pretty nuts. Find the video of the guy skating on Peachtree St. in Midtown. That will show you what we’re dealing with.

        I read somewhere there are 8 trucks in Atlanta. While I still wonder why there isn’t some kind of operation to outfit other trucks to spread salt/sand, you have to remember that Atlanta can’t really spend a lot of money on this, as it happens – at most – once a year.

        So now I will go outside to walk our dog to investigate the streets and watch him try to eat the snow that is covered by a layer of ice outside. GA State has already canceled tomorrow’s classes, so more homework and reading all day tomorrow! Oy.

    • RandomHookup says:

      The ice thing is the killer. Almost no amount of equipment will be able to do much about iced over roads.

  22. RickN says:

    It may be a middling amount to New Yorkers and their hundreds of snowplows and sand trucks, but five inches of snow is a major snowfall for us. We don’t have the snow and ice removal infrastructure so we wait for the stuff to melt off the non-major-traffic roads.

    My street, for example, is a 1/4 mile uphill sheet of 2″ ice to the nearest cross street and another 3/4 mile to the nearest plowed road. I won’t be leaving my house until tomorrow sometime (day 3 after snowfall) and that happens only after I de-ice my driveway.

    • misterfweem says:

      Don’t let ‘em rankle ya. I live near a small college town up north that draws in lots of students from warmer climes. We do tend to have lots of accidents after the first snowfall of the year, and after every subsequent significant dump, but four out of five vehicles that are banged up have local plates or plates from where snow is common, even in June . . .

  23. Glomarization says:

    Because I always have at least two weeks’ worth of food, toiletries, cash, and other necessities in the house, I have to make a run to the store only *after* an emergency — to replenish my pantry.

    I mean, not to get all self-righteous about it. But I live in a city where we get a good blizzard every winter and a few really severe, power-killing thunderstorms every summer. Every region has its own weird emergencies, and every household should be prepared beforehand without needing to make an extra run to the store.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Or maybe the rationale should be that if you’re going to get stuck in your home for a week, it’s okay and acceptable to just eat whatever is in the fridge, even if it’s cheese and crackers for dinner. I mean, if there’s four feet of snow outside I don’t think anyone is going to look down on you for not roasting a whole chicken for dinner.

      I’m in DC and though we don’t get a blizzard every year, we see enough snow that I can understand people buying a few things they know they need but there’s no excuse for an all-out raid. I mean, it’s okay to raid the stash of Lean Cuisine meals if you’re stuck inside for a few days. People act like you’re going to resort to cannibalism if you can’t have a roasted chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, and a bottle of wine for dinner.

      • RickN says:

        That sounds weird. “I know I’m going to be snowed in tomorrow and the following 2-3 days, so instead of grocery shopping today I’ll just eat out of the fridge?”

        Maybe the rationale should be “I’ll shop today since I’ll be snowed in the next 4 days.” Wait…that’s exactly what people did. And the stores ran out of perishables, as a result.

      • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

        I think, what I least understand, is the people who usually eat out; I understand they have no need for a lot of food, but why not take advantage of their cabinets/freezer? Canned foods and frozen stuff are great for emergencies and take forever to spoil. Keep an extra 4 pack of toilet paper on the shelf that you don’t touch, and a case of bottled water in your closet.

        Bam. I think you’ll survive.

  24. Telekinesis123 says:

    Geesh people of Georgia you should come to Canada, it’s a balmy -22 C right now and a foot of snow on the ground. The only way school got canceled when I was a kid was if it was -30 C and a blizzard, generally both of those have to be present.

    • Aennan says:

      I’m guessing you may live in an area with snow removal equipment and places that actually sell snow tires (that’s a special order item in Georgia)?

    • Red_Eye says:

      Yes Canada gets snow and has the equipment to deal with it. Atlanta owns 11 snow plows because we get on average 1-2″ of snow a year, usually they dont even need the plows. We also have 1800 lane miles of freeways. So digging out from the snow takes us longer.

    • borgia says:

      Thats the key. Its frozen and it is staying frozen. In my experience between northern winters and southern winters the small amounts of snow the south gets on a relative basis can be a bigger pain. When it snows in the south, the snow will melt in the day and freeze again at night meaning slick iced streets every morning where as in the north the snow might pack down to ice it never gets as slick as melted snow.

    • Clyde Barrow says:

      -22 C ? Oh I love Canada in the wintertime. Tonight we in the the Metro Detroit area are getting a ton of snow and I loooooove it.

  25. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    In the many years I worked as a cashier, I was always amazed why people always buy milk, bread, and toilet paper. Well, not that amazed at the milk and bread part(which was funny in that once the bread sold out, no one thought to buy eggs, flour, and yeast. I mean, what better way to keep the family occupied as you get sealed into your snowy coffin than to make bread!), but the toilet paper part. I mean, how low are you that even a week of being snowed in with your slowly going homicidal, recovering alcoholic, writer husband depletes your reserve?

    Nim-rahc. NIM RAHC!

    • Red Cat Linux says:

      Win!

      I do tend to let the state of TP affairs get dire before I go out and get more. But I can’t quite fathom buying enough for an entire Boy Scout Troop to TP a city block. It’s not the ice age… but some people shop under these circumstances like the dinosaurs are out in the backyard dying while they’re in the Walmart.

    • zzyzzx says:

      Plus if you do run out of toilet paper, you can always clean up in the shower.

  26. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    You can’t scare me, I’ve lived in the snowbelt of NY… where it snows every day for 2 months, and 60 inches is often a single snowfall.

    Now, that said, I wouldn’t be on the roads with people who can’t drive in the snow.

  27. Benny Gesserit says:

    I’m from eastern Canada and, in our area, it’s nothing to have 1-2 ft at any given time – most winters a dump of 3ft isn’t unusual. Panic? We’re mostly “Meh!”

    We’re used to dealing – out citys/towns have snow removal equipment (and budget!) We know how to drive in snow/slush. We know to watch for “black ice” when the roads seem clear. We know what to wear for the walk to work.

  28. dolemite says:

    They do this in VA too. Very annoying if you just happen to do your regular shopping on a day before bad weather.

  29. MNGirl says:

    I remember when I moved to South Carolina From Minnesota, everyone would tell me to make sure to keep bread, eggs, and milk in my freezer in case of bad weather. the couple times it snowed the mall I worked at would close, and everyone would race to the stores to stock up. being from Minnesota I found it to be quite funny.

  30. Darkrose says:

    My fiancee is out buying bread, eggs and milk for the coming snowpocalypse here in Philly.

    They’re saying 6 inches at most. WE ARE ALL GUNNA DIE!!!

  31. Cranky Diva says:

    As a Person of Georgia, I concur with all of this. Especially after spending a large portion of yesterday afternoon sitting comfortably in front of my fireplace with cup of coffee, watching my newly-transplanted-from-Chicago neighbor attempt to back his Ford Subdivision up his driveway. He couldn’t have been less successful if it had been buttered, too.

    I don’t care where you’re from or what you drive, when people are literally ice skating down the main thoroughfare, it’s OK to admit that Mother Nature won one.

  32. stevied says:

    30 days of supplies better be the norm

    (Hurricane, 8.0 Earthquake etc)

    Personally I got 60 days of water and diet coke so I am set except for wanting some fresh McD French Fries.

  33. Rachacha says:

    Snow storm prep really depends on how much snow they are calling for and how long think it will take before the stores will open again. I might go out and purchase milk & TP, but it is usually because I was running low on those items and pushed the purchase up by 1 day just to be safe.

    I did feel shame one year because I went to a Home Depot the day before a “major” storm hit to purchase sume lumber for a project was working on. They had large snow brushes set up on display that I felt would work better to clear the snow off the top of my higher profile vehicle than the brush that I already had, so I decided to overcome my embarassment of being “one of those people” who had to run out and purchase a snow brush right before a storm.

  34. Speak says:

    I live in Eastern PA and I don’t ever make a run on the grocery store because of an up-coming storm, but that’s because I have a lot of food at home. However last week when there was a forecast of a few inches the next day, I went to my local grocery store to buy some needed items (I think I was out of OJ or something) and was greeted by long lines and low supplies. It then dawned on me that “tomorrow it may snow so I need enough food to last 2 weeks” must be going though all those people’s heads. If I run out of something and I am snowed in or the stores are closed because of the weather, oh well, I guess I will just have to eat something else. I hope I don’t need to get anything tonight because the forecast is for 4-8″, that means that a lot more people will be out clearing the shelves tonight then there was last week.

  35. weathergirl says:

    I’m from central Illinois. The most snow I’ve ever seen here from one storm is 18 inches; even then, there’s no panic. If the snow is coming in overnight Friday, I’ll just do my shopping on Friday night instead of Saturday morning. No big deal. And that works because everyone else here has the same attitude.

    Then again, I have a BS in meteorology…that probably helps a bit. But I don’t remember my parents, or anyone else, ever freaking out either.

    Southerners, I’m not hatin’ on y’all…in fact, on behalf of drivers everywhere, thank you for not going out in the middle of a snowstorm if you don’t know how to drive in it.

  36. Brandon Barr says:

    To be fair, I’ve spent years in the north, but I’ve never seen roads as slick as they are in Atlanta right now, even with “middling amounts” of snow and freezing rain (mostly because Atlanta isn’t equipped to clear roads). For example, look at this awesome guy iceskating on Peachtree in downtown Atlanta: http://vimeo.com/18654578

    But yeah, the grocery runs are pretty funny. My wife came home from our regular Sunday grocery trip and looked like she had a case of shell shock. :)

  37. ReaperRob says:

    What’s snow, is it the white stuff that we only get once a decade?

  38. Amnesiac85 says:

    I grew up in Philadelphia and came down to Atlanta to live when I was 18, been here ever since. Here is one of the busiest streets in Georgia, about two blocks from me: http://www.vimeo.com/18654578

    The problem is, while 3 or 4 inches is not much (Philadelphia had epic blizzards varying between 1 and 3 feet), when the city does not employ plows or salt trucks anywhere except the highways, most of the population is stuck.

  39. LunaMakesThings says:

    I love how Northerners make fun of us Southerners who don’t know how to drive in the snow. Well, FYI the roads are not covered with snow right now, they are covered with ice. And I believe everyone’s tires can slip on ice, right? And some of y’all don’t quite realize how hilly it is here where I live, near Atlanta. And, we’re quite spread out too, so the two or three snowplows we have won’t reach everyone before the ice just melts on its own anyway.

  40. auntiesocial78 says:

    I live in Athens. I’ve been stuck at home for two days because the parking lot of my apartment is a GIANT SHEET OF ICE. We got 8 inches of snow, not 3-5, which is basically unheard of for this part of the country during this time of year. The snow wouldn’t be so bad, but there is a 1/4″ sheet of ice covering the snow, due to the fact that we received freezing rain all day long yesterday after receiving 8″ of snow.

    So, you know, if anyone has anything constructive to offer other than “herp derp stupid southerners can’t handle snow,” I’d LOVE for you to please come down with a snowplow and possibly some brine trucks. Thank you!

    • feralparakeet says:

      Hey lady, I actually know you! I wouldn’t want to try climbing down those stairs at your place for a couple more days. It looks scary :(

  41. kityglitr says:

    Born and raised in Georgia, and attended UGA. I have no clue why they freak out when it snows… it happens at least every 3 years or so. I get that folks in Athens freaked, as there’s only a few grocery stores and the Walmart there. You have to drive at least 30 to 45 minutes to get back to the civilized suburbs of metro Atlanta. That being said, I myself got stuck at a friend’s dorm back in ’95 or ’96. We tried driving, but what folks don’t realize is it’s not the snow, it’s the ICE under the snow. It tends to sleet a lot and it’s hella slippery.

  42. polishhillbilly says:

    this happens every time a small percentage of snow is forecasted here in Arkansas.

    schools are shut down with 1 inch of snow on the ground.

  43. cmdr.sass says:

    Attributing this phenomenon to panic or ignorance is stupid. it’s not that there’s a run on the stores, it’s that people pick up their groceries now so that don’t have to go out during the storm or its immediate aftermath. Instead of the normal daily shopping volume, you get 2 or 3 times as much the day before the storm. With just in time inventory, the high turnover items like milk, bread, and eggs run out. This kind of stuff is so simple to understand it makes me wonder if anyone is using their brain at all.

  44. wiggie2gone says:

    There are still people riding bikes in South Dakota after this last storm. So I think it would have to be a day like the movie “Day After Tomorrow” for me to freak out like this.

  45. Tarceinus says:

    Wonderful, can’t wait to hear more “That ain’t no Global Warming! Look how much it done snowed!”

  46. huygensbyer says:

    That’s for any southern state that doesn’t see a lot of snow. My mom lives in TN and if they get three inches of snow, the store shelves empty.

  47. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I’ll get milk or bread, but only if I’m already running low. Since I’m pretty good about watching the upcoming weather patterns (tornado country, btw), I usually get to the store before it’s ransacked.

    I’ve got a little Sterno stove and some Sterno to cook with if the power goes out, although if it’s winter I’d probably just go to a motel since my furnace won’t work without electricity. If summer I’d make do. And Girl Scouts taught me how to build a fire and make a vagabond stove from a coffee can. I could camp out if I had to.

  48. Kibit says:

    It isn’t just the southern states that have issues. I live in COLORADO and have issues with drivers in the snow. Our average snow fall drops 8-10 inches of powder. We have had blizzards every year for the past 4 years and yet people still have issues.

    Most of the problems are drivers driving too fast and or not giving enough room to the driver in front of them.

    I don’t really mind driving in the snow when it isn’t below freezing, but when the temps are in the low teens and single digits I don’t like to drive because then its ice covered with snow. If I don’t have to go out then I don’t, one of the other reasons is because of the other drivers.

    We have a lot of residents here that moved in from states where you rarely get snow, such as California. I think part of the issue is people driving in snow that don’t know how and residents that have become complacent about driving in the snow and treat each snowfall the same way. Each snowfall is different and the conditions on the road are too. You have to adjust to the ever changing conditions.

    • ellemdee says:

      I’m in Michigan and it never ceases to amaze me how, every year, there are people who seem to forget that snow is slippery & 4 wheel drive doesn’t mean they can stop on a dime while driving 50MPH on black ice.

    • BorkBorkBork says:

      Agree 110%. I live in the Uintas, and after a significant snow storm, I stay home just because of all the dummies on the road. I grew up driving in NH winters, and for some reason, me and my Toyota sports car have never had anywhere near as many problems in the snow as the average Utahn with their 4×4 SUVs.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I wish I had the option to not go out in icy weather, but unfortunately that’s not a good enough excuse to stay home from work. When everyone else shows up with their 4x4s I have to drag my Buick out. Even if it won’t start due to the cold, I still am expected to call so someone can come get me.

      It sucks being the one who answers the fricking phone.

  49. ellemdee says:

    Low temps (or, more specifically, precipitation and above-freezing temps followed quickly a quick plunge to below-freezing temps) are far more dangerous than just snow as far as road conditions go. Salt just doesn’t work below a certain temp no matter what area of the country you’re in, so even in the north where we’re used to a lot of snow and have snow removal equipment in most cities, we still have ice-covered roads when temps dip too low. My work never closes for bad weather, so I have to go out no matter how bad the roads are. Driving was a lot of fun last month when we had -10 wind chills right after a warm(ish) spell, so all the roads were pure ice and salt just wasn’t working at that point. If I know a storm is coming, I might stock up on anything I think I’ll need in the next week or so to avoid more trips out that are necessary, but I don’t freak out.

    Now closing schools/businesses or freaking out over a few inches of snow (no ice) is a bit dramatic, no matter where you live. Even in areas with snow removal equipment, snow doesn’t even get plowed unless it hits a certain number of inches deep. Many cities don’t even bother plowing 3″ of snow; it quickly gets packed down or melts from being driven on. Side streets may be slick since they’re less-traveled, but main roads usually clear up pretty fast. The key is patience and slow acceleration/braking, especially when black ice is present. If you’re not used to driving on snow at all, go to a parking lot or side street with no traffic and practice stopping and accelerating to get used to seeing how your vehicle will react.

  50. Kibit says:

    I only go to the grocer before a snow storm if I plan on having a nice quite weekend at home and don’t feel like venturing out later. And only if I actually need something.

    I pick up the essentials

    Chocolate
    Milk for Hot Chocolate if I am already out of milk
    Whipping Cream
    Mini Marshmallows
    and what ever yummy food I find at Whole Foods.

  51. Hollihocks says:

    I live in Midtown Atlanta and grew up in SC. I’ve always said that snow shouldn’t shut down the world here since everywhere else gets it done. But there really just isn’t the infratstructure in place. The whole driving argument can’t really apply as very few people actually drive compared to a regular day (like less than 1%, I’d say). They just stay inside. You just don’t do anything.

    I do think the bread and milk thing is retarded. But I don’t use that much bread and HATE drinking milk. I think it’s just an old Southern tradition, one of those things you always do (but not me haha).

    Snowmageddon gate just started here today actually. 10 plows owned in a city of 500,000 (and a metro area of 5 million).

    http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-weather-city-bringing-801515.html

    The video of the kid ice skating was pretty cool, though.

    http://vimeo.com/18654578

    All of this aside, I’m ready for it to get back to normal. My train was 45 minutes late this morning (normally one comes every 7 minutes).

    • NCB says:

      I’m here in eastern NC and just got a bit of ice last night. 60 miles away got 5 inches of ice and snow. You can never tell where the snow and ice are going to end up until it happens.

      Hurricanes are just as bad though. Bread and milk disappear at an even faster rate. The big thing with hurricanes is that power and water may be both be off for several days and there goes your frozen food stockpile and ability to cook anything, except on the grill.

    • FatBoy1 says:

      Fox news showed the people of PA. freaking out before their latest snow. Some of which were on their second trip. Athens, Ga doesn’t have like even five real grocery stores. Plus the parents calling their kids at UGA telling them to stock up. Also all the video of the truck drivers sleeping under overpasses in their trucks….. Get over yourselves with the People of Georgia freak out crap.

  52. JulesNoctambule says:

    I didn’t see anything like this in Raleigh, and I went out before the snow/ice kicked in to pick up some no-heat-required food in case the ice downed power lines again. We have cheese, crackers, chocolate, fruit and beer. We’re good to go, which is nice because at the moment, my car’s doors are iced shut.

  53. IGNORE says:

    I still have some of my Y2K stash left. Yumm!

  54. Daniellethm says:

    It would have to be 12+ inches in a few hours to get me to freak out about snow, but that’s because they handle snow pretty quickly up here in IL, and I’ve had quite a bit of practice, including driving in whiteout conditions (Like can’t see past the hood of the car kinda whiteout).

    In fact, we had a few inches in the morning today, I went out and did my errands anyway. Just gotta drive REALLY slow and pump the brakes, slamming them will make ya skid.

  55. Draw2much says:

    I lol’d at this. I lived in MS for 12 years and snow always freaks out southerns. Lack of proper road equipment for extreme cold weather and no one having any experience with driving in ice/snow makes for a deadly combination.

    The 12 years I was there, it snowed twice. The first time we had about 2 inches and it (already fallen snow) lasted for a day or two. The second time was at night and it melted when it hit the ground.

    Interestingly enough, when I moved to places that did snow I had no problem transitioning. Black ice was always iffy, but I drove through a blizzard on a highway with no problem at all (it was like a sea of flat white where ever I looked, kinda cool actually).

  56. Mcshonky says:

    We have short attention spans.
    EVERY SINGLE American should have a week’s worth of water and food -tuna, peanut butter, crackers, etc- in their home.

    Should another coordinated terrorist attack or blackout or weather situation occur, the last thing you want to have to do is fight your way through the hoards for water or baby formula.

    Prepare for the Apocalypse NOW!!!!

  57. windycitygirl68 says:

    People must really have wanted to make French toast, with all of the bread, milk and eggs they sold. Yum, I love French toast! Hope you remembered the syrup and powdered sugar!

  58. HungryGal says:

    I live in Mass, and know enough to avoid shopping the eve of a “Nor’easter.” However this evening I had to pick up a prescription, and good lord CVS was a madhouse.

    I’d be happier if I had more booze, but I’ve got coffee grounds and milk and eggs and am thinking of making a coffee cake in the morning. (I’ve got toilet paper too. And cat food. Those are the two things I really couldn’t get away with running out of… a day or two without milk in my fridge won’t be the end of the world, but if I can’t feed my cats they’ll probably start plotting against me.)

  59. Good Cop Baby Cop says:

    I don’t mind the laughing at our expense, because as others have mentioned, the freaking out is due to a lack of experience and infrastructure. Also, because the last time we had a serious tornado warning, I had a hotel full of northerners and the time I spent not dragging them in from the parking lot where they’d gathered to “watch the tornado come in” was spent corralling them in the hallway and reassuring them that it would be okay.

  60. Calcbunny says:

    I moved to North of Atlanta from NJ about 4 years ago, We got about 7 inches. It is very hilly here, there are no guardrails at all at drop offs, I have NEVER seen a salt truck or plow and the slush just sits and refreezes. School here is closed for the 3rd day in a row. I actually have run out of bread but a neighbor gave me some..I do have a bread machine so I can do that too, I work from home full time, so I don;t need to go anywhere, but my 2 boys are eating me out of food quickly! I wish I stocked up more! I hate being that person who panics and I can drive in snow but ice is another story and those drivers that can’t are evereywhere!

  61. Blow a fuse? I can fix that... says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever done that, no matter how much snow comes. Then again, first snow fell in October here, and the snow we got in early November is still around, albeit hidden by the foot or two we’ve got since then.

  62. thrashanddestroy says:

    Dear South;

    Suck it!

    Sincerely,
    Michigan

  63. thrashanddestroy says:

    Going to go ahead and add to my previous post…

    I find it next to impossible to sympathize for anyone regarding snow storms/blizzards. I’ve lived in Michigan all of my life, and we’re guaranteed to get bent over year after year, well into March and in some cases even April. I’m more than happy to share our winter wonderland with the rest of the country, especially those who don’t usually see it.

    Here’s the truly remarkable thing about snow, too. You can take other life-long residents of this state, and every year — after the first snowfall — they’ll still act like complete asshats and forget how to drive in the shit like its the first time they’ve ever dealt with it. There’s no happy medium, you’ll either get someone that’s too afraid to drive over 10 mph or some jackoff in a Ford F-150 trying to 50 in a 45 mph.

    So yeah, I hope every southern state that typically sees lows of mid to high 30′s in the winter gets buried in it.

  64. gman863 says:

    I grew up in Indiana and now live near Houston. A few observations:

    * Note to Yankees: Quit pretending you don’t engage in panic buying. “Winter Storm Warning” in Indianapolis triggers the same shopping hysteria as “Hurricane Warning” in Houston.

    * Yes, people in the South freak out over snow. Not only is it unusual, even an inch or two may result in a free day off from work or school – a fraction of the amount needed for this perk up North.

    * Ice (or snow that melts and re-freezes as ice) is impossible to drive on. Period. “Black Ice” (invisible to the naked eye since it blends into the asphalt) is the worst. You only notice it after your car is spinning and sliding out of control.

    * As reported on Nightline, TV forecasters are running out of names for these storms (Blizzard of 20xx, Monster Storm, etc.). Please ration the use of such terms accordingly or the National Weather Service may have to resort to a winter storm naming system similar to that used for hurricanes – perhaps one based on TV characters. Do you really want to say you spent $300 on groceries because “Alf” or “Ponch” was coming?

  65. moreau04 says:

    We had 17″ in one 24 hour stretch a few weeks ago and our local Papa John’s and Pizza Hut were still delivering. I live in Minnesota. Southerners wouldn’t last a day here in the winter.

  66. Vermont2US says:

    I live in Vermont…they don’t make enough snow to get me to make a run on the grocery store.

  67. bben says:

    I live in South Carolina. The county I live in has NO snow removal equipment at all. However, when we do get snow it usually rains first. then the water freezes on the road and the snow accumulates on top of the ice. At the first snowflake – all schools are canceled, government offices closed and many businesses let out early. Because there WILL be accidents that tie up major roads for hours.

    I agree that not having enough food for 2 to 3 days is not exceptionally bright. My GF will run to the store to stock up on milk bread and eggs even if she just bought those items the day before.

    I once worked for a company that moved 25 engineers to SC from Vermont. The first snowstorm, two of them slid off of the road trying to go in to work. Nearly all of the locals stayed home. Those who did make it in were on the road for about 2 hours due to the accidents, partly caused by ignorant Yankees who thought they knew how to drive in snow or by ignorant Southerners who didn’t, but HAD to get to the store to stock up on what they probably already had. The accumulation was about 2 inches and was gone in about 24 hours.

  68. roben.anderson says:

    most of the groceries are going to go bad once they get to the consumers house. Chances are they were so caught up in the panic that they didn’t think about what they have room for!

    I’m in Minnesota, so the amount of snow for me to go to the grocery store? Probably 2 feet in the forecast.

  69. Zube says:

    Have lived in MS, SC, and TN.
    When it snows, might go to grocery store, but never need to go to gun store as always have six month supply of ammunition on hand ( if that runs out, I’ll use the reloader to make some more.)

  70. BenjaminCachimbear says:

    I live in Northeastern Louisiana, we didn’t even get snow!!! We got like 3mm(that’s millimeters) of Ice particulate(or whateverthehellthatwordwasthattheweathergirlmadeup), and our schools were closed; and most of our grocery stores looked like that walmart. It didn’t even remotely attempt to stick to the road, and there were still a dozen wrecks sunday night-monday morning.

  71. menty666 says:

    Up to 12″ my panic shopping is mostly lunch for tomorrow and maybe a bottle of wine.

    If they have a good likelihood for 2′ or more I’ll get some extra stuff to have on hand to keep the kids from trying to eat us.

    As it happened schedule-wise, we wound doing our grocery shopping yesterday, which wasn’t so bad around 5pm.

    But later that night we realized we were nearly out of pullups for our oldest, so I volunteered to go out to the 24 hour walmart to get some. They had 3 register lanes open, and no exaggeration, no less than 30 people waiting in each lane.

    I left and went out to the grocery store a little more out of the way and got them there.

    Oh, and even though we’re here in MA, even walmart shut down that store today because of the weather.

  72. ArgusRun says:

    In a rural area, maybe it makes sense to run out and stock up. If you have to drive 60 miles to a store to get food or something.

    I have never run out to stock up on anything. Besides the fact that I can pull at least a weeks worth of meals from the pantry and freezer, even in the worst blizzard I can drive two miles to a supermarket or walk 1/4 mile to a convenience store.

  73. MEoip says:

    See what they don’t realize is that if you have enough snow to warrant a pre-storm food stock pile you probably won’t have electricity to cook said food with. Which will only lead to piles of rotting meet waiting for the trash trucks to finish plowing the snow so they can come pick up trash. Rodents will come out of the country side to eat the meat, they will be followed by foxes and wild dogs which will be followed by larger predators like lions and tigers and bears (oh my). This will result in snow bond residents being eaten by the predators.

  74. UnicornMaster says:

    The shelves wouldn’t be empty if they were still getting deliveries. Obviously the roads are bad even for truckers.

    • gman863 says:

      Most stores use an ordering system based on actual items scanned/sold or scheduled deliveries of pershable items (milk, bread, etc) based on normal sales volume.

      For canned goods, toilet paper, etc. a location will have a “min/max” level. If they sell 20 cans of a given soup per day, their “max” stock might be 200 cans (10 days) and their “min” stock to trigger a re-order at 80 cans (4 days). If they sell out of 7-10 days stock in a few hours they’re screwed until either their next scheduled shipment or a special delivery can be scheduled.

      Bread (since it has a short shelf like) is usually baked and delivered based on projected volume. When the truck shows up, anything near expiration date is usually pulled and sent to the day-old bread store.

  75. wordwhale says:

    For all of you making light of the situation we’re experiencing in Georgia: This isn’t snow; it’s ice. And I don’t care how much snow you’ve driven in, it’s difficult for almost anyone to drive on ice. I lived in a snowy region for a number of years, and I have not even attempted to drive in this stuff. I’m hearing sirens every hour because idiots are trying to get on the road. I attempted to walk to the grocery store earlier and slipped and fell so I turned back around. Luckily, I stocked up on food before the storm hit.

  76. Sanshie says:

    “People of Georgia Freak Out Over Snow” because we know there are only 10 salt spreaders and dump trucks with blades in the entire state. In my county kids will miss 5 days of school due to ice on roads. No mail or paper delivery for 3 days due to ice on roads. THAT’s why we stock up, people. This week’s experience is being called the “Weather of Northern Aggression” here in the south. Stop acting all superior.

    • buggurl says:

      Exactly! Most of the folks commenting on what idiots we Southerners are can’t seem to get it through their thick heads, Yankee or otherwise, that not only do we get snow, we usually get ice to go along with it. I’m in northern Alabama, and we got 8-9 inches in my area, which has melted somewhat and froze again, creating even worse road conditions. We also have a lot of elevated roadways and no snow plows…not that snow plows work well with ice. And, do I really need to put on studded tires for 3-5 days of snow/ice a year? When I can just stock up and stay home?

      Just let us clear out our grocery store shelves and refrain from commenting about it, and we’ll refrain from commenting about how people in the North don’t have AC during the summer heatwaves and tend to die off in droves…in houses/apartments where there are no windows that open or fans. Weather cycles change, and we all need to adapt–you get fans, and we get eggs and milk.

  77. DerekSmalls says:

    I thought I’d comment since I had to talk to Athens Walmart employees about this very issue yesterday. Seems that icy conditions kept people from coming in to work and they only had maybe 50% of their employees. So customers start raiding but there’s no one to restock the shelves. It’s all sitting in the back, waiting.

    Just thought I’d let you know.

  78. Excuse My Ambition Deficit Disorder says:

    Alot…like feet to even have us blink. I live in Western New York…the home of lake effect snow…I don’t even bother shoveling if we get 1 to 2 inches….

  79. SkyHawk says:

    Actually, where I live (NE), none. I’ve never seen a store with empty, post-apocalyptic shelves like that. I’d like to have been there when this happened.

  80. Emilliy says:

    Living in Wisconsin, I have learned to keep a healthy supply of food, toilet paper and diapers in the house so I do not have to worry about running out if we get snow or freezing rain at any point during the winter.

  81. chaelyc says:

    Monday morning (the day before snowpocalypse began officially) I realize that my house, home to 4 adults, is down to about 6 squares of toilet paper. I decide to stop at the grocery store on the way home from work for that & some soy milk.

    When I got there I found 0 parking spaces, 0 empty shopping carts, 0 handheld baskets, stretches of aisles completely bare, and one creative dad had loaded his kids arms full of groceries. The checkout lines wound all around the store & into the aisles.

    I resolved that the next time I’m out of toilet paper the night before a snowstorm I’m just going to take the opportunity to liquidate my commemorative tshirt drawer & recycle those as toilet tissue. Easier than dealing with frenzied doom-shoppers.