A VULNERABLE couple who are self-isolating to protect themselves from coronavirus ordered £50 worth of vital supplies for home delivery – but were shocked when just five items arrived.
Finn, 70, and Tina Teigen, 66, from Lewisham in South London, have been following the government advice to stay at home because of the coronavirus outbreak that has left 72 Brits dead.
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The elderly couple, who have underlying health conditions, placed a home food order with Co-op to help them through the quarantine period but were left disappointed when only five items were delivered.
The measly delivery contained carrots, gravy granules, squash, margarine and fish sticks – even though they had paid more than £50.
Finn said: "We are old age pensioners. We were depending on the delivery. It's going to be carrots and gravy for the next three days.
"It's going to be carrots and gravy for the next three days.
"Our kids live about 50 miles away – hopefully one of them is going to come up. I'm one of those people who see the funny side of everything.
"But, underlying it all, I do worry about our food. We haven't been refunded yet. At least my pension went in today."
The total sum of the goods that actually arrived was around £7.
Co-op has been contacted for comment.
It comes as greedy Brits alarmed by the global coronavirus pandemic continue to stockpile goods against government advice.
The Government and food bosses have called for an end to panic buying – with Boris Johnson saying yesterday there was no reason to stockpile and that food supplies were safe.
But shoppers have ignored their pleas – with hand sanitiser, bleach, tinned food and pasta all bought in bulk by selfish customers – as cases continue to rise in the UK.
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As panic buying escalated this morning, Sainsbury's became the latest supermarket to announce measures to help the elderly and vulnerable during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
All its stores will only open to these two groups for the first hour of trading on Thursday but will open for an hour longer so other shoppers do not miss out.
Iceland outlets across the country have also introduced reserved time slots to give the vulnerable and the elderly a chance to shop in store.
Meanwhile Tesco is allowing shoppers to purchase just two packs of certain items such as dried pasta, toilet roll and long life milk.
It was forced to take its mobile app offline temporarily due to high demand on Tuesday, and announced it would be reducing the hours of all of its 24-hour stores to 6am to 10pm.
Aldi on Monday became the first UK grocer to introduce rationing, limiting customers to buying four items of any one product during each visit.
Elsewhere, Morrisons announced on Tuesday it is creating 3,500 jobs to meet surging demand for its home delivery service caused by the pandemic.
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