13 Mar, 2020 @ 12:25
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IN PICS: Shoppers branded ‘selfish’ for leaving shelves empty in supermarkets from Mijas to Marbella as coronavirus ‘sparks stockpiling’ in Spain

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Fruit and Veg rapidly disappeared at the Mijas Mercadona this week

SHOPPERS have been branded ‘selfish’ for panic buying and leaving shelves empty along the Costa del Sol. 

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Mercadona in San Pedro left bare (CREDIT: Francisco Javier Pelaez Moreno)

Fruit and vegetables, rice, pasta and meats have all been targeted by those looking to stockpile over ongoing coronavirus fears.

In the Mercadona in La Cala de Mijas, bottled water and toilet rolls had all disappeared by early afternoon yesterday.

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The meat products have been among the most sought after products (CREDIT: Francisco Javier Pelaez Moreno)

One British expat, whose partner provided this paper with pictures, told the Olive Press people are behaving selfishly. 

“I’m heavily pregnant and we really needed bottled water and fruit and veg and there was nothing, it’s completely selfish.

“And what is it with the toilet roll? Completely unnecessary, there needs to be limits introduced on how much one person can buy.”

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San Pedro locals appear to have been stockpiling on burgers (CREDIT: Francisco Javier Pelaez Moreno)

Other pictures show the Mercadona in San Pedro also with bare shelves.

In a similar story, all fruit and veg appear to have sold out, along with grains and water. 

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Mercadona in Mijas completely ran out of bottled water with only a few packs of small sized bottles left

Meanwhile, footage shared online this morning appears to show dozens of people waiting outside a Mercadona in Marbella ahead of opening hours. 


When the gates finally roll up, people are seen flooding in to get their groceries and supplies. 

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Fruit and Veg rapidly disappeared at the Mijas Mercadona

It comes as the number of cases in Spain surpassed 3,000 yesterday with more than 80 dead. 

That figure is expected to rise this weekend as experts hope we will soon see the peak of the virus. 

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Pasta and grains have been popular items for those stockpiling over coronavirus fears, as this pic from the Mijas Mercadona proves

All schools across Spain have been closed.

How is the coronavirus crisis affecting you? Let us know at [email protected]

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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