Amid coronavirus panic-buying, 2 injured in fight in Sam's Club wine aisle

  
Via:  perrie-halpern  •  3 months ago  •  88 comments

By:   Janelle Griffith

Amid coronavirus panic-buying, 2 injured in fight in Sam's Club wine aisle
The dispute began when a man in a motorized shopping cart bumped into a couple's cart, which was carrying their child. It ended with two men wielding broken wine bottles.

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Amid panic-buying at grocery stores across the country due to the coronavirus crisis, a fight broke out at a Sam's Club in Georgia that ended with two men wielding broken wine bottles against each other.

Police said the dispute began in the wine aisle at the store in Hiram, about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, when a man in a motorized shopping cart bumped into a couple's cart, which was carrying their child.

It was captured on video that was uploaded to Twitter and which had been viewed almost 700,000 times as of Friday morning.

Officers were called to the Sam’s Club at approximately 5:30 p.m. about an assault in progress, Hiram Police Sgt. Edwin Ivey told NBC News on Friday.

Within minutes of arriving, officers found two men with cuts surrounded by a small crowd of onlookers.

Investigators determined that after the motorized shopping cart bumped into a man and woman's cart, the woman confronted the man in the motorized cart, struck him with her hand and accused him of ramming their cart.

The man in the motorized cart tried to back away, but the couple confronted him again, "escalating the confrontation further," Hiram police said in a statement.

He told investigators he grabbed a wine bottle to defend himself from the couple, Ivey said. The other man then grabbed a wine bottle, and the two men began striking each other with the bottles, according to Ivey.

"The altercation continued after the bottles were broken, causing lacerations to both parties," the police statement said. The fight ended with both men on the ground among the broken glass.

The two men were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Bystanders assisted in separating the two men until police arrived. The names of the two men and woman are not being released, Ivey said, but criminal charges have been prepared for all three.

A manager at the Sam's Club did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.


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sandy-2021492
1  sandy-2021492    3 months ago

I heard there were fights at the Costco nearest to us, about 30 miles away.  Whether they were verbal or physical, I'm not sure.  I was in Walmart yesterday, and it was crowded, but everyone was civil.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1    3 months ago

Yesterday I was in Costco and there was a freakout when they ran out of Spam. I was shocked. People yelling and screaming at some poor guy about how could Costco run out of a basic need in emergencies like Spam. 

Personally I wouldn't eat the stuff. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1    3 months ago

I can't remember the last time I had Spam.  Pre-high school, I'm sure.

 
 
 
TᵢG
1.1.2  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1.1    3 months ago

I was a probably 12 the last time I ate it.

 
 
 
Ender
1.1.3  Ender  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1    3 months ago

Freaking out about spam. Pathetic. Buy a can of tuna. Jeez.

I talked to my Aunt earlier. She went to a dollar store by her and they came over the loud speaker with an announcement. Something about the only TP they had was what was on any shelf.

I guess they got tired of people asking if they had any in the back.

 
 
 
Freefaller
1.1.4  Freefaller  replied to  Ender @1.1.3    3 months ago
Buy a can of tuna

Blech!  I think I'd rather fight for the Spam or better yet the wine.

 
 
 
Ender
1.1.5  Ender  replied to  Freefaller @1.1.4    3 months ago

Haha   The real horror here, the wine abuse.

 
 
 
Kavika
1.1.6  Kavika   replied to  Ender @1.1.5    3 months ago

OMG, they ran out of Spam. That is a criminal offense at the least. We're talking about a great American institution here. Are you aware that there are dozens of different types of Spam? 

Spam Eaters United is a huge organization with millions of members worldwide.

512

Fried Spam and red red wine..What could be better? 

Spam, also known as Ojibwe Steak.

 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.8  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1    3 months ago

"I don't like SPAM!" (Monty Python)

 
 
 
sixpick
1.1.9  sixpick  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1    3 months ago

As I read the beginning of your comment, I cringed.  Someone fighting over Spam is like someone fighting over a pile of ah ah ah, well you probably get the idea.

I made the mistake of buying some Vienna Sausage.  I tried one of them and even my cat wouldn't eat it.  They are sitting by my backdoor ready to put in my car and I'm going to market them for free tomorrow in my travels.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
1.1.10  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1.1    3 months ago

Military C-rations in the early 70's for me. Ate those so much in Vietnam I learned to hate it with a passion!

 
 
 
Ender
1.2  Ender  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1    3 months ago

I went to Home Depot and some man had a cart full of paper towels. people were scanning the section that has cleaning supplies.

I just think it is ridiculous. It will take him forever to go through all those.

Then I read an article about some ass that went around to all the dollar stores and other stores and cleared them all out of sanitizer and wipes. Bought them for a couple of bucks a piece and then was selling them on Amazon for like 40 bucks.

Amazon shut him down for price gouging and now the schmuck is stuck with a storage unit full.

He still saw nothing wrong with what he was doing.

People can be assholes. Like with this story. The woman didn't have to slap the man in the cart. It was probably an accident. Her and her husband sound like the aggressors to me.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.2.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Ender @1.2    3 months ago

I had plenty of TP and paper towels, but I bought some canned foods, and a few things my son can easily fix for lunch since schools here are closed for 2 weeks.  I don't know why, maybe I panicked, but I went to the toilet paper aisle.  The shelves were bare, but a guy told me there were stockers unloading TP directly from pallets onto carts, if I wanted to wait in line.  Since I have enough for several weeks, I left.  If somebody was willing to wait in line, they needed it more than I do.

I can no longer buy masks, hand sanitizer, or antibacterial soap for my office.  Once my current stock is gone, I'll have to close.  I hope this ends soon.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.2.2  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Ender @1.2    3 months ago
People can be assholes.

And apparently at the worst of times. 

 
 
 
Ender
1.2.3  Ender  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.2.1    3 months ago

Sadly I don't have that much. I usually let things run thinner during the winter months then stock up around hurricane season. Which is going to be upon us. But now with all these people freaking out it is going to be more difficult.

 
 
 
Ender
1.2.4  Ender  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.2.2    3 months ago

Ain't that the truth. It seems to be instead of helping ones neighbor it is stock up, hoard and then hide from ones neighbor.

 
 
 
Freefaller
1.2.5  Freefaller  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.2.1    3 months ago
Once my current stock is gone, I'll have to close.

I hope it doesn't come to that for you.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.2.6  sandy-2021492  replied to  Freefaller @1.2.5    3 months ago

Thank you.  Lots of folks are in the same boat.

 
 
 
TᵢG
1.2.7  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.2.1    3 months ago

Tough to do as a medical professional since emergencies happen.

 
 
 
TTGA
1.2.8  TTGA  replied to  Ender @1.2    3 months ago
The woman didn't have to slap the man in the cart. It was probably an accident. Her and her husband sound like the aggressors to me.

And I'd bet that there was more wine involved than what was in the bottles.  That's usually the case in a situation like that.

 
 
 
Krishna
1.2.9  Krishna  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.2.1    3 months ago
I hope this ends soon.

I think we all do.

But from everything I've read, this is going to go on for quite a while.

Apparently this Virus is not as deadly as some of the worst ones in the past, but it seems its one of the most contagious ones.

Of course various companies are trying to produce a vaccine, but that takes a long time. According to "the smart money" Gilead supposedly had one of the best chances to develop one-- but recently it looks like their are problems with their best one . That will take a while.

And since the official line out of Washington seems to be that the virus is no big deal, many government workers apparently aren't taking it all too seriously:

Thousands arriving from China and Europe at U.S. airports have faced no coronavirus screening

 
 
 
Krishna
1.2.10  Krishna  replied to  TᵢG @1.2.7    3 months ago
Tough to do as a medical professional since emergencies happen.

There have been severa; news stories sayiong that if the Virus becomes as widespread as predicted, hospitals will soon run out of beds...and other equipment. (In China what they did is put up pre-fab hospitals in short time-- but there still was inadequate capacity.

And apparently there's a worldwide shortage of appropriate mask-- expecialling concerning to the medicl community as they are the one that really need them as they put themselves at risk numerous times a day....

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.2.11  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @1.2.7    3 months ago
Tough to do as a medical professional since emergencies happen.

Fortunately, my job really doesn't involve life-threatening emergencies.  Well, not often, anyway.  If a patient were to call while I'm closed with a true emergency, I'd have to prescribe antibiotics and painkillers and refer them to either another office (and hope they're still able to stay open), or to the hospital.  Some of our infection control items, like masks, have been rationed for several months now, so we couldn't stock up ahead of time.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.2.12  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.2.1    3 months ago

You can make your own sanitizer at way less cost than to buy it.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.2.13  sandy-2021492  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.2.12    3 months ago

I'm pretty sure the limiting item is going to be masks.  I have hand sanitizer and hand soap for a while - probably several months' worth.

 
 
 
sixpick
1.2.14  sixpick  replied to  Ender @1.2.3    3 months ago

You want some Vienna Sausage?  I have two sixpacks for free.  I have enough rice to feed the Chinese Army.  I'll probably be giving most everything I've bought to people who could use it.  Damn MSM, trying to freak everyone out!

 
 
 
TᵢG
2  TᵢG    3 months ago

People are freaking out.   And that is exactly what one would expect.   It is only going to get worse.   That is why I support aggressive actions to nip this in the bud.   Ideally we have a short term pain but then can get back to normal.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  TᵢG @2    3 months ago

I have to agree with that. Zero tolerance for acts of aggression. 

 
 
 
sixpick
2.1.1  sixpick  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1    3 months ago

Just have a bottle of......

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  TᵢG @2    3 months ago

Anyone starting shit should be legally trespassed for a min of 6 months.

 
 
 
Freefaller
3  Freefaller    3 months ago

No violence here but I was surprised that in my rural little middle of nowhere town a lot of the shelves in the stores were bare due to what one employee told me was panic buying (LOL, 'll be eating more spinach in the next week than normal),  Walmart even ran out of plastic grocery bags.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Freefaller @3    3 months ago
Walmart even ran out of plastic grocery bags.

My cashier said they were running short.  Her register still had some, but not many.  I take reusable bags.

 
 
 
Freefaller
3.1.1  Freefaller  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1    3 months ago
I take reusable bags.

I would have bought some today but they were also all sold out.

 
 
 
Krishna
3.1.2  Krishna  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1    3 months ago
My cashier said they were running short.  Her register still had some, but not many.  I take reusable bags.

Some states have banned the use of plastic bags (that has nothing to do with the current Virus but rather they are the ones who aware of the terrible cumulative damage the use of plastic does to the environment.) Such action is long overdue!

Phase-out of lightweight plastic bags in the United States

I have some permanent bags I bought a while back. (One is lightweight, strong, and insulated as well).

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  Krishna @3.1.2    3 months ago

They carry more, too.  My garage is in the basement.  The fewer trips up and down the stairs I make, bringing in groceries, the better.  Even if they weigh 50 pounds each ;)

 
 
 
TᵢG
3.1.4  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1.3    3 months ago

It also will earn you more workout minutes on your FitBit, Apple Watch or other wearable.  jrSmiley_100_smiley_image.jpg

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1.5  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @3.1.4    3 months ago

I should get one.  I have a Galaxy 8 phone that has a fitness app, but it leaves much to be desired.  I carry it on walks, but it doesn't track change in elevation, as I've seen iPhones do.  There is little flat land here, so my walks always involve a lot of hill work.  I want credit for that.

 
 
 
TᵢG
3.1.6  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1.5    3 months ago

I have an Apple Watch; perfect especially for those of us with iPhones.   I never thought I would find value in it until a friend of mine showed me how he uses his watch.   Now it is my constant companion.   It is especially great during workouts, but I love the time management and memory aids.   Good for boomers; even the younger boomers.    jrSmiley_100_smiley_image.jpg

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1.7  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @3.1.6    3 months ago

I don't wear a watch most of the time, because they interfere with gloves at work.  But I'd wear one for walks or workouts.

 
 
 
sixpick
3.1.8  sixpick  replied to  Krishna @3.1.2    3 months ago

If you go to Sam's Club at the right time, you can eat your meal while shopping.  Just put you stuff on a shelf on the way out.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.1.9  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Freefaller @3.1.1    3 months ago

Pillow cases also make good bags and they hold quite a bit.  Just attach makeshift handles and you are good to go.  Add a trash bag liner for items that might sweat or leak and you have this.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

Wine isn't a vaccine nor a cure for covid-19 but the virus could be a good excuse to get drunk.  

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
4.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    3 months ago

Some of us are thinking about self quarantining in a local Irish pub for two weeks!  

We all know that alcohol is a great disinfectant!!!!!

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
4.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @4.1    3 months ago

Pub grub and Guinness sounds like a plan to me.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
4.1.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1.1    3 months ago

Sounds better every time I hear it!!!!!

At the very least.... maintain your sense of humor under the circumstances.  

To quote Frank Herbert:  "Fear is the mind killer."

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
4.1.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1.1    3 months ago

And Ireland has closed its pubs, right before St. Paddy's Day.

 
 
 
TᵢG
4.1.4  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1.3    3 months ago

Wow, that is like Hell freezing over.

 
 
 
sixpick
4.1.5  sixpick  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @4.1    3 months ago

Fix up a keg of PJ.  Don't eat too many cherries, though.  Ooh, I remember that time.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
4.1.6  FLYNAVY1  replied to  sixpick @4.1.5    3 months ago

I'm with Fish in that we need to expand with quantity of things to sanitize with...… Legalize backyard stills! 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1.7  XDm9mm  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @4.1.6    3 months ago
Legalize backyard stills! 

If I'm not mistaken, those, along with brewing and vintner abilities are already legal everywhere, but only for 'personal' consumption.  Try selling it and you're in a world of hurt if caught.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
4.1.8  FLYNAVY1  replied to  XDm9mm @4.1.7    3 months ago

Well...…. We are in a state of national emergency you know.  

Having backyard stills could become a matter of life or death.

Under current conditions.... I'd put them as being akin to "Victory Gardens"

"No officer.... I'm not making moonshine, I'm synthesizing disinfectant!"

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
4.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    3 months ago

I don't need an excuse.jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

"BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH"

 
 
 
1stwarrior
6  1stwarrior    3 months ago

384

 
 
 
Kathleen
6.1  Kathleen  replied to  1stwarrior @6    3 months ago

Loved that, but I think I will pass on that idea. : )

 
 
 
Kavika
7  Kavika     3 months ago

Be inventive lack of toilet paper is not a problem.

512

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
7.1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Kavika @7    3 months ago

Wally loves to do that.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
8  1stwarrior    3 months ago

384

From an Oklahoma St. friend of mine :-)

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
8.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  1stwarrior @8    3 months ago

And people thought the Yellow Pages were useless.....!

Anybody have some encyclopedias.....?  May as well learn something prior to finishing your paperwork.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
8.1.1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1    3 months ago

LMAO!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
8.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1    3 months ago

Coffee filters can serve a duel purpose.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
8.1.3  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @8.1.2    3 months ago

Aren't there enough caffeinated assholes out there already Paula?jrSmiley_2_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
8.1.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.3    3 months ago

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Kathleen
9  Kathleen    3 months ago

I think we are going to see more and more of people acting this way. So far where I am people are actually more helpful. I hear some telling others where to go if they need anything.  They are talking about it, but nothing crazy in my neck of the woods yet.

 
 
 
Kathleen
10  Kathleen    3 months ago

We where walking on the boardwalk and they had toilet paper in the claw machine.... he he

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
10.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Kathleen @10    3 months ago

I heard of a kid that modified his lemonade stand to sell toilet paper!

"In chaos.... there is profit!"  

Looks like this kid has a bright future!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
10.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @10.1    3 months ago

That kid is wiping the competition.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
10.1.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @10.1.1    3 months ago

Oh man!   Two-thirds of a pun.....P.U!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
10.1.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @10.1.2    3 months ago

I have my moments.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
10.1.4  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @10.1.3    3 months ago

You here all week?  I'll remember to tip the waitress of course.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
10.1.5  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @10.1.4    3 months ago

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XDm9mm
11  XDm9mm    3 months ago

My, my, my....

I wonder who might be laughing at those of us who are actually prepared for situations like this now?  Ok...   I don't have wall to wall TP, but I along with many others are well prepared to ride out whatever comes our way.

Sufficient food and water stocks to last a few weeks, then if necessary dig into the "long term" storage supplies.  Fuel stored for the vehicles and generator.

I'll ride it out and view the lines from a distance.  I'll admit I did hit the local grocery store the other day for a pack of TP and a little fresh fruit but I'm not into the panic buying so evident in others.

Good luck folks.

 
 
 
Freefaller
11.1  Freefaller  replied to  XDm9mm @11    3 months ago
I wonder who might be laughing at those of us who are actually prepared for situations like this now?

Not a prepper myself but to each their own

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
11.1.1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Freefaller @11.1    3 months ago

Well, the preppers are always the ones who make it through alien invasions from space. :)

 
 
 
Freefaller
11.1.2  Freefaller  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @11.1.1    3 months ago

And zombie apocalypses.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
11.1.3  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Freefaller @11.1.2    3 months ago

If I spend any more time cooped up in this Connecticut hotel...… I'm going to be one of those zombies!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
11.1.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Freefaller @11.1    3 months ago

Being in CA, I like many have a well stocked earthquake kit.  I have enough MRE's to last me for a long time.

 
 
 
Split Personality
12  Split Personality    3 months ago

We were kind of surprised that even Amazon & Jet were out of paper towels.

We ordered a roll of 'reusable' bamboo towels that supposedly were the equivalent of 50 rolls of paper towels if used properly.

Time will tell, indeed.

 
 
 
sixpick
12.1  sixpick  replied to  Split Personality @12    3 months ago

Those splinters are hell, but it gets easier after the 3rd of 4th time of using them.

 
 
 
Split Personality
12.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  sixpick @12.1    3 months ago

Silly one.

We have lots of Bamboo socks and sheets.  I notice that they take longer to dry than cotton or nylon blends.

Other than that they are softer than cotton but generally more expensive.

 
 
 
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13      3 months ago

I feel bad for the kids that are out of school if they remain closed for the rest of the school year they'll either have to spend all summer in school or have to repeat the year they're in now.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
14  Paula Bartholomew    3 months ago

I can see it now, men in trench coats hiding in the dark.  They open the coats and the usual fake Rolexes and cheap jewelry hanging in them will be replaced by Charmin.

 
 
 
MUVA
14.1  MUVA  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @14    3 months ago

That is sexist only men where trench coats and sell watches?

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
14.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  MUVA @14.1    3 months ago

I based my comment from the movie Coming To America.  Lighten up Frances.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
14.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @14    3 months ago

"Hey kid..... Come heeere!"

 
 
 
loki12
15  loki12    3 months ago

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