Truly Crazy Examples of Human Behavior at Supermarkets in the Last Week | 22 Words

Welcome to the 2020 Coronavirus games, a place where human decency has gone out the window and the only thing that matters is how much toilet paper you can carry. Since news started to circulate about the virus, people have lost their minds trying to stock up at supermarkets and grocery stores. Shelves are empty, fights have broken out, and workers are just so tired.

We're sharing the highlights of the games with you here today: from a video of women literally ripping toilet paper from each other's hands to workers getting creative. Watch the masses line up outside of stores. See the races as people run to the paper products aisle. It's going to get wild y'all because people turn into absolute doofuses when they're scared. New events can be added at any moment.

Without further ado, we're ready for the starting gun. On your mark, get set, and let the games begin!

Mr. Rogers said that when there's a crisis you should look for the helpers.

We are not doing that. Let's be honest: coronavirus has made us all a little bit crazy, and few places have seen as much of it as supermarkets. These poor grocery workers had to get in the middle of a fist-fight over toilet paper.

You'd think it wouldn't be that common for people to get into physical altercations over TP.

But you would be wrong because there's going to be a LOT of toilet paper fights in this list. People love to wipe their butts.

It's gotten so wild that some places have had to institute security.

No seriously. Those are actual cops guarding actual toilet paper. That is how bonkers the world has gone.

If anyone comes after me like this I'm dropping the TP and running.

I do not want to hear this scream ever again. People have gone bananas.

At least the internet is having some fun with it.

Because even when fists aren't flying people are going buckwild panic buying. It's like Black Friday every day of the week.

You can literally watch someone rip toilet paper out of another person's hands in this video.

How much are you all pooping? Because if you need that much TP you have problems other than the coronavirus.

In some places it's starting before people even get into the store.

People are lining up outside stores before open, trying to get in and snag some precious paper products. Was this what we imagined the Apocalypse would look like?

People don't seem to have any thought for the impact they're making.

Have we all turned into apes? Do we not know how to take things off of shelves without spilling everywhere? Were we not raised by mothers who said "clean up after yourselves,"?

But the people who truly boggle the mind are the ones who aren't just fighting to get supplies...

They're the ones who are hoarding the supplies. These people can't even fit all their toilet paper into their car. Are they making toilet paper children to keep them company?

But there is some humor in the situation.

No matter how bad it gets none of us will ever be crazy enough to buy "carrot and butter bean" soup. When that happens we know the world is over.

It's not just toilet paper either.

This gentleman has decided he needs enough bread to fuel a small army. Of course 90% of it is going to go bad before he can eat it, but that's not what's important. What's important is that he's surrounded by carbs.

Some people aren't satisfied with hoarding one thing.

This is all mine and no one else can have any of it. No I will not use all of it. You still cannot have it.

Sometimes you can't really appreciate a situation until you see it in full.

Which is why this aerial view of people mobbing a store as it opens is truly overwhelming. I would not want to be one of the employees opening that door.

And if you think that's not scary enough...

Not all the panic buying is happening in supermarkets. This line is for a gun store. Yeah...people are afraid they'll have to fight for access to food and TP.

Apparently people aren't afraid to use those guns.

Sure it's wild when people get into fights at the grocery, but it's downright terrifying that we've already reached the stage of people committing armed robbery to get toilet paper.

If you need a trolley built for furniture to load your toilet paper...

You may not be thinking in your right mind. Seriously. Stop and put it back.

It's not always the customers. Sometimes the staff get a little goofy too.

Look closely and when you see it you'll know.

Of course all of us know that being close to other people can be dangerous right now.

Which is why dressing like a Marvel superhero undercover is the only solution. This will clearly keep you safe! Hoodies are medically approved. They're not. Stay six feet away from people.

Here's another option...

She might be joking, but it's not the worst idea ever. Definitely better than hoodie man.

How are there this many people who are so stupid?

Do they truly have no idea how much toilet paper they go through on a regular basis? Or maybe they're just preparing for their quarantine diets of frozen pizzzas.

At least these folks aren't fighting...yet.

Honestly, I'd rather starve to death than wait in line that long. This is putting Disneyworld to shame.

Even when things stay calm and collected it still looks so weird.

Imagine this happening in the paper products aisle and emptiness in the produce section. Calm down everyone.

At least food supplies make more sense than toilet paper.

But how do you expect this to pan out? You never get off the rice, she never stops grabbing the rice? It's a rice standoff.

On the other hand, these folks are definitely getting a workout.

I don't even think I could lift two of these bags at once, so kudos to this fear-powered strength.

Some groceries have found ways to make things a bit lighter.

You can only have two rolls of toilet paper, but you do get a complimentary mariachi band. I'm not sure if that's the music I would have chosen as "soothing" but it's still delightful.

Some store employees have gotten a little bit weird too.

They have to deal with the madness somehow, and, much like the Titanic, they will go down with the ship.

The chaos knows no age boundaries.

But honestly I'm rooting for this lady. That's what canes are truly for.

Where things get even more terrifying is the medicine aisle.

Fun fact: Nyquil will not save you. Staying home will save you.

Question: do people think their taps will be turned off because of COVID?

Because there's no other explanation for bulk buying water. Pro-tip: you can turn on the faucet and this cool wet stuff comes out and you can drink it. Works well.

Beans, beans, the musical fruit...

I'm sure this man's wife is pretty thrilled by his decision to eat nothing but beans for a week straight. Let's all take a moment of silence for this poor woman.

They're not fooling anyone.

Hey, that's not toilet paper! In fact, you couldn't use any of that as toilet paper even if you were desperate!

She's a DIY master.

At this point, why not just invest in a full hazmat suit? Oh wait, they're probably all sold out on Amazon...

Empty shelves

I still don't understand why toilet paper is the one product that people think they can't live without. All these TP hoarders are going to have to figure out how to make a delicious toilet paper casserole once their food supply runs out.

So beautiful

Looking for something to make the woman in your life feel extra special? Costco has got you covered.

Such a tough choice

Yes, this brand of toilet paper of actually called "Corona". I'm not sure I would trust it...

Granny, get your gun

As much as you may be tempted, please refrain from bringing your firearms to the supermarket. Isn't grocery shopping scary enough already these days?

A leisurely morning of shopping

This is the most depressing episode of Supermarket Sweep ever.

The Walmart Licker

The Walmart Licker has been caught! And not only caught but charged with making a 'terrorist threat'. So if you're thinking of doing something this idiotic, here's some advice: Don't.

The Supermarket Cougher

What did I just say?! Why on EARTH would anyone think that this would be a good idea??

Is this a grocery store or a bank?

Did you ever think you'd live to see the day when grocery store cashiers were encased in protective glass? It's an eerie sight, but sadly, a necessary one.

Come on, Karen

These kinds of situations really bring out the best in people, don't they? Can you leave some soup for the rest of us, Karen? It's not all about YOU.

"No rice, no paper towels, no toilet paper!"

So at this point, we're competing with other people for rice while forced to stand outside in the elements for hours on end? Since when did life turn into one giant game of Survivor?

That's a LOT of toilet paper

Okay, so this guy might be going a bit overboard with these penalties, but I agree that there should be some kind of punishment for this type of behavior. Public shaming is a good place to start.

Complete chaos

When someone is taken out of a grocery store in a stretcher after a fight over toilet paper, you know something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.

No shame whatsoever

Only the best types of people try to take advantage of others during a global emergency.

A creepy announcement

I know this recording was installed to promote safety and help to stop the spread, but I can't help but think that it sounds like something out of a dystopian sci-fi movie.

"I'm calling 911."

It's tough to even get through this video, so I'm sure it was brutal for everyone around this woman to actually experience what happened here. Yes, she tried to call 911 over a billing dispute. And yes, she then started spitting and coughing on people when she didn't get her way. What a peach!

This guy isn't messing around.

I don't really know what's going on here, but I admire this person's commitment to safety.

This strangely relatable sign

I never thought I'd relate to The Great Cornholio on such a deeply personal level. These are strange times we're living in, friends.

We can only hope

I suppose the saying goes. "No shirt, no shoes, no service". There's nothing in there about pants at all!

Well, that's unsettling

Is it just me, or does this look like a still out of The Walking Dead? Although, to be honest, Walmart wouldn't be the worst place to hide out during a zombie apocalypse.

Just the essentials

No socks? Too bad! Sick of annoying bugs? You shouldn't be outside anyway, remember? Just fill up your cart with food and guns and be on your way!

History repeating itself

I'd say we should all start wearing plague masks at this point, but who am I kidding? They're probably all sold out on Amazon already.

Stranger than fiction

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Who am I to judge?

So magical

I understand this person's frustration and worry that people aren't taking this seriously, I really do. But couldn't we all use a bit of whimsy during such a dark and difficult time?

Wake up, people!

If you're going to the trouble of putting on gloves and masks, why would you just throw them in the parking lot instead of disposing of them properly? What's the point?

Cool, I guess?

So this just solidifies the fact that we've basically reached the sinking ship scene in Titanic, right?

Might as well make 12 dozen brownies!

Maybe I'm alone on this, but if we're going to be stuck inside for the unforeseeable future, maybe we shouldn't be stuffing ourselves with sugary treats the entire time. I'm not saying I'm not doing that, I'm just saying maybe we shouldn't be doing that.

Or maybe just don't bring them with

It's actually not such a bad idea. Just as long as that's a clean, unused plunger, of course...

If all of these images leave you stressed to go shopping...

The only solution is to fight it out. That's what everyone else appears to be doing.

Either that or get the largest trolley you can acquire.

And then fill it completely with toilet paper. This will make you seem like a good and prepared person, not a total douchebag.

See exhibit B.

All the cool kids are doing it. The best method to hoard toilet paper is to get your hands on the industrial size carts.

Which leaves the rest of us wondering...

Where dat toilet paper? Can someone please find me some toilet paper? It's no surprise that people are starting to get a little bit weird in their search.

Speaking of getting a little bit weird...

The fashions are definitely getting pretty out there, but this is far from the weirdest outfit we've found.

On the other hand, sometimes the sellers are the ones being buckwild.

What is this price gouging? $40 for disinfectant spray? I'll take the corona, thanks.

Let's take a second to look at the outcome of all this hoarding.

It's technically not in the supermarkets madness, but it's still complete madness.

The best place to look to see the outcome of the insanity is the trash.

Yeah, that's just piles of meat that someone bought and tossed. How useful.

Do people understand that toilet paper doesn't expire?

Why would you buy so much and simply toss it? What kind of a horrifying hoarder are you?

And what do people get from all of this hoarding?

A lot of wasted food thrown away. Sights like this are truly infuriating for the people going to shop and seeing nothing on the shelves.

This person is offering some kind of excuse about it.

Waiting in line for 40 minutes does not entitle you to panic buying. Sorry.

At least this guy is doing it right.

Stay safe, don't get infected, don't panic buy. And if you want to you can have a cool bandolier too.

Here's a good strategy if you think you might be buying too much.

If it doesn't stay in the cart without you holding it there, it's too much.

It's pretty terrifying looking at the aftermath of some of these things.

They're out of everything. I've never seen signs like this and now they're in every store.

And you know there are people out there who aren't buying it because they need it.

As evidenced by these cops taking sanitizer from a hoarder's house. How wild is it that we've reached this point?

And the lines are spreading all across the globe.

As the virus spreads, so is the panic buying...and the please not to panic buy.

Perhaps the better solution is what this supermarket employed.

A bouncer for the toilet paper. If you had told me a year ago that I would write that sentence in all sincerity I would have assumed you were doing drugs.

It's gotten so bad that people are documenting it like art.

Check out the caption of this: it looks like something out of a gallery.

This one is sobering.

The empty shelves look like they never end. It's definitely starting to look dystopian.

The longer the panic buying goes on...

The more stores are hiking up their prices.

Now it's just a part of the day to go to the store and find empty shelves.

It didn't even warrant its own picture for this guy, just a part of a collage.

This post looks like it's from a worker.

Opining the lack of stock: people working at supermarkets deserve a little extra love right now.

People do still have taste though.

Even when there are no other options, they will not buy Coors Light. We have dignity.

I don't think people understand how the world works.

This woman seems to have greatly misunderstood A. coronavirus and B. breathing.

Some people seem proud of their excessive hauls.

They'll even pose with pictures of their overflowing carts. Why would you use a #panicbuying on your own post?

Especially when you know that it results in shelves looking like these.

Even the frozen sections are getting picked over at this point.

And the moment stock is back...

People are overwhelming the stores. Calm down and eat that old can of soup in your cupboard already.

The best part of this photo are the few sad jars left.

Why were they left? What was wrong with them? I must know.

You'd think if people were going to all this trouble...

They wouldn't leave a singular jar of pasta sauce on the shelf. But nothing about this situation makes sense.

At least some people are having fun with the situation.

The only positive is that there are some solid memes coming out of this crisis.

If you're out and you see any scenes like these ones...

Make sure you give a little bit of extra love to the employees. They could use it today.