Fury as woman stockpiles four months of food ahead of Christmas – urges others to hoard

Christmas shopping: Expert advises ‘common sense’ approach

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Pat Smith, 26, has declared that she is £1,000 in debt but has urged others to join her in her stockpiling spree. Ms Smith has taken the decision to stockpile ahead of the winter months due to the warnings given by Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson that there may be shortages as the winter months approach.

In a speech, Rishi Sunak warned that the shortages in the country “are very real” and that “we’re seeing real disruptions in supply chains in different sectors”.

The single mum has vowed that after the Christmas which she had during the pandemic, she has taken all measures to ensure that she has the best day that she can – even spending £1,000 of her savings on the day.

She told The Sun: “It’ll be worth it.”

“I’ve planned and I’m ready. I am buying what I need for the next four months including Christmas Day.

“Last year’s lockdown hit me hard. I ran short of items and couldn’t get to the shops regularly.

“When I did, the shelves were empty. As Christmas approached, I was devastated my family wouldn’t have everything they needed.

“I couldn’t get a turkey or the special ingredients I use to make the stuffing. The dolls Rose wanted were not available and my family’s favourite drinks were either too expensive due to price hikes or not available. I ended up serving cold chicken and ham with salad.

“So this year I vowed to make 2021 the best Christmas ever.”

Ms Smith continued: “I decided to start Christmas stockpiling.

“Now with petrol shortages, more and more supermarket shelves being left empty and parents unable to get their kids’ gifts I am glad.

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“I decided to start Christmas stockpiling.

“Now with petrol shortages, more and more supermarket shelves being left empty and parents unable to get their kids’ gifts I am glad.

“I was terrified I wouldn’t have what I needed and that scared me into action.”

This prompted an outpour of anger by Twitter users.

@gisellestace4 tweeted: “Stories like this just encourage others to panic buy!

“Xmas is just one day, enough of everything for everyone, if people like this woman don’t panic buy & stockpile! Idiots!.”

@cjingle1990 echoed these views as they tweeted: “What an idiot she is bonkers all that money for one day.

“I personally never think about Christmas shopping till the first week of December.”

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