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 Jeaniegirl (original poster member #6370) posted at 3:34 AM on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Are you noticing any food shortages in your area? In the local supermarket, I am seeing lots of void spaces on shelves.

Absolutely ZERO pasta of any type. Dr. Pepper and Coke in short supply. And the quality of BEEF is way down -- three times the regular price and NOT good meat. Produce seems to be still coming in but the potatoes seem like they are OLD. Musky tasting and lots of bad spots.

I went to the Deli at the store today and it has a sign saying "closed temporarily' ... due to shortages and lack of employees to work.

What about your area?

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annb ( member #22386) posted at 11:03 AM on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

I'm in northern NJ.

There are spotty empty shelves throughout the store.

Last week I went into a local Walmart for wrapping paper, I don't grocery shop there, but I noticed an entire aisle in the frozen food section was empty.

So many large/small businesses in my area desperate for workers. I had to take my car to a body shop a while back, one that my family has used for probably two decades. The car was in the shop six days, the owner, who we know well, apologized, said no one wants to work.

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 Jeaniegirl (original poster member #6370) posted at 11:24 AM on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Annb, I too have noticed a shortage of frozen foods, especially vegetables.

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pearlamici ( member #67631) posted at 12:27 PM on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Hudson valley area of NY (30 min from NYC). Shelves packed, haven’t noticed any shortages.

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tushnurse ( member #21101) posted at 1:23 PM on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

MIddle of America,
Depends on the store. Large bags of rice at the big grocery store are hard to get. Produce is still fine, especially at my Aldi.

I have not looked for something and NOT been able to find it.

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Married for 28 years now, was 16 at the time.
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BraveSirRobin ( Guide #69242) posted at 10:27 PM on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Availability isn't bad grocery wise outside of Philadelphia, although the prices are way up. We had (ironically) a shortage of cream cheese, but the supply chain seems to have smoothed out. The main issue is holiday decorations. If you're expecting to buy ornaments now, or you didn't lay in a supply of wrapping paper and ribbon, you're in considerable trouble. I'm used to buying all my next year's supplies at the post-Christmas surplus sales, and clearly, there won't be any this year. My stockpile is very low.

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OwningItNow ( member #52288) posted at 10:39 PM on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

In Illinois. Just big holes here and there. No string cheese of any brand, but every other type of cheese is there. No Reese's Puffs, but every other cereal is there. (That's fine; my son doesn't need Reese's Puffs. Does anyone?) The Kleenex had a sign. "One box per person." But there was plenty of toilet paper.

Shopping has become oddly inconsistent (and stupidly expensive--$7 for a 12-pack of Coke! Water from my fridge is still free-ish. Lol).

But I wouldn't say whole shelves are empty like 18 months ago.

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BearlyBreathing ( member #55075) posted at 12:05 AM on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

Food shelves look full here in Northern California. Prices are up a bit.
Stores like Walgreens have empty shelf after empty shelf.

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Tanner ( member #72235) posted at 12:25 AM on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

We are seeing some in the Dallas area. I overheard a vendor saying that some of Frito Lay factories have had mass walkouts. They were offering 10k bonus to new employees and the ones that stayed faithfully through the labor shortage didn’t get anything.

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WorldTraveler23 ( member #36528) posted at 7:47 PM on Saturday, January 1st, 2022

The car was in the shop six days, the owner, who we know well, apologized, said no one wants to work.

Oh people want to work. They’re just finally refusing to work for paltry pay. It’s a whole revolution and I’m here for it!

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annb ( member #22386) posted at 10:56 AM on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

Oh people want to work. They’re just finally refusing to work for paltry pay. It’s a whole revolution and I’m here for it!

Please don't generalize. The shop owner we know is an excellent employer and most of his workers have been with him for probably two decades.

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Bigger ( Attaché #8354) posted at 12:08 PM on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

I lived in a West African country for some months back in late 1980’s.
For me "shortage" was limited electricity and wiping my @ss with cut-up newspapers.
I can survive a lack of pasta and Dr. Peppers…

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