When Lauren Witney, who has four children, could find no nappies in her local supermarket last week she broke down in tears and, in desperation, posted a video online.
“To all you crazy people buying out all the nappies,” Ms Witney, 36, said through a cracking voice, “how am I supposed to change my child if I can’t afford to buy 20 at a time like you can?”.
The video went viral, resonating with millions of people left confused and scared by something they did not think they would experience — empty supermarket shelves. Across Britain, stores have been stripped bare of essentials such as pasta, eggs, rice, tinned food and lavatory paper. As panic buying escalated, shop freezers were emptied and fresh vegetables sold