COVID-19 bringing out the worst in people

Sue Burnett, Maffra


WHILE the bushfires across Australia brought out the best in so many people, it seems sad to observe the opposite during this current coronavirus pandemic.

It is hard to believe that my local supermarket has had to resort to mounting posters all over the place stating that “aggressive and abusive behaviour will not be tolerated”.

Seriously? Do people really believe that it is somehow the fault of our hapless shop assistants that there is no toilet paper on the shelves?

They are doing their absolute best in extremely trying circumstances.

This need-to-hoard frenzy is being fuelled by social media and certainly not helped when a major Melbourne newspaper encouraged people in Sunday’s issue “to buy two weeks of food”.

An overwhelming sense of entitlement is getting in the way of common sense and common courtesy.

Come on Australia.

Step up and treat each other with respect, patience and understanding. We are all in this together.