Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and long-lasting goods. These are the things that we know coronavirus panic buyers want. They buy them in packs. They buy them in pallets. And supermarket shelves end up empty.

But not completely empty! Some poor items get left behind. Things that even panic-driven preppers don’t want. What are these things? We’re so glad you asked. Bored Panda compiled a list of the things that get left behind on supermarket shelves, from Hawaiian pizza (pineapples and ham, anyone?) to chocolate hummus. So scroll down and leave a comment below about what unwanted goods you’ve seen left behind in shops.

From what we’ve seen so far, strange brands and peculiar foods like weird-flavored potato chips (not to mention Corona beer) seem to get left behind. But what flies off the shelves like hot buns is toilet paper. But why is that?

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Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

Finally can find gluten free stuff in stores!

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Even In Such Shortages Nobody Wants Pineapple Pizza

Even in such shortages nobody wants Pineapple Pizza

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teeshy hedding
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3 months ago

noooo I love Hawaiian pizza

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Monday
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3 months ago

OH NO...that store has a case of corona

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Well, this mass buying of products is related to two things: anxiety (buying things tricks us into thinking we have things under control) and the fear of missing out (or FOMO). Massively buying TP obviously doesn’t make sense. It has more to do with herd mentality than with rational thinking.

“What you've got to remember is that when 50 packs of toilet paper rolls disappear off shelves, you really notice it because they take up so much room. It's much more noticeable than say 50 cans of baked beans or hand sanitizer disappearing," Professor Debra Grace from Griffith University told the BBC.

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Rob Chapman
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3 months ago

I've got like 10 cans of that in my cupboard. Been there for about a year.

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teeshy hedding
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3 months ago

thats when you know your product has failed

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ZombieGirl
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3 months ago

HaHa...this one is hilarious! I bought cauliflower rice once and my husband saw it and threw it away! haha...he said no mam!

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Meanwhile, Associate Professor Nitika Garg from the University of New South Wales explained that seeing this scarcity makes us believe that the missing product is much more valuable than it really is.

"They think if this person is buying it, if my neighbor is buying there's got to be a reason and I need to get in too," she said. Garg also pointed out that people believe that TP can be used for pretty much everything: from tissues and napkins to “makeshift masks.”

Dr. Rohan Miller from the University of Sydney believes that because we’re not used to scarcity or shortages, we want to maintain the same lifestyle during the coronavirus crisis. “The rush to get toilet paper is just this sheep mentality to maintain that status. I think people want to make sure they have some comforts in their lives if they're going to be shacked up with their family for a long time," he told the BBC.

"Toilet paper doesn't really matter—it's just so far down the survival list compared to other things like food or water—but it's just something people cling to as a minimum standard."

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Hope Floats
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3 months ago

As much as I hate the sound of chocolate hummus.... If there was no chocolate in the store... It might just have found a friend... :)

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Kali Fugatte
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3 months ago

I loooove the shrimp ramen! More for me!

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Ana Ferreira
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3 months ago

Are people seriously avoiding Corona beer just because it has the same name as the virus? That is painfully stupid.

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Bored Panda spoke with David Savage, associate professor of behavioral and microeconomics at the University of Newcastle in Australia, about how uncertainty and a lack of information lead to stockpiling and hoarding supplies.

“Uncertainty is the starting point, but what the general public is dealing with at the moment is ambiguity, that is people do not know what it is that they do not know! They are uncertain if or when the virus will spread to the region, they do not know if they themselves will be infected, which also means they do not know if they need to go into isolation and need several weeks’ worth of supplies,” Dr. Savage explained the current conundrum affecting some countries around the world.

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Shelley Jennings
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3 months ago

There's a baby shark cereal??? 🤨

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European other
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3 months ago

Add salt to them

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The only thing left on the shelves due to corona virus. At least it’s not *that* bad yet.

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Annemarie Mattheyse
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3 months ago

WHAT. IS. THAT?

Kali Fugatte
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3 months ago

An abomination.

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JessG
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3 months ago

Eeeeeewww! Cinnamon hot marshmallows?!?! ...I reiterate, ew

Lola DM
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3 months ago

I think you got us Europeans confused

bryguy
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3 months ago

This should be illegal. What have you done to the peeps?!

Leonardo Ochoa
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3 months ago

I would like to try that

My O My
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3 months ago

Me too

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Ruby
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3 months ago

I always picture a bunch of suits sitting around a conference table and someone finally breaks the silence and says in an 'imagine this' - voice: fierce cinnamon.

Doc Thissen
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3 months ago

What fresh level of hell is this?!??

Candice Ravel
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3 months ago

Burning asshole level

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Chris Butsch
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3 months ago

The last thing you should buy during a toilet paper shortage

Parmeisan
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3 months ago

You sure? I think it might okay as a substitute.

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Sardonic Scribe
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3 months ago

Gross.

KT Pinto
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3 months ago

I luv peeps, but even I might pass these by...

Zoe Murphy
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3 months ago

Gross.

KEBI Photography
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3 months ago

Oh my God, this brought back memories from the 6th grade when the entire 6th grade did a peep parade competition. Who could bring in the most flavors and the most peeps? I can only eat regular peeps now, the rest are all disgusting.

Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

Wut

Shanon Delaney
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3 months ago

Whoever made this I congratulate you, you are a genius.

Hannah Boning
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3 months ago (edited)

I would totally eat those!!!!!!!!!

Radrob311
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3 months ago

Saw these at the store yesterday. I actually did a head tilt like a dog does when they're listening.

Lisa loves cats
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3 months ago

tbh id try it....

Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
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3 months ago

need it

Jim Ellington
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3 months ago

Nothing is as foul as bubblegum-flavored toothpaste.

Jane Alexander
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3 months ago

Dunno Jim, bet the strawberry toothpaste inflicted on kids about 1950 would come pretty close. The chocolate was almost as bad.

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The Frog
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3 months ago

Get gone

Berit-Bärbel Rebane
Community Member
3 months ago

Cinnamon marshmallow...

María Hermida
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3 months ago

Years ago there was cinnamon chewing gum here in Spain. I love real cinnamon, but the gum was revolting. I imagine cinnamon marshmallow will taste as disgusting!

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Celtic Pirate Queen
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3 months ago

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit ~

Janine Hunt-Jackson
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3 months ago

Annemarie Mattheyse - just don't think about it. It's just about the most disgusting peep ever! :D

Barbara Stewart
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3 months ago

Ewwww

BUMMERS
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3 months ago

I want those!

Diane Herman
Community Member
3 months ago

I think I might like these. And I don't even ike peeps.

Chris Bainbridge
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3 months ago

I think it shows that there are a lot more mentally ill people than we knew about!

the Author is An A**hole
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3 months ago

100 quaks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89oSmOU_yuc

Keilyn Hiilei
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3 months ago

But that sounds soooo goooood

Liesa Yopp
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3 months ago

That sounds so vile.

Spike Lucas- Funk
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3 months ago

Cinnamon MARSHMALLOWS?????????????

Spike Lucas- Funk
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3 months ago

is that cinnamon flavoured????

Jennifer Sacrison
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3 months ago

WHAT THE HOLY HELL IS THAT?? 🤮🤮🤮🤮

Bill Taylor
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3 months ago

Burn them, burn them with fire!!!!

eclipse
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3 months ago

I wonder what it tastes like.

eclipse
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3 months ago

i wonder what it tastes like

Dawnielle McQuiller
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3 months ago

NEVER! NOT HAPPENING! NEVER LIKED PEEPS OR ANYTHING HOT TAMALE!

Sheila McCarthy
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3 months ago

Never seen these. May be interesting.

Kris “ADHD_Carrier” Dudoich
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3 months ago

Peeps - you've gone too far.

Joy Mettam
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3 months ago

oh my , finally something I wouldn't eat! LMBO!😂🤣😆😜🤐😛

DjLaureth Jezebelle
Community Member
3 months ago

Finally, a way to make those things tolerable. I used to cry when I got them in my Easter basket. I let them turn into stale rocks, took them outside and "killed" them in a variety of ways. I LOVED the Peep scientists who did the same kinds of things, lol.

Sharon Hahn
Community Member
3 months ago

Just Born made a cruel joke with their Peeps candy. They need to think "sweet" flavors!

Candice Ravel
Community Member
3 months ago

Fire in the hole Peeps. Might wanna wait for TP to be back in stock;)

Lisa
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3 months ago

This is the worst thing ever. It's evil.

crysta burdick
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3 months ago

peeps: lovely little gooey marshmello shaped like a chick (baby chick) popular in america for easter baskets, the one shown is a hot cinnamon flavor, the peeps come in all crazy flavors

Kanga9ine
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't have these just north of the border. I'd love to try these over my gas flame on my stove. Gingerbread Peeps were blah, but those yellow ones were the bomb. Worth the third degree burn on my thumb.

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
3 months ago

I would love to try those

Pretty Pangolin
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3 months ago

I like plain Peeps. Got a pack of strawberry Peeps by mistake and they were pretty good too. You have to be in the mood.

Jaxson Evans
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow that actually looks good

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
3 months ago

"Spicy" cinnamon is the best, I'd totally buy those :O

Laura Gritsons
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3 months ago

i have many questions--

Live Era Nemow
Community Member
3 months ago

Where's this at? Never seen this flavor of Peeps in stores here.

Joanna
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3 months ago

GROSS!!

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“The problem is not necessarily that people wish to stock up or prepare for a likely pandemic, rather the problem is that people are uncertain about the future and, if they are risk-averse, are more than likely going to overstock more than they require.”

He continued: “Of course, overstocking [i.e. stockpiling] has a knock-on effect such that the greater the number of individuals who are overstocking the more likely it is that supermarkets will run out of stock and end up with empty shelves. This will cause a feedback loop for the individual confirming what they already believe to be true and make them more willing to stock up.”

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Even in the apocalypse nobody wants ham and pineapple

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Gabi
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3 months ago

I do.

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Sardonic Scribe
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3 months ago

So sorry, Canadian here... what exactly is wrong with Manhattan Clam Chowder?

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Real commentary on the human condition - no matter what kind of mixed vegetables you buy, there’s ALWAYS too many carrots

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Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

That size bag is for horse owners.

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According to Dr. Savage, stockpiling also leads to an additional problem: it limits the availability of goods to disadvantaged groups, such as the poor and the elderly. “While this may not directly add to the further spread of the virus it may create a problem in the future when the pandemic is in full swing and the individual runs out of certain goods forcing them to leave the safety of their home and enter the public arena which may expose them to the virus.”

“Uncertainty and a lack of information are the true enemies in regard to public behavior. It is what we don't understand that we fear and what we do not know that creates bias. The best solution may well be as simple as public education campaigns delivered in the simplest way possible and framed in a positive light rather than a negative one.”

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chi-wei shen
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3 months ago

Fancy tap water.

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Pungent Sauce
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3 months ago

I do.....

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RJ
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3 months ago

That was our favorite meal as kids. You may choose what you want to eat. Sis and I: Yaaaay!!! Frozen pees!

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Poor Takis! No one wants them

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Pittsburgh rare
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3 months ago

What?!? Bring those Takis over!

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

Why not? Good for stir fry’s.

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Dear Arrow Water, People Would Rather Risk Death Than Drink Your Nasty Tasting Water. Lol

Dear Arrow water, people would rather risk death than drink your nasty tasting water

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Pungent Sauce
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3 months ago

It’s spring water, and 25% the price of Fiji. Whatever, more for me.

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

I’ll have those too. Nom.

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Hope Floats
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3 months ago

Why do people never think of buying these pizzas and just changing the toppings? As long as you've got a pizza base, you can add anything you want and you'd have your very own, ideal pizza.. .

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

It’s actually quite nice with a bit of butter and pepper sprinkled on top.

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago (edited)

It’s £1.70. When everything around it is between 53-75p the top end ranges will be the last to go and rightly so.

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Hope Floats
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3 months ago

Add Coconut milk, lime and you have a satay sauce... I watch too many cooking shows and read too many cook books.. Ha ha ha..

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Monday
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3 months ago

I have never heard of carrot spirals before and I am intrigued.

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Pungent Sauce
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3 months ago

Because corned beef is 2x the normal price til after St. Patty’s Day, when it will be 1/2 the normal price. ‘Murica!

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

Fair enough, me too.

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

Water's not exactly something we don't already have at home, though.

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Pungent Sauce
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3 months ago

They’re delicious, but apparently not worth the extra $0.50 to the budget-minded apocalypse buyer.

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Anne
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3 months ago

I want that!! (am gluten free)

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The Frog
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3 months ago

Clean your lens

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John Gibson
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3 months ago

That's just the stuff people can't reach. Lol

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Shelley Jennings
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3 months ago

Organic, vegan, gluten free... I'm starting to see a pattern here 🤣

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Daniel Mason
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3 months ago

Those crisp are nice tho..

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

When the orange moron is calling it the ‘Chinese virus’ what do you expect. Stuff that doesn’t sell like this should go to the homeless shelter where non idiots will appreciate it.

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JessG
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3 months ago

Another one that doesn't make sense....?

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The only produce left at my local grocery store is onions because nobody wants that trash

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Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

Gimme dat. It's an ingredient for most of our meals!

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