Coronavirus fears see Costco shoppers FIGHTING in queue outside Essex store – The Sun

COSTCO shoppers were filmed FIGHTING in a queue outside an Essex superstore amid the coronavirus crisis.

Two men were seen shoving each other in front of stunned shoppers as they waited to get into the store.

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One man could be heard yelling "what's wrong with you" as the fight broke out in the line in Lakeside.

He then continues: "Was I not in the queue?" – pointing to the queue stretching behind them.

The other man then interjects, yelling: "Did anyone see him push in?"

At one point, an item can be seen going flying into the air as the pair argue.

The queue outside the Costco could be seen snaking several yards outside the shop as Brits with empty shopping trolleys waited to get inside.

Footage of the confrontation at the Essex store was shared online with the caption: "The world has gone MAD! These people are fighting each other in the queue at Costco???"

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It's just the latest madness to grip Britain as panicked people stock up on crisis goods like pasta, handwash, sanitiser, frozen foods and medicines.

Shelves have been stripped bare in minutes across supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.

A Costco outlet in Chingford, North East London, was even forced to shut and call police after a stampede.

The number of coronavirus cases have today continued to climb, with more than 1,500 cases and 37 deaths.

The Government and food bosses have called for an end to panic buying — but manic hoarders again laid siege to shops yesterday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock implored selfish shoppers to “behave responsibly” and “consider the impact that their stocking up might have on others”.

He spoke after video emerged of customers lining up with trolleys for up to 40 minutes before supermarkets opened.

A Costco in Manchester was swamped while queues outside the branch in Watford were hundreds of yards long.

Footage taken inside that store later recorded warnings there were “only a few left” of its 40-roll toilet paper packs.

Later a government source confirmed rationing could be on the cards.

They told The Sun: “There’s a whole load of interventions that we’ve been considering. We’re prepared for all eventualities.”

They said the decision would “depend on what’s happening on the ground”.

Earlier, the British Retail Consortium’s members published a joint letter urging consumers to help ensure there is enough food for everyone.

It said: “We are doing everything we can so that you and your families have the food and essentials you need. But we need your help too.

“We understand your concerns, but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without."

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