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Loo-dicrous! English Arcade uses TOILET ROLLS for prizes amid coronavirus panic-buying

W/S Chapmans Funland amusement arcade, Bridlington, East Yorkshire
M/S Manager of Funlands amusements Andrew Chapman playing on the grabber machine
SOT, Andrew Chapman, Manager of Funlands amusements: "I think the panic buying is a bit overrated really. But if you come down to Bridlington, you can have a win one in our prize grabber."
M/S Grabber machine sign
C/U Toilet rolls in machine
M/S Grabber in motion
M/S Grabber in motion
SOT, Andrew Chapman, Manager of Funlands amusements: "We've had some brilliant reactions. We had a woman travelling 68 miles [109 kilometres] yesterday just to have, to win one and to have it signed by my brother. And she was over the moon with it."
M/S Grabber in motion with a toilet roll
C/U Andrew holding toilet rolls
M/S Andrew holding toilet rolls
SOT, Pat, Bridlington resident: "I don't understand why people are panicking so much. I've just been for my, usually what I get every week, and I can't get it, the disinfectant and all that, because everyone's buying it and all the shelves are empty. And I just don't see any point in that as long as they wash their hands and wipe around as they said, there is no need to panic."
M/S Customer playing on machine
C/U Customer playing on machine
M/S Customer playing on machine
SOT, Peter Mills, Bridlington resident: "It's ridiculous for the people who do it. And also, I mean, I heard that there was one person, I don't know which town she was, but she has a swimming pool in the rear house and she stocked it half-full of canned goods. You know, you can't just believe anything like that."
C/U Customer playing on machine
C/U Customer playing on machine
M/S Customer playing on machine
SOT, Matthew Kemp, Bridlington resident: "I think panic-buying is ridiculous, I think they're panic-buying loo rolls to be on the safe side in case they get caught short for two weeks."
M/S Amusement machines
M/S Amusement coin machine
C/U Change machine
SOT, Anne Hall, Bridlington resident: "I think that it has just gotten out of hand now, basically. People are just panicking for no reason."
W/S Bridlington Beach
M/S Seagull
W/S Bridlington Beach
SCRIPT
Owners of a small amusement arcade in the coastal town of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, decided to stock claw “grabber” machines with must-have sanitary products, such as toilet rolls, to spread some cheer and get people calm down, as supermarkets are facing coronavirus-related panic-buying.
"I think the panic buying is a bit overrated really," manager of Funlands amusements Andrew Chapman said on Tuesday, adding "but if you come down to Bridlington, you can have a win one in our prize grabber."
Andrew went on to say that people welcomed the idea to fill claw machines with toilet paper rather than toys, and called it "brilliant." He continued: "We had a woman travelling 68 miles [109 kilometres] yesterday just to have, to win one and to have it signed by my brother. And she was over the moon with it."
Local residents also shared their concerns and thoughts over the panic-buying caused by the rapid spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, with many stating people are just overreacting.
"I don't understand why people are panicking so much," Pat said, adding "as long as people wash their hands, there is no need to panic."
Another resident Matthew continued: "Panic-buying is ridiculous, they're panic-buying loo rolls to be on the safe side in case they get caught short for two weeks."
Some of the supermarket chains all across the world have begun limiting essential food and household item as coronavirus fears have prompted customers into panic-buying.
Worldwide, the disease has infected over 119,000 people and killed more than 4,200 as of Wednesday morning.