Panic buying sees Tesco start rationing with buying limit of three items only on eggs, rice, soap and toilet roll

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TESCO has put a buying limit of three items only on eggs, rice, soap, loo roll and other products.

The supermarket says it has good stock levels and the restrictions are to stop a repeat of shortages caused by panic-buying in March.

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Tesco has set buying limits on certain grocery products
Shoppers will only be allowed to purchase three of eggs, rice, soap and toilet roll

It told customers to shop as they normally would.

However, more than 15 million panicking shoppers have given supermarkets record paydays, with £2.5billion rung through tills since Monday.

Customers were left facing empty shelves.

Lucy Smith, 27, found a four-pack of Yorkshire puds at Aldi in Burpham, West Sussex, only for someone to swipe them out of her trolley.

Shoppers faced two-hour queues for a record number of click-and-collect orders at non-essential Tier 4 retailers.

Tempers flared as shops mixed up orders and staff became overwhelmed.

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Supermarket shelves were left empty today due to stockpiling before Christmas[/caption]

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Shoppers have been urged to shop ‘normally’[/caption]


Tracy Simpson, of Milton Keynes, said: “Morrisons’ click-and-collect was mayhem — a two-hour wait in the car park and the manager refused to talk to customers.”

Sources say most shops do not have the space to act as collection depots.

Amazon, Asos, M&S and other retailers promising next-day delivery saw an online boom.

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