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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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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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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