After a winter storm hit Texas earlier this week and left millions without power, Houstonians desperately tried to find grocery stores open to replenish their stocks.
While, Kroger is already facing the shortage of grocery items at many stores due to the weather. Now, Houston Kroger stores have been open intermittently since Tuesday in an effort to serve customers. Opening hours in stores have been reduced from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and long lines stretch hundreds of feet from the doors. Most of the clients, though, seemed to be in an accommodating mood on Thursday.
“We’re fine,” says Ida Knight, a teacher in Jersey Village. “I’m just worried about running out of formula for my six-month-old. I knew there would be queues and stakes. I’m ready for that. I just hope I’ll get the formula.” Customers in ques waiting for their turns! While, supplies are limited in stores. Customers are only allowed in batches to keep crowding. Rationing of milk, eggs, water, toilet paper, paper towels and bread is in effect just as it does at H-E-B stores in the area. With the recent notice of a citywide boil, the demand for water in particular is increasing and is rapidly depleting despite rationing. The stores are also now restocking their meat sections, and it is difficult to get essential food items like chicken.
In addition, the workers work affects grocery workers. One of them, who did not want to use her name, told us that she has been working every day for the past 10 days to help prepare for the storm as well as running the store once it reopens. She was doing this even though her home was barely habitable thanks to a blast of a tube. “I’m happy to be here to help, but I’m going to kill for a shower now,” she said.
While, the Kroger stores were also calling in several former employees to help with the loads. The chain hopes to open normal business hours in the powered stores by the end of this week. The diligence and dedication of the employees is commendable, especially as the United States enters a new round of debate about the possibility of raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. By adding a natural disaster on the New Year to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become very clear who the primary workers in the economy are. When this disaster left millions in need, the grocery workers were there for all of you. What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comment section below!