Grocery stores are bringing on additional off-duty police officers and private security guards to help manage crowded aisles, long lines and jammed parking lots during the coronavirus outbreak.
Some ShopRite stores are adding private security guards to help with crowd control or paying local police departments to direct traffic in crowded parking lots, adds CNN.
Other local grocery stores have also been experiencing an overwhelming amount of customers inside their stores. Another news report notes that in South Carolina, at 14 Carrot Whole Foods in Lexington, owner Ed Elbrecht says his store has been overwhelmed with business. Employees are working extra hours, and he’s hired extra staff to help meet demand. “It takes all of us to work together to make this happen. I've never seen anything like this in my lifetime," said store clerk Tami O'Brien.
Dollar General announced this morning it plans to nearly double its normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April, says the news report. Target, they say, is offering additional hours and more pay to its current employees, while also working to hire additional staff.