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Aldi shopper buys ‘conveyor belt full’ of crisps, rice and pasta before lockdown

A Lincoln man was left gobsmacked after spotting a fellow shopper buying hoards of rice, pasta and crisps at an Aldi store ahead of England's lockdown.

Stuart Darben popped into the store in Newark Road at around 11am on Monday with his partner when he spotted a fellow shopper at the tills with a conveyor belt full of goods.

He says he couldn't believe how much the shopper was buying.

"There was rice, pasta and Doritos," he told Lincolnshire Live.

"It was really busy in the shop. I was gobsmacked with what I saw, and the shopper in front of me was too.

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"I could see another staff member looking at the till but I don't think he wanted to say anything.

"I turned to my partner and said, this shouldn't be happening, it's not right.

"I even said to the check-out operator, is it right he should be doing that?"

Aldi has been approached for comment.

Shelves of toilet roll were left bare in a Morrison's store in Pinchbeck near Spalding on Saturday, October 31, in scenes reminiscent of the first national lockdown in March.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that England would be heading into a second national lockdown from Thursday, November 5 in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.

He explicitly told the nation there would be no need to stock up on groceries for the lockdown as home delivery would still be available.

Under the new lockdown restrictions, food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.

Pubs, bars, restaurants will all be forced to close.

Non-essential retail can also remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

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