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Online listing for medical supplies hoarded during pandemic sparks anger: 'It sadly exposed how greedy people around us can be'

"People were stealing those, too."

"People were stealing those, too."

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A Reddit user recently shared a concerning screenshot of a Facebook Marketplace listing, showing boxes of disposable gloves stacked high.

The listing advertised the gloves at $25 per case, with each case containing 1,000 gloves. The poster's caption read: "Scalpers still trying to get rid of their Covid PPE stock they hoarded. I hope these people lose everything they invested on these gloves."

"People were stealing those, too."
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The post, shared in the popular r/mildlyinfuriating community, struck a nerve with many users who expressed their frustration and disappointment.

It also sparked a lively discussion about the ethics of hoarding essential supplies during a public health crisis. Many users pointed out the negative impact this behavior had on the general population and health care workers, who faced shortages of personal protective equipment because of panic buying and hoarding.

One commenter shared a personal story, saying: "They're the reason that the hospital near me was running at a critical level of gloves when my wife had sepsis. They even took the boxes out of the rooms because people were stealing those, too."

That same user mentioned a nurse at a local nursing home who was arrested for stealing gloves from her workplace.

The post also cast a harsh light on the long-term consequences of panic buying and hoarding. 

"It sadly exposed how greedy people around us can be," the original poster agreed.

While it's easy to feel outraged by the actions of those who hoarded essential supplies during the crisis, it's important to remember that we all have a role to play in creating a more resilient and equitable society.

By making conscious choices in our daily lives, such as supporting local businesses, holding corporations accountable, and reducing our consumption of single-use plastics, we can work toward a future wherein everyone has access to the resources they need to thrive.

Let's use this moment as an opportunity to reflect on our own behavior and consider how we can contribute to a more sustainable and compassionate world. Together, we can build a future in which no one feels the need to hoard resources at the expense of others — and where we all have the tools and support we need to navigate even the most challenging times.

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