Coronavirus: Supermarkets ask shoppers to stop stockpiling 新冠病毒:英國超市呼籲顧客理智購物

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(註:原文發表於 3 15 日。)正值人們對新冠病毒有關的囤貨行為感到擔憂之時,英國的數家連鎖超市呼籲顧客不要購買超過他們需要的數量。在一封聯名信中,英國零售商提醒顧客在購物時應考慮周到,以免導致他人買不到急需的物品。

The pandemic hasn’t yet peaked in the UK, but many shoppers have been stocking up on essentials such as loo roll, hand wash and long-life foods.

在全球範圍內蔓延的新冠病毒疫情在英國尚未達到頂峰,但許多購物者已經開始囤積生活必需品,如衛生紙、洗手液和保質期長的食品。

Some stores have imposed purchase limits on in-demand goods. Online delivery services have been running at full capacity.

一些商店已經對緊俏商品設定了購買限制。網上配送服務已經在滿負荷運行。

The message published in newspapers today and tomorrow is signed by brands including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Iceland, and Costcutter. It says they’re doing everything possible to ensure shelves are stocked, but points out that buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without.

該消息刊登在今明兩天的報紙上,由包括英佰瑞(Sainsbury’s)、樂購(Tesco)、阿斯達(ASDA)、Iceland 和考斯特卡特超市(Costcutter)共同簽署。消息表示他們正竭盡全力確保貨架上的存貨充足,但指出,顧客超需求購物的行為可能意味著他人無貨可買。

They also seek to reassure the public there is enough for everyone if we all work together.

這些商家也試圖打消公眾的疑慮,他們說,如果大家共同努力,就有足夠的物資滿足所有人的需求。

詞彙

stocking up on 囤積,大量購買
essentials 生活必需品
loo roll 衛生紙
hand wash 洗手液
long-life 保質期長的
purchase limits 購買限制
in-demand 需求量大的,緊俏
at full capacity 滿負荷地
shelves 貨架

閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題 。

1. What types of essentials have shoppers in UK been stocking up on?

2. True or false? You can buy as many in-demand goods as you want in any store.

3. What does buying more than is needed mean, according to supermarkets?

4. What do supermarkets think people need to do to make sure there are enough items for everyone?

答案

1. What types of essentials have shoppers in UK been stocking up on?
Many shoppers have been stocking up on essentials such as loo roll, hand wash and long-life foods.

2. True or false? You can buy as many in-demand goods as you want in any store.
False. Some stores have imposed purchase limits on in-demand goods.

3. What does buying more than is needed mean, according to supermarket brands?
According to supermarkets, buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that you leave nothing for others.

4. What do supermarkets think people need to do to make sure there is enough items for everyone?
They think there is enough for everyone as long as we all work together.