Coles panic buying supermarket coronavirus
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Cassandra Marra is a long-time supermarket retail worker. The following is an edited transcript of her interview with Crikey's Charlie Lewis.

It just kind of hit us, back in early March. It was literally one day to the next. We were suddenly so much busier than normal, and certain items were just flying off the shelves. I had coworkers asking "what's going on?"

Eventually a customer told us "there's a crisis coming, and we have to shop for certain things". That was the first a lot of us had heard about coronavirus. I think management was as surprised as us.