Why Do People Clean Out Stores Of Milk And Bread When There’s A Storm?
I’m from Connecticut originally, and I have been through some nasty snow storms. I can tell you without a doubt that up north, we were less concerned with milk and bread… we were more concerned about getting beer and junk food…
Whenever a big storm is about to hit, somehow the supermarket shelves in the bread and dairy aisles become a barren wasteland. But why?
While it hasn’t been scientifically studied, bad weather doesn’t generally create a craving for French Toast, but storm after storm, people tend to clear out the store of these two staples.
AccuWeather claims the tradition started in 1978, when New Englanders bought up all the bread and milk in preparation for a massive blizzard, but a writer for Pittsburgh Magazine found it started even earlier.
In 2014, Virginia Montanez discovered newspapers dating back to 1950 taking note of the phenomenon.
Are you guilty of doing this? Down in SC, it seems silly. The snow never lasts long, we don’t usually lose power, and it creates havoc for no reason. Also, every time we get a snow warning, I legitimately need groceries, so I get stuck at the store for things I actually need amongst the people panicking with carts full of bread and milk.