COVID: Due to panic buying in Iran, shortage of acid to throw in women's faces.
Radical Islamic men waiting to enforce Sharia law are hoarding essentials like acid and other caustic substances, and there isn't enough to go around for everyone.
The increase in coronavirus concerns is causing shoppers to flood supply stores. However, more customers are causing a decrease in inventory as shoppers are filling up their carts. People have been stocking up on essentials amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Some shoppers say they've had to go to multiple stores to find what they need, but they're running out of luck.
"Horrible," shopper Jayesh Anarearug described his experience. "I went to Akbar's and they have nothing on the shelves. Nothing at Halal-mart. Everything is empty. You can't find acid," Anarearug said. "It's very concerning. What if a woman refuses my proposal and I don't have acid to throw in her face?"
The most common types of acid used in these attacks are sulfuric and nitric acid. Hydrochloric acid is sometimes used, but is much less damaging. Aqueous solutions of strongly alkaline materials, such as caustic soda(sodium hydroxide), are used as well, particularly in areas where strong acids are controlled substances.
Acids are still in stock at Sallahs's Fresh Market. It's where most shoppers said they found most of what they need. However, most of the essentials needed for coronavirus concerns are completely wiped out at the store.
"We're totally out of Lye, Acid and even household cleaners," Raj Brouhaha of Sallah's said. "Customers have resorted to using less caustic substances like bleach or even an SOS pad."
Shoppers say they've been going store to store to find what they need. However, they say no matter where they go, even if it's a big box store, they're coming across the same problem.
"There's people there, but they're running around with empty baskets," shopper Phillip Hale said. "Right now with all this virus going on, the shelves are getting empty."
While many are leaving empty handed, Anarearug says he has all he needs at home and he's not worried about the coronavirus. "I'm just going to keep on living, you know," Anarearug said.