A FRUSTRATED mum-of-16 has revealed she regrets NOT panic buying amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Writing an open letter to stockpilers, mum Jeni Bonell - who usually spends £232 on her weekly shop - says she finds people's hoarding "deeply disturbing and upsetting".
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The mum, from Queensland, Australia, has 16 children aged between 29 and four and usually buys 24 rolls of toilet paper and 36 litres of milk as part of her usual weekly shop.
Jeni penned the emotional letter along with mum-of-nine Claire Hooker, mum-of-seven Georgina Pritchard and mum-of-four Jessica Hood as they urged other shoppers to resist the urge the panic buy.
The letter - which was published on Kidspot - reads: "We refused to play any part in panic buying or clearing the shelves of everyday items that communities needed.
"We didn't 'stock up’; we didn't buy more than we needed. We shopped our normal fortnightly or weekly shop and for many of us our budgets certainly didn't allow for [£500] worth of stockpiling either."
However, the mums say they're now struggling to do any kind of food shop thanks to coronavirus panic-buyers and are regretting not bulk-buying while they could.
The frustrated parents says they're now having to go to several supermarkets everyday to keep cupboards stocked.
They added: "Large families have been stripped of our ability to buy food in the quantities that we.... wait for it, actually NEED, not want.
"One packet of pasta is not enough, or the milk, flour or eggs or anything else you're limiting (and we absolutely understand why, we do, we find it infuriating as well)."
As well as making their food shops more stressful, the mums are also having to fork out for petrol to get to and from the supermarkets on their extra trips.
And when they do find a shop with enough stock, they claim they're met with judgement from other shoppers who assume they're stockpiling.
As a result, the mums say they feel the need to justify their shopping habits to people who assume they're on benefits - despite the fact they all work and pay for Australia's Medicare healthcare programme.
"We're more than happy to present our Medicare cards to you, to show you the amount of our dependents," they added. "We're not hoarding, we’re simply trying to steer clear of daily trips to the supermarket and visit on a weekly basis, to lessen our social contact at this time."
Insisting they're not asking for "special treatment", the mums instead want to be treated "fairly" and have the "opportunity to buy what we need for our children."
Earlier this month, Jeni was shamed by other shoppers for buying "too much" toilet paper who mistook her weekly shop for coronavirus panic-buying.
Writing on her Bonell Family Facebook page, Jeni raged: "OH NO YOU DON'T!!!
"No lady, you don't get to stand behind me in the checkout line in the grocery store, with your voice dripping sarcasm and your crinkled brow, as you 'loud-enough-for-me-to-hear-you' say 'Wellllll there goes ALLL the toilet paper now.... hmmmmmmpfffff.'
Insisting that she shouldn't be made to feel guilty for buying enough for her big family, the mum added: "I will not apologise for buying toilet paper for my family which is undoubtedly bigger than yours."
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