Asda shopper wears Stormtrooper helmet to tackle coronavirus supermarket chaos and stockpile Coca-Cola

AN ASDA shopper was stunned when he spotted a customer stockpiling bottles of Coca-Cola in a Stormtrooper helmet amid the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

Dad-of-one Mark Mattocks filmed the video of the bizarre incident in his local Asda store in Sittingbourne, in Kent, yesterday and captioned it: "Stop the planet I wanna get off."

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An Asda shopper was seen purchasing Coke in bulk while wearing a Stormtrooper helmetCredit: Facebook
Shopper Mark Mattocks was stunned by the bizarre sight in Asda yesterdayCredit: Facebook

Taxi driver Mark, 35, told the Sun Online: "I was strolling past the aisle with my girlfriend and we were both chatting about how empty the shelves were.

"We both glanced along and carried on walking then froze and both said 'did you just see that?'

"I was totally stunned at how casually this lady was shopping with that on her head. It looked like she was stockpiling bottles of Coke."

It comes after a chaotic weekend for retailers, which saw their shelves emptied of essential items such as toilet rolls, cleaning products, dried pasta and tinned food, after the virus outbreak was classified as a pandemic.

In one shocking video, dozens of customers were captured fighting with each other for loo roll in a Home Bargains store in Nottingham.

The Government and food bosses have called for an end to panic buying — and ministers signalled they may now ration certain products if the mob mentality in stores continues.

But shoppers have ignored their pleas – with hand sanitiser, bleach, tinned food and pasta all greedily bought in bulk by shoppers – as cases continue to rise in the UK.

Queues have snaked around shops as customers wait 40 minutes for doors to open.

In his daily briefing this evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged shoppers to be sensible when buying food.

He said: "We are absolutely confident our supply chains are working, and will work, and we will get farm to fork food supplies.

"Therefore people should have no reason to stockpile or panic buy."

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has previously implored selfish shoppers to "behave responsibly" and "consider the impact that their stocking up might have on others".

Meanwhile UK retailers urged customers to be considerate in their shopping, so that others are not left without much-needed items.

They said: "There is enough for everyone if we all work together."

The chaotic scenes across UK supermarkets came as the Government's chief scientific adviser said around 55,000 people in the UK now have coronavirus.

On Tuesday, a further 14 people in England died with Covid-19, as well as one each from Scotland and Wales, taking the UK death toll to 71.

The PM has said "everyone" in the UK should now avoid "non-essential" travel and contact with others to halt the spread of the killer virus.

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