New Retailer Plans for Coronavirus — Helping the Elderly or Targeting the Elderly?

Several retailers are now employing a new tactic in the retail onslaught that is happening because of widespread panic relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus that is sweeping the globe. Conventional wisdom from the results of the virus so far indicate that elderly citizens are much more susceptible not just to contracting the virus but actually being killed by it. So, there has been a lot of communication about keeping these most vulnerable citizens isolated and minimize their chances of exposure.

Despite this conventional wisdom, retailers are now scheduling special times where they only allow senior citizens in the store. While it seems on the surface to be an action with the best of intentions, some enterprising conspiracy theorists are asking questions. Is it wise to invite a herd of senior citizens into a place where everyone that works there has been in constant contact with the overwhelming majority of the general public or hours upon hours over the last several days?

That’s sinister. It’s far-fetched. Why would they want to do that?

And yet here we are. And instead of people questioning their motives, they are receiving accolades from everyone for how caring and considerate they are being.

What do you think? Is this a helpful idea? Or is this putting the most vulnerable at risk?

Also, why not pitch better ideas like grocery delivery to the elderly where they wouldn’t be at risk at all? You could shut down your store for a couple of hours and use the employees to provide a service that might actually help stop the spread of the virus.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.