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Hundreds of people line up outside Costco in San Luis Obispo

Posted at 11:26 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 06:34:48-04

The line looked as if Black Friday was here.

Hundreds of people stretched around the parking lot before Costco opened in San Luis Obispo on Friday. It was a similar scene to the one that played out in Santa Maria's Costco both Thursday and Friday.

We asked the obvious question: what are you here for?

"I'm here for my regular monthly shopping spree," Fred Grossi said. "I buy my croissants, I buy my butter, I'll probably buy some toilet paper while I'm here. I already have some but I'm going to buy some more."

For some, the spectacle itself was enough to stand in line.

"You know we didn't want to miss this," Elaina Geltner joked. "This is a once in a lifetime experience, but we also did our toilet paper inventory this morning and decided it would be good to stock up.

For some, the craze from social media worked people out of bed.

"Toilet paper and paper towel. I was scared because everyone has been posting there aren't any so we got up early and went," Karyna Diaz said. "We don't even need them. But we're just scared there won't be any in a week.

Truthfully, I think we'll be fine. But I'm just scared from everybody bulk buying there wouldn't be any so I just wanted one and done and not have to go back and not have to go through this again."

Meanwhile Jason Wong was there to stock up just in case.

"This is a long line," he said. "I'm here to pick up toilet tissue paper as they recommend, some extra water supply and paper towels. I'll get whatever I can just as a precaution."

Numerous grocery stores have run low on toilet paper and cleaning supplies, but there is no indication that more won't be delivered in the coming days.