'I have a baby to feed too!': Viral video shows moms fight over baby formula amid EMPTY SHELVES
Amid the nationwide baby formula crisis, a video of a mom confronting another for stockpiling bottles of the product at a Target store has gone viral on social media. Although the woman's face never appears in the video, the items in her cart reveal at least 30 bottles of baby formula. The event occurred at a Target store in Massachusetts, according to reports.
The video shows the moms squabbling, with one accusing the other of cleaning out the shelves and loading her supermarket trolley with baby formula. The clip was first posted on TikTok before making its way to other social media sites. For weeks, parents across the nation have been scouring shops and internet vendors in search of formula. The shortfall came on the heels of a Michigan manufacturer closing down in February after its popular formula products were connected to two newborn deaths and many illnesses. As a result, three major formula brands were shut down.
“I have a child at home to feed and you just clear the whole [shelf],” the mother said as she filmed the other woman.
She videotaped the woman's cart, which was loaded with bottles of baby formula, before panning across to the empty shelves. “You just cleared the whole shelf of all of this formula,” she tells the other woman. “You have a whole cart. Look at this, look at all this. Look at the shelves”
The shopper answers that she, too, is a mother with a child to feed. “But I need it for my baby,” she replies.
“You don’t think I need it for my baby too?” the woman filming responds.
She claims that people like her are to blame for the devastating statewide scarcity. “This is the whole reason there’s a formula shortage.” “You come and buy all the formula at once and there’s kids who need formula today who won’t be able to get it because you just bought it to stock up,” she says as the woman begins to walk away. “That’s not your problem right?”
WATCH the video here:
Mothers fight over baby formula at Massachusetts Target. pic.twitter.com/lnpqEWeJZA— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) May 20, 2022
Several users reacted to the squabble on Twitter. Responding to the text scribbled across the video, one said, "So you're argument for abortion is Biden so fucking incompetent, babies will starve."
So you're argument for abortion is Biden so fucking incompetent, babies will starve.— CNN+FAIL (@CryptoInfoMeta) May 20, 2022
Another blamed both moms for creating a scene at the grocery store, and wrote, "Both of them are wrong. The woman buying all the formula is not responsible for the country’s formula shortage, Karen. Target should limit how many each person can buy at once. This is the store’s responsibility."
Both of them are wrong. The woman buying all the formula is not responsible for the country’s formula shortage, Karen.— FridaySJL📚 (@fridaysjl) May 20, 2022
Target should limit how many each person can buy at once. This is the store’s responsibility.
The Biden administration said that it had secured its first batch of baby formula from overseas, just one day after announcing that it would be using the Defense Production Act, which gives the government greater control over industrial production during emergencies, to direct formula ingredient suppliers to prioritize delivery to formula manufacturers. Biden authorized Operation Fly Formula, which instructs the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture to use commercial planes from the Defense Department to acquire formula from other countries.