Canadian Couple Say They've Received Death Threats After Allegedly Panic Buying Grocery Store's Entire Meat Section

A Canadian couple say they're getting death threats after allegedly panic buying a grocery store's entire meat section due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Dan Marcotte and his girlfriend, who live in Lake County in British Columbia, were filmed with two shopping carts of meat at a Save-on-Foods store on March 14, Castanet reported. Witnesses said the couple had bragged about "cleaning house" and cut in front of other customers.

"They proceeded to brag to everyone at the till that they 'cleaned house' and 'there's nothing left for anyone to get'... and laughed about 'hoping they could pay for it all," Taylor Born wrote on Facebook, according to the outlet.

"I felt SO sorry for the poor staff, they looked just as disgusted as every customer in the store. I am appalled at our society, this is ridiculous!!"

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A section of empty shelves is seen at Northgate Gonzalez Market, a Hispanic specialty supermarket, on March 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Now, Marcotte says he and his girlfriend have been on the receiving end of negative comments—including getting death threats. "Everybody knows who I am, because I put myself out there," he told Castanet.

"I'm getting death threats and I don't answer the phone so I'm losing business. My own mother is ashamed of me."

Marcotte concedes that he and his girlfriend may have "gone overboard" with their shopping, but it was due to his worries about the coronavirus pandemic. He insisted that they only bought goods for his own family.

"We're getting crucified for buying two carts of meat. We might have gone overboard, but we didn't push people or laugh at anyone," he added. "I'm not feeling safe, and me and my girlfriend are scared."

Marcotte told Castanet that he has donated $1,000 to the Lake Country Food Bank after the incident.

He added that he has also used his moving company to help others, including giving his services away for free during wildfire seasons in 2017 and 2018.

"Nobody remembers that now" he said, adding that he now fears his business could go bankrupt if people stop using his services. Marcotte has been contacted for additional comment.

It comes after another Canadian couple reportedly made CAD$100,000 (around $72,000) buying large quantities of Lysol disinfectant wipes and reselling them at inflated rates on Amazon.

Manny Ranga, 38, and his wife Violeta Perez, 37, cashed in on fears caused by the virus by buying up stocks of wipes from local Costco outlets in Vancouver, Canada and selling them for more than four times the amount online, The Toronto Star reported.

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