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Forget toilet paper or food: A Pennsylvania senior has made it abundantly clear the kind of essential supply replenishment that she wants amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
And the overwhelming response could be described as views equal brews.
Social distancing Pittsburgh-area resident Olive Veronesi says she needs to stock up on more beer. A humorous image of the smiling 93-year-old woman standing at her window holding an “I need more beer” sign and a can of Coors Light prompted millions of online views after it was posted to the KDKA (CBS Pittsburgh) Facebook page.
The whole thing might be a lighthearted gag, but some social media users have promised to fulfill her request, and apparently more beer has already been sent her way.
A relative took the now-viral picture of the woman holding the dry-erase board with the concise malt message.
TOO FUNNY: ♥️🍺 93-year old Olive Veronesi from Seminole, PA is doing her part to stay home and stay safe, and she’s sending this message to her neighbors and to her daughter. pic.twitter.com/oQlKITF6a9
— KDKA (@KDKA) April 10, 2020
Pennsylvania has been under a lockdown since April 1.
Veronesi told KDKA that “I have a beer every night…something to relax. I think it’s very nice, something for a young lady.” She added that she actually has some beer in the fridge.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has closed state-run liquor stores during the stay-at-home period, prompting many thirsty residents to drive to neighboring states for their adult beverages. Various states deem liquor stores as essential businesses allowed to continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transporting alcohol into Pennsylvania is illegal, though. Pennsylvania currently allows online purchases, the Central Penn Business Journal reported, however, but the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s website is evidently working about as well as the Obamacare launch.
The logjam has renewed calls for the Keystone State to privatize beer and wine sales.
Although it may not apply to Pennsylvania necessarily, Busch Beer has announced that it will gift three months worth of its product for anyone who fosters or adopts a dog from Midwest Animal Rescue.
Although alcohol and staying home seem to be a good fit for some people, coronavirus-related developments are posing challenges for at least one company.
The parent company of Corona Beer, for example, has shut down its factory operations in Mexico for the time being in response to the government’s call to put non-essential businesses on hold. Earlier this year, CNN posted a fake story that 38 percent of Americans would avoid drinking Corona Beer merely because of the name association with the disease. It turned out that consumer disdain in a survey was unrelated to the pandemic.
Late last month, Mexican citizens voted to block a Corona brewery from opening up near the U.S. border in a low-turnout election in which COVID-19 may have discouraged voters from going to the polls.
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