Mom in Target accuses another of ‘hoarding’ baby formula for filling cart: ‘Look at this!’

(Video: CNN)

Frustration is growing over the unprecedented baby formula shortage, yet another crisis in a nation that has entered a stage of steep decline since President Joe Biden took up residence in the White House, and the desperation of mothers seeking nourishment for their infants has led to confrontations in stores as the scarce commodity is sought out.

One young mother who posted a video of her encounter with another shopper at a Massachusetts Target who had her cart filled with formula as shelves stood empty has received national attention for her angry accusation that those who are hoarding formula are to blame for the shortages, and 23-year-old Autumn Guyer appeared on CNN where she discussed the viral video with host Erin Burnett.

In the video recorded by Guyer who is the mother of a 3-month-old son named Colton, she approached the other mother whose face is not shown to engage her about the contents of her cart.

“Look at this! Look at all this!” she said, pointing into the red plastic buggy.

“But I need it for my baby,” the woman protested.

“Look at the shelves,” Guyer said. “You don’t think I need it for my baby too?”

“This is the whole reason there’s a formula shortage,” she said. “You take all the formula off the shelf and buy it all at once?”

The other woman shot back, “You come after me, I don’t know you get this one,” giving up one can to Guyer.

“That doesn’t matter, I’m saying this is the whole reason why there’s a formula shortage,” Guyer said. “You come and you 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 all to stock up.”

On Friday’s edition of “OutFront,” Guyer told Burnett that she had recorded the encounter because she felt “hopeless” over the situation.

“I wanted other people to see what it’s like to feel kind of hopeless as a mother when you go to the store with high hopes and knowing, OK, they have this one thing that I can get, I can at least feed my baby with this, and leave with nothing,” she said.

Twitter users expressed their opinions on what some believe is the unfair scapegoating of “hoarders” instead of the failures of government and corporations while others had different takes.

Guyer also told Burnett that the formula that she is currently feeding Colton isn’t ideal for his condition.

“He’s not taking well to it, but I’ve called his pediatrician,” Guyer said. “There’s nothing anybody can do.”

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