MIRROR: Mr. Häusel Germans suddenly become hamster buyers – even though politics and trade announce every day that the supply situation is secure. Why do a lot of people still shop in mountains now?
Hans-Georg Häusel: Because we are dealing with a completely unknown crisis – and the unknown scares. We do not know what will happen next, whether the food supply may cut off tomorrow. Ultimately, the fear of starvation lurks behind it. This mixed situation means that we put more flour, more pasta and other staple foods in the shopping trolley than usual.
MIRROR: But isn’t that also reasonable?
House: A certain inventory is always correct. Long before the corona crisis, the federal government recommended keeping supplies in the house for about two weeks for unusual situations such as a major hacker attack. But that we are now making such hamster purchases – that is, buying a lot more than we need in the foreseeable future – is due to our lack of system trust.