Laid off worker buys $4,200 worth of beer for coronavirus lockdown

Laid-off chip shop worker buys 90 slabs of beer for $4,200 to down by the pool during a looming coronavirus lockdown – as other drinkers proudly show off their HUGE grog stockpiles

  • Australians showed off their booze stockpiles amid the coronavirus pandemic
  • Caleb Whyte bought a pallet of Emu Export beer worth $4,200 in Perth
  • He lost his job thanks to coronavirus and was getting prepared for lockdown
  • Shop owners said they were running out as drinkers flocked to their shops
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A chip shop worker who lost his job over coronavirus bought $4,230 worth of beer to drink by his pool as Australia prepares for months of lockdown.

Caleb Whyte walked into his local bottle shop in Perth on Monday and told the shocked cashier he wanted a whole pallet of 90 slabs.

The 19-year-old paid for the immense haul of 2,700 cans of Emu Export with a thick wad of cash he plonked down on the counter.

‘The world’s going I was thinking that they’d shut down bottle shops with COVID-19, and I didn’t want to miss out,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

Caleb Whyte (pictured) walked into his local bottle shop in Perth on Monday and told the shocked cashier he wanted a whole pallet of 90 slabs

Caleb Whyte (pictured) walked into his local bottle shop in Perth on Monday and told the shocked cashier he wanted a whole pallet of 90 slabs

The receipt showing the mammoth order Mr Whyte place at Stoneville Liquor Store in Perth on Monday morning

The receipt showing the mammoth order Mr Whyte place at Stoneville Liquor Store in Perth on Monday morning

‘I’m a big chook (slang for Emu Export) lover so I’m looking forward to a few weeks or months of lots of beers by the pool.’

Mr Whyte said on a day off he gets through a slab a day, so 90 blocks would last him through a three-month lockdown if the government ordered it.

The retail employee grabbed his stash just before Western Australia introduced severe restrictions on alcohol buying – one slab per person.

Many other drinkers have flocked to bottle shops this week as they fear they will be shut down by escalating restrictions across the country.

Australia is now in stage 2 with many non-essential businesses ordered to close as the country’s death toll hit 11 on Thursday with 2,675 infected.

‘I thought I’d prepare for lockdown before the shops shut or everyone bought all the beer,’ Mr Whyte said.

Dale Blackman (left) was on the til and shocked when Mr Whyte paid for the immense haul of 2,700 cans of Emu Export with a thick wad of cash he plonked down on the counter

Dale Blackman (left) was on the til and shocked when Mr Whyte paid for the immense haul of 2,700 cans of Emu Export with a thick wad of cash he plonked down on the counter

The 90 cartons of Emu Export were purchased at the Stoneville Liquor store (pictured)

The 90 cartons of Emu Export were purchased at the Stoneville Liquor store (pictured) 

‘I’m not worried about catching coronavirus, I’m pretty laid back and we all come and go as the universe decides.’

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Dale Blackman was on the til at Stoneville Liquor Store in Perth’s hills region when Mr Whyte nonchalantly walked in and placed his massive order.

‘He came over and said “can I buy a pallet of export?” as he pulled $4,500 in cash out of his pocket,’ he said.

‘I was shocked, it’s the biggest order I’ve ever seen. I told him it was a lot of Export and I had to call the boss.’ 

Mr Blackman said his beer-loving customer wasn’t panicking and they had a laugh about how he was going to get the beer home and how there was enough to build a fort and throne inside his house.

But alas, it was not to be as after the beer arrived two days later, the liquor chain bosses put a stop to the huge sale and refunded Mr Whyte’s cash.

One Aussie stockpiled beer cartons amid the powertools in their shed

One Aussie stockpiled beer cartons amid the powertools in their shed 

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 2,675

New South Wales: 1,219

Victoria: 520

Queensland: 443

Western Australia: 205

South Australia: 197

Australian Capital Territory: 44

Tasmania: 42 

Northern Territory: 5

TOTAL CASES:  2,675

DEAD: 12

‘They said we couldn’t sell it in that quantity or all bottle shops might get shut down. He was only allowed to have 10,’ Mr Blackman said.

‘Now as you know there’s a limit of one carton per person, which I reckon is as a result of this. It’s sad.

‘We’ve had heaps and heaps of people ask for pallets after that as a joke though. Caleb is a bit of a local legend now.’ 

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A photo of Mr Whyte’s receipt was shared on Facebook by a ‘bush chook’ appreciation page, along with a photo of the pallet.

This prompted other Australians to show off their own lockdown booze stockpiles. 

One hoarder snapped a picture of 40 cartons of Emu beer that were stashed amid powertools in their shed.  

Another commenter showed how their fridge was completely filled with beers like Emu Export, Victoria Bitter and James Squire One Fifty Lashes. 

One Aussie fridge was stocked up with nothing other than tins of Emu Export.    

Shop owners also noted that the Emu beer was widely popular and had largely been selling out. 

Another hoarder fully stocked their fridge with tins of Australian beer

Another hoarder fully stocked their fridge with tins of Australian beer 

One shop owner said: ‘We sell it by the pallet regularly.’ 

Another said: ‘We ordered a pallet 2 weeks ago and we need to order another one.’    

Australians are in a frenzy to stock up on booze and food as supermarkets continue to run out and limit purchases. 

The grocery stores have been running low on household items like toilet paper, hand sanitiser and pasta amid the coronavirus panic.  

The Government has also enforced level two restrictions across Australia that closed down gyms, personal services and limited restaurants and cafes to takeaway. 

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Australia have risen to 2,675.  

Shop owners said that they had been selling out of the Australian Emu Export beer

Shop owners said that they had been selling out of the Australian Emu Export beer 


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