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Christchurch, Dunedin residents unsure what to do with all this bread

Christchurch and Dunedin shoppers have been turned away from supermarkets this afternoon after being told they’ve purchased “all the bread there is.”

Christchurch and Dunedin shoppers have been turned away from supermarkets this afternoon after being told they’ve purchased “all the bread there is.”

National weather forecaster MetService has downgraded its Christchurch and Dunedin forecasts from snow to rain and sleet this afternoon, leaving residents of those cities wondering what they’ll do now with all the sliced bread they’ve purchased.

“It’s everywhere,” reported University of Otago student Gavin Chalmers, who could no longer get into his flat because the door was jammed up with countless packets of Tip Top White Toast. “Why did I buy all this bread!?”

Supermarkets in Christchurch are reporting record business as residents hurriedly purchased stockpiles of bread and canned foods in an effort to prepare for the coming snow, only to later regret it after checking the MetService website.

“I heard there was going to be snow this morning, so I went out and bought two trolleys worth of baked beans,” said Papanui local Jeff Mullins. “But now they’re saying it’s just sleet, and I hate baked beans.”

Despite the forecast downgrade, some residents say they’re still satisfied with their decision to purchase the entire city supply of sliced bread.

“We perhaps didn’t need to resort to Freya’s, though,” conceded one Christchurch shopper.

Mother-of-four Mary Price, 48, said she rushed to the supermarket early this morning to buy supplies for her family, and was still feeling pretty good about it.

“The weathermen say there’s snow or not snow and possibly rain coming,” she said. “I’m just happy to be prepared, particularly if it gets wet outside.”

28-year-old Doug Lane agreed, though said if he’d known there wouldn’t actually be snow, he probably wouldn’t have bought the two-foot-long Toblerone.

“That was probably a bit much,” he admitted. Though he was still pleased with his purchase of 20 loaves of bread, and while he wasn’t sure why he’d bought a three-litre bottle of tomato sauce, he was confident that it contained “a lot of sauce.”

As of this hour, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker is expressing some concern for the city’s drainage system, as fears mount that it may become clogged with crumbs.

Want to keep up with the latest news about snow conditions around the country? The Civilian is monitoring all the developments live at www.snowwatch.co.nz