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John Sapienza waits on the self-service checkout line

John Sapienza waits on the self-service checkout line at the Stop & Shop at the South Port shopping center in Shirley. “I’m getting storm junk food,” the Shirley resident said, including chips, beer and popcorn. Sapienza also got batteries for video game controllers, and pot roast “because it always seems right to make when it snows.” (Dec. 26, 2010) Credit: Carl Corry

On Sunday morning, as the snow just started piling up and the winds picked up, people around Shirley rushed to the stores for the long haul.

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In Shirley:

John Sapienza, Shirley, was about 10 deep on the self-service line at Stop & Shop at the South Port shopping center in Shirley. “I’m getting storm junk food,” including chips, beer and popcorn. He also got batteries for video game controllers and pot roast, “because it always seems right to make when it snows.”

“Basically, comfort stuff.”

Bill Kohler, of Mastic, a parking lot attendant for Stop & Shop, was standing at the curb outside the store waiting to usher carts out of the way. But it was so busy that he didn’t have to do it as much.

“It’ filling up with cars, but not with carts because people are grabbing them so quickly.”

At The Home Depot at the William Floyd Plaza in Shirley, cashier Monique Thepenier said she came in at 9 a.m. and the store was already out of snow shovels and snow blowers.

That left Brandon Leake of Mastic Beach to buy a spade shovel instead. He also bought rock salt and an car ice scraper.

“Aside from that, I’m all prepared I’ve everything under control.”

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