One British business owner is capitalizing on the novel coronavirus in a very novel way — and bringing some laughs to the public at the same time.
East Yorkshire-based arcade owner Eddy Chapman has swapped out typical game prizes for sought-after products, like toilet rolls and hand sanitizer, during the COVID-19 outbreak.
He noticed shoppers “panic buying” products, he told Independent, and thought: Why not “have a bit of fun with it”?
Over in Devon, another man has jumped on the wagon, removing his movie-themed prizes in place of more prized possessions during this time.
“We evicted the character from Frozen and the Peter Rabbit teddy bears and replaced them with hand sanitizer and toilet rolls,” Rob Braddick of Ho Barts Amusement Arcade told the publication.
Braddick, 48, shared a series of photos of his creation on Facebook, writing: “This is all getting ‘loo-dicrous’ in Westward Ho! That small Carex hand sanitizer is nearly as rare as hen’s teeth.”
The photos feature crane-machine games stocked with essentials that are seen being bought en-masse around the world.
Visitors, CNN reports, can now pay around 65 cents for three plays to get a toilet roll, while the Carex bottles are going for around $1.30.
“It’s a bit of light relief with everything that’s going on,” he told CNN. “Hopefully it will raise a smile, which I think everybody needs.”
While it’s all laughs at the arcade, the situation with COVID-19 across the world remains unpredictable, with 137,445 people affected by the virus.