In an NPR story out recently, reporter John Otis took to the streets in Venezuela – a country that is going through one of its worst economic periods ever – to investigate the government accusation, that bakers, and not government offices, are hoarding flour.
This NPR report of what may sound silly—the government accusing bakers of hoarding flour—highlights the seriousness of the economic breakdown happening in Venezuela.
As hour-long lines form at the cash register of a bakery — one of the few yet to be shut down by the government — the only more time-consuming ordeal is the two-hour wait to enter the bakery. Customers are let in five at a time, which is why it can take a family an entire morning just to receive the two loafs of bread allowed per purchase. It is also the only way to keep fights from breaking out. With armed guards there to keep the peace, it’s like something out of a movie, but much worse, it’s real life.
According to the audio, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, claims that bakers are hoarding flour in order to make brownies, and by doing so are undermining the economy in a conspiracy to bring down his government.
If brownies are capable of destroying your economy, then flour hoarding, whether real or imagined, is the least of your concerns.