UPDATE 4:08 p.m.
The man at the centre of a panic meat buying frenzy in Lake Country last weekend has reached out to Castanet to let us know that he is "sincerely sorry" for his actions and he says he will do anything he can to make it right with the community.
Dan Marcotte tells Castanet that he has a mental health disorder that caused him to overreact to the coronavirus, "I was driven by fear and concern for my loved ones I had no idea I would get this kind of reaction."
Marcotte like many others is concerned about the coronavirus and self-isolating, "I feel like I'm all alone."
Mental health experts indicate that it is important to remember that none of us is alone and there are resources available for people who need them. The Interior Crisis Line Network can be reached at 1.888.353.2273 for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed.
ORIGINAL 11:50 a.m.
The couple at the centre of a panic meat buying frenzy in Lake Country last weekend has reached out to Castanet to let us know that they are receiving death threats due to the community's negative reaction.
Dan Marcotte spoke with Castanet to try and explain his reasons for the massive purchase that cleaned out the Save On Foods meat section last weekend.
"Everybody knows who I am, because I put myself out there, (now) I'm getting death threats and I don't answer the phone so I'm losing business. My own mother is ashamed of me."
Marcotte has a big heart and has used his Dan-Mel moving company to help others in the past, giving his moving services away free of charge to help those in need during the 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons.
"Nobody remembers that now." Marcotte also donated $1,000 to the Lake Country Food Bank after the incident, which he says was grateful and supportive. He feels now that his life could be in danger and he worries his business could go under if people stop calling for his services.
He says he got caught up in the anxiety most people are feeling about the coronavirus and made the large purchase for his own family.
"If me and my girlfriend had done this two months ago nobody would say a bloody word. We're getting crucified for buying two carts of meat. We might have gone overboard, but we didn't push people or laugh at anyone."
"I'm not feeling safe, and me and my girlfriend are scared."