Chess prodigy Kasparov compares NYC blizzard and supermarket lines to Communist Russia

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Chess prodigy Kasparov compares NYC blizzard and supermarket lines to Communist Russia
The weather here in New York reminds me of Moscow. The lines in the food stores remind me of the USSR!
Panicked New Yorkers strip supermarket shelves clean as #blizzardof2015 nears. http://t.co/G8FQsz7eGt http://t.co/SSV164Biiw
Some #blizzardof2015 preparation in East Rutherford, New Jersey: @rustywx (pic from Jeremy Papke) http://t.co/LKVKY24HHB
If you ever wondered what the End of Days looks like, it's happening right now at @WholeFoods in NYC #blizzardof2015 http://t.co/nRI5MDlSaZ
..and here's proof! @WholeFoods more like wholezoo. #blizzardof2015 http://t.co/XoixguYZrv
Long lines, emptying shelves abandoned baskets and short tempers @WholeFoods Union Square. #blizzardof2015 https://t.co/JmiXgy5vLN
Bread or soup? Nope. Yogurt or eggs? Probably not. Milk? Act fast. #Astoria #blizzardof2015 http://t.co/lRSiFTcu0F http://t.co/uSe8mgU0OJ
Abandoned baskets at 14 st whole foods from those who could not take the line. @DNAinfo http://t.co/AijoBqvPPY
The great pre-storm Kale Panic of '15. (Yes of course, this is the Gowanus Whole Foods) http://t.co/OS50ntIatK
The line outside the Park Slope @foodcoop in preparation for the blizzard (pic by @the_zim): http://t.co/imJ9oir4gY http://t.co/94DCzoz7EP
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By RYAN GORMAN

New Yorkers are standing on breadlines as a potentially historic blizzard bears down on the city.

Chess champion Garry Kasparov, who grew up in the U.S.S.R., compared the weather, long lines and bare shelves to his upbringing in the impoverished Communist country.

"The weather here in New York reminds me of Moscow. The lines in the food stores remind me of the USSR!" Kasparov wrote on Twitter early Monday afternoon.

The mad dash to area supermarkets came as a storm expected to dump anywhere from 18-36 inches on the region began moving in.

Pictures on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram showed waits hundreds of people deep at the Whole Foods market in Union Square.

Though usually long, the lines do not usually wrap around the store's hot and cold food bars and snake all the way to the front door.

People unable, or unwilling, to wait hours to pay for food abandoned their baskets and carts in the middle of aisles like snowed-in cars stranded on Third Avenue during the last major snow storm to hit the city in 2010.

People waiting to get in lined up outside both the Whole Foods and nearby Trader Joe's markets, both in Union Square. A line could also be seen outside the Park Slope Food Co-Op.

Bare shelves dominated the pictures from other area food markets, including the Gowanus, Brooklyn, Whole Foods and a KeyFood in Astoria, Queens.

Most people finished their food shopping over the weekend after hearing the dire forecasts, but the unlucky masses who put food shopping off until the last minute may well be trudging through nearly a foot of snow by the time they escape their local supermarket.
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