Anyone who has been to the grocery store in the past few days knows that toilet paper is extremely hard to come by. Panic-buying due to the coronavirus outbreak has caused it to fly off the shelves within seconds of it being stocked. In Mong Kok, Hong Kong, the toilet paper didn’t even make it inside the store before thieves snatched it up and took off with it.
Thieves Stole 600 Rolls Of Toilet Paper Due To Coronavirus Panic
The incident occurred outside of Wellcome Supermarket where a delivery man was unloading the toilet paper out of his truck and getting ready to bring it inside. The thieves are said to have made out with about 600 rolls which is an absurd amount. They held the delivery man at knifepoint. This is a small part of a huge global toilet paper shortage problem.
People Waging Wars Over Toilet Paper
If you have been following the coronavirus hashtag closely on Twitter, you may have seen several videos of people physically fighting over toilet paper in supermarkets. In particular, it seems like people in Australia are ruthless when it comes to grabbing toilet paper. One Twitter user Bold_Westie documented the Toilet Paper Wars going on in Australian Supermarkets.
People literally rush into stores and sprint towards the toilet paper shelves. They have even been stealing toilet paper out of other people’s carts. One person had to be tazed after arguing over toilet paper.
Even with some stores beginning to limit how many packs of toilet paper each customer can buy, there is still fighting and arguing occurring.
While government officials have urged people not to panic-buy items like toilet paper, it doesn’t seem like people are taking that advice at all.