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Utah Police Pose With ‘Contraband’ Toilet Paper — The Heartwarming Full Story

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

One of the most talked-about aspects of the coronavirus pandemic is the hoarding of toilet paper. As people prepare to stay at home, grocery stores are running out of bathroom tissue.


Toilet paper is becoming a hot commodity. A police department in Utah recently posted about confiscating “nearly 400 rolls of illicit toilet paper.” The story behind the photo is actually pretty heartwarming — and shows a better side of humanity in the midst of the current crisis.

Magna Contraband Confiscation – On Friday, officers in Unified Police Department Magna Precinct confiscated nearly 400…

Posted by Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Utah Police Confiscate Toilet Paper?

Unified Police Department, in the Salt Lake City area, posted on Facebook that the Magna precinct had recently confiscated hundreds of rolls of toilet paper. They called it “the largest TP bust our agency has ever seen and is likely the largest in the state.”

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The post included photos of toilet paper stacked on a table, with police officers and a police dog posing next to it. As you can probably tell, the confiscation story was just a joke. Here’s the true story.

A Magna officer is friends with a local Burger King manager, who asked what she could do to help during the current crisis. (In addition to coronavirus, Utah also had a magnitude 5.7 earthquake last week.) The officer mentioned toilet paper, so the manager dropped off 380 rolls of the stuff, to be given to people in need.

‘Unskilled’ Workers Are Heroes During This Pandemic

The Unified Police Department pointed out that the Burger King manager and her employees, as well as police officers, are still working to “take care of their communities the best they can.”


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It’s important to remember that many workers who are often referred to as “unskilled” (grocery store clerks, fast food employees, delivery workers) are putting themselves at risk so people can have supplies. Many have pointed out the irony that so many low-paying jobs have now been declared “essential.”

Keep this in mind the next time you go on a grocery store run or order something online. Let’s be kind to each other during this difficult time.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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