The list of things being affected by the worldwide coronavirus outbreak is ever-growing, but the fact that “toilet paper crisis” has been trending on social media? Now it’s just gone too far.
Does no one have a square to spare?!
The TP shortage situation, thanks to people hoarding and stockpiling it has gotten so bad in some places that one newspaper, the NT News in Australia, even printed an eight-page special lift-out, complete with cut lines, for people to use in an emergency.
Down there, supermarkets are getting cleaned out of toilet paper. Woolworths even introduced a four-pack limit per customer per transaction both in-store and online, according to the New Zealand Herald.
At one store, the police had to be called with the BBC reporting a knife being pulled over some much-needed TP.
The BBC and media also report that toilet paper is also believed to be in short supply in places like Iran, Singapore, Japan, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. The latter was the site of armed robbers stealing pallets of the stuff.
Australia’s chief medical officer Dr Brendan Murphy told parliament this week: “We are trying to reassure people that removing all of the lavatory paper from the shelves of supermarkets probably isn’t a proportionate or sensible thing to do at this time.”
Supermarkets Coles and Woolworths have stated there is plenty of stock, while the manufacturer of Kleenex toilet paper in the nation said it was now operating 24hr production lines to meet demand.
Consumer psychology experts have called the toilet paper hoarding “obviously irrational” and a perfect example of FOMO syndrome.
Meanwhile, hashtags like #toiletpapercrisis, #toiletpapercrisis and #toiletpaperapocalypse have been trending.