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Panic buying of loo roll

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Sallywally1 Wed 11-Mar-20 19:20:45

I don’t understand this; Coronavirus is ultimately a respiratory /lung disease, so why the bulk buying of loo roll? There is no associated bowel dysfunction. And in any case, fighting over the rolls is ridiculous. When I was growing up in the 60s we always used cloth hankies which my mum then washed and ironed. (The warm hanky felt lovely when one had a cold). So if there is a shortage why not just cut up an old sheet and use that? Am I missing something?

Callistemon Thu 12-Mar-20 18:11:23

There was a fair bit in the food bank cage at our supermarket today, I was pleased to see.

HurdyGurdy Thu 12-Mar-20 19:17:11

I saw a remark on a Facebook thread relating to those who stockpile toilet rolls

- I hope they all get constipation

It appealed to my sense of humour grin

M0nica Thu 12-Mar-20 20:41:13

The only thing I couldn't get this morning was UHT skimmed milk. Pretty grumpy about that because that is our standard milk, I buy a couple of litres each week.

To be fair it would be sensible of most people did have a fortnight's food to hand. To find you have a bad cough or temperature, but have to rush to your local (crowded) supermarket to do a big shop before you self exclude as otherwise you have no food, is just downright stupid.

SueDonim Thu 12-Mar-20 21:40:12

Most things seemed available in the Sainsbury’s I went to today. The loo rolls aisle was about a quarter stocked, plenty of choice of brand and size. No hand sanitiser. Some paracetamol. Bizarrely, no strawberry jam! confused

lemongrove Thu 12-Mar-20 22:56:05

I shall only panic when there is no marmalade or teabags.😱

lemongrove Thu 12-Mar-20 22:56:37

Or, possibly ginger oaty biscuits.

lemongrove Thu 12-Mar-20 22:57:46

Annsixty 😄anniversary paper napkins.

Callistemon Thu 12-Mar-20 23:07:06

annsixty I love Wright's Coal Tar soap, but only for handwashing when coming in from the garden though.
DH did complain about it, though.

Callistemon Thu 12-Mar-20 23:07:27

Too many thoughs

Purplepixie Fri 13-Mar-20 14:13:02

I've just been to our local supermarket and they have sold out! It's the supermarkets to blame. They will sell the lot to one person, it doesn't matter to them as its all money. Greedy sods. Well I hope the supermarket bosses get the shits! Haha

Callistemon Fri 13-Mar-20 14:59:47

There were plenty of packs of toilet paper in the supermarkets we went to yesterday and today
And no, we weren't stocking up, only on my favourite Lidl chocolate, unobtainable in Tesco.

We didn't buy toilet tissue btw, left it for those in need.

NanTheWiser Fri 13-Mar-20 16:10:48

Plenty of loo rolls in a large Wilkinsons in a major shopping centre I went to today. I bought a 4 pack, to supplement the 5 rolls I already have - didn't want (or need) to cart a large pack around with me. Hopefully the shops will continue to stock up, and the panic buying will slow down soon. (No hand gel anywhere though!)

arosebyanyothername Fri 13-Mar-20 16:20:10

My friend, who is due to visit family in Australia this week, has been asked to take loo roll with her as there's none in the supermarkets there!!

Callistemon Fri 13-Mar-20 16:39:52

I hope they have enough loo roll for Tom Hanks and his wife.

Wishing them both a full recovery

Joelise Fri 13-Mar-20 17:58:54

DD was in Sainsbury’s this morning, apparently it was manic . The lady on the tills, said it had been like this for the last two weeks, and people had been queuing outside the supermarket since 6.00 o’clock this morning ! If only the supermarkets would limit items such as loo rolls, anti bac soap etc. to just two packs per person, and that some people weren’t so selfish !

callgirl1 Fri 13-Mar-20 18:04:15

My cleaner said she took one of her clients to Asda this morning, and it was absolute mayhem. Queuing to get in, folk with trolleys piled high with toilet rolls, none on the shelves.

Maggiemaybe Fri 13-Mar-20 18:36:39

Plenty of toilet rolls in our Tesco Express. They have got a notice next to an empty bit of shelf saying anti-bac hand gel is restricted to 5 per person. I’m not convinced they’ve ever sold anti-bac hand gel.

M0nica Fri 13-Mar-20 21:37:37

Thankfully Waitrose and the Co-op are much more civilised. The only thing in short supply seems to be UHT milk and neither store seemed fuller than normal.

MissAdventure Fri 13-Mar-20 21:54:40


Luckygirl Fri 13-Mar-20 21:56:34

I was about to post that one! - great minds think alike!

Callistemon Fri 13-Mar-20 22:14:55

Lots of toilet rolls in Lidl this morning.

You do get a better and more civilised class of customer in Lidl, though


JenniferEccles Fri 13-Mar-20 22:55:22

How long before some wag has a sign in his van ‘No toilet rolls kept in this van overnight’ ?!!

harrigran Sat 14-Mar-20 08:45:54

Already seen that one Jennifer, scribbled in the dust on a whote van.

JenniferEccles Sat 14-Mar-20 09:35:17

harrigran 😀

Hetty58 Sat 14-Mar-20 09:40:46

Supermarkets are having a great time cashing in - 'laughing all the way to the bank' as my mother would have said