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Toilet rolls

(34 Posts)
Elizabeth1 Fri 20-Mar-20 19:22:13

Am I thick or something what’s the reason folks are buying up toilet rolls yes I know the purpose of toilet rolls but why why why?

Desdemona Fri 20-Mar-20 19:25:31

I really have no idea whatsoever!! Its really bizarre.

LullyDully Fri 20-Mar-20 19:25:46

Hysteria is catching maybe. We were surprised at lack kitchen paper last weekend. Perhaps people think it is a diarrhoea sickness. Who knows?

BlueSky Fri 20-Mar-20 19:26:23

I guess if you had to self isolate and couldn't go out for awhile you wouldn't want to be short of toilet paper of all things?

ananimous Fri 20-Mar-20 19:27:31

Mathematically this was inevitable (as it was the world over) as soon as the gov told us we might have to self isolate for 1/2 weeks.

I haven't seen anyone panic buying at all, apart from on the news) just stockpiling by worried forward thinking people - let's drop the bashing as the problem now is supply chain - the original stockpilers will be home self isolating leaving those others to catch up their own stock piling.

We've got to flag up who needs help in our community, that is the most urgent issue.

Luckygirl Fri 20-Mar-20 19:29:47

Son-i-l has been sawing kitchen towel rolls in half! I did suggest that it might be better to tear a sheet in half at the point of use! And definitely not to put it down the loo!

Septimia Fri 20-Mar-20 19:35:35

We were told a joke by an acquaintance, this is the polite version:

Two aliens were looking down at earth from space. One said "I wonder what happened to all the humans." The other replied "I don't know, but they've got really clean bums!"

phoenix Fri 20-Mar-20 19:41:55

Kitchen roll is NOT a suitable substitute for toilet roll, from a drains/sewers aspect!

fourormore Fri 20-Mar-20 19:42:36

Another 'polite-ish' explanation ...
Why is there panic buying of loo rolls?
Because whenever anyone around them coughs or sneezes folks sh** themselves.
We have to laugh or we'd cry!

petunia Fri 20-Mar-20 19:44:48

i think the loo roll situation started by accident. someone, somewhere mentioned on facebook or twitter that they needed to get some loo rolls in in case there's a shortage when the coronavirus hits. that's all it took and, wham, no loos rolls to be had

vegansrock Fri 20-Mar-20 19:47:11

If you can’t get out for a month you need loo rolls maybe? As well as soap, washing powder, basic foodstuffs etc . Why are we surprised?

GabriellaG54 Fri 20-Mar-20 19:54:34

Apparently, diarrhoea can be one result of contracting Covid-19

Elegran Fri 20-Mar-20 20:03:18

In a very small proportion of cases.

SpringyChicken Fri 20-Mar-20 20:11:25

Lucky girl, SIL will soon have a drain blockage. Drop a sheet of toilet paper in water and swish it round. It soon disintegrates. Kitchen roll, tissues and newspaper does not.

M0nica Fri 20-Mar-20 20:27:00

Probably fear of the virus gives them the s**ts.

Desdemona Fri 20-Mar-20 20:35:59

Has anyone got ideas on what to do if there is genuinely no toilet roll to be had for weeks/months?

I thought maybe I would use tissues or kitchen roll (if there is any in the shops) or maybe damp newspaper - then bag it up and put it in the wheelie bin.

Desdemona Fri 20-Mar-20 20:36:41

I said damp newspaper because I would imagine dry newspaper to be very harsh on the backside.

bikergran Fri 20-Mar-20 20:41:58

Desdemona you havn't lived lol lol, think we/most of us remember the harsh newspaper..mind you when it had been hanging in the outside lave a few days it prob got quite damp" lol, I rem it at my grans house, outside.

Oopsadaisy3 Fri 20-Mar-20 20:44:46

We used to use dry newspaper hung up on a hook in the loo at the end of the garden, I expect (if we had looked) we all had black bums!

One aspect of life I don’t really want to revisit.

CherryCezzy Fri 20-Mar-20 20:48:19

GabriellaG & Elegran I haven't heard any reference to Covid-19 causing diarrhoea. I did hear one expert saying it doesn't. When I looked on the nhic website it didn't appear in the symptoms list. Keeping an open mind I guess it may happen in a few cases as a consequence of fever. Maybe, however, in the beginning not knowing much in the way of detailed specifics people had an associative idea of it being linked/similar to novavirus. Then before you know it as soon as some groups of people stockpile a certain product other people either think "what do they know that I don't" and they follow suit or they think they had better get some too before they run out thereby the inevitable unavailability ensues.

J52 Fri 20-Mar-20 20:52:47

Theory- toilet rolls take up a lot of space on the shelf, so initially a few people buying big packs leaves a shelf empty.

The following shoppers see empty shelves, think ‘toilet rolls in short supply’ and hunt down supplies to mass buy. And so it goes on.

Just a thought. No panic buying in this house.

M0nica Fri 20-Mar-20 20:56:44

There have been interviews with several toilet roll manufacturers. They all made it clear that they would have no problem meeting demand for the foreseeable future.

I think in a few weeks when all the panic has died down, goods will be stacked up in the supermarket will be stacked up and no-one will be buying because they are eating/ cleaning themselves through their stockpile.

Calendargirl Fri 20-Mar-20 21:25:52

As Monica says, I really think that as long as supplies keep coming into the shops, as time passes and this new way of living (and shopping) becomes more ‘normal’, the majority of sensible people will go back to their usual type of shopping, and the panic buying will hopefully subside.

Calendargirl Fri 20-Mar-20 21:27:12

Having said that, no beer on the shelves at Tesco today. Now the pubs are closed, that will be the next panic buy.

GagaJo Fri 20-Mar-20 21:31:52

My friend from Wuhan has said her relatives that have had it all had diarrhoea. I was a bit worried yesterday when I had a cough, sore throat, headache and the runs. Better today tho!