Woman savaged for Facebook ad selling 21 packs of toilet paper

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A mum who hoarded hundreds of rolls of toilet paper early in the coronavirus pandemic, and is now trying to sell her excess supply online, has been heavily criticised on social media.

The Queensland woman shared an image of 21 packs of 18 rolls in a Facebook advertisement, selling each pack for the hiked up price of $20 each – more than double the product’s usual price.

“Selling of excess toilet paper that I no longer need. All new sealed in packaging $20 a pack of 18 firm,” her post to a Brisbane bridal page read.

She also asked for people not to get angry at her for panic buying the huge volume of toilet paper.

“Don’t attack me for making sure my family was prepared for the pandemic,” she wrote.

This advertisement saw the woman heavily criticised for her hoarding. Source: Facebook
This advertisement saw the woman heavily criticised for her hoarding. Source: Facebook

The woman was quick to draw criticism for her behaviour, with social media users not holding back on expressing their strong opinions.

“I hope you’re stuck with it forever you selfish bitch,” one cranky person wrote in a comment.

“Total arsehole full stop. My advise is to cook it up and feed it to your family,” someone else said.

There were nationwide shortages of toilet paper in supermarkets in the early phases of the COVID-19 outbreak, with people also clearing shelves of non-perishable food items and cleaning products.

Strict purchasing limits were placed on a host of items, banning shoppers from buying bulk quantities in a move to curb panic buying and ensure vulnerable people could get access to groceries.

The picture left shows people queuing at Woolworths, and right empty toilet paper shelves. Source: Twitter
These were the scenes inside supermarkets for weeks early in the outbreak, with toilet paper hard to come by. Source: Twitter

Now that more toilet paper has become available, there have been policies introduced to prevent people returning their hoarded products to get their money back.

Coles and Woolworths have temporarily suspended their change-of-mind refund policy, meaning customers could not return items they no longer wanted.

An Adelaide supermarket director uploaded a scathing video to YouTube after a customer tried to return 150 packets of 32-pack toilet paper and 150 units of one-litre sanitiser.

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