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An elderly man has been pictured searching empty shelves desperately for toilet paper in Perth amid consumer hysteria at our major supermarkets.
Both Coles and Woolworths have been forced to restrict sales on toilet paper this week as shelves were cleaned out by shoppers due to coronavirus fears.
Video obtained by 7News showed shoppers clearing a shelf at a Woolies in Revesby in Sydney’s southwest on Wednesday.
A Perth shopper wrote on Facebook it broke her heart seeing an elderly man “grabbing tissues because there was no toilet paper left” at a Coles. She shared a photo of the man searching the shelves.
“I offered him the very few toilet rolls that I had as I couldn't bear to see him go without,” she wrote.
“Pull your f****** head in people and stop panic buying toilet paper.
“And shame on all the people who have been buying in bulk because it's affecting so many people who aren't fortunate enough to do so.”
‘People have gone stupid’
The woman’s post was shared more than 21,000 times with people angered by the chaotic bulk buying.
“God, this is winding me up,” one woman wrote.
Another woman wrote, “people have gone stupid”.
“This is sad,” another woman wrote.
“People doomsday prepping like no tomorrow. What about our mob and our pensioners that can’t afford it?”
Some other people praised the woman for helping the elderly man out.
“Such a selfless act,” one woman wrote.
“Love people who have respect for our elderly we owe them our lives at the end of the day.”
Foodbank Australia, which helps people living in poverty, called for an end to the mass bulk buying hysteria.
“Let's all please remember there are special groups of people in our community who do not have the ability to shop on a regular basis, and when they do, they really need the essentials, such as toilet paper, tissues and basic pain relief to be readily available,” Foodbank wrote on Facebook.
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