Police department mistakenly orders 24,000 rolls of toilet paper

A police department has a financial mess to wipe up after mistakenly ordering 24,000 extra rolls of toilet paper.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama, US, accidentally spent $30,000 (AUD) on toilet paper and another $12,000 for 450 cases of rubbish bags, WAFF-TV reports.

That’s a big problem, because its entire budget for janitorial supplies for next year is only $20,000.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama, US, accidentally spent $30,000 on toilet paper. Source: File/Getty

County commissioners have negotiated the bill down by half, but there is another problem to deal with – how to store an extra two years’ worth of toilet paper.

While the Sheriff’s Department isn’t commenting, Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says workers realised the mistake when a notice came in from the vendor.

The newly elected sheriff, Phil Sims, says he will work with commissioners to address the problem.