Video shows Woolworths shoppers in mad scramble to buy toilet paper

Shoppers at a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney’s southwest have been filmed racing to stockpile packets of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears.

Video obtained by 7News shows shoppers clearing a shelf at a Woolies in Revesby.

One man is seen picking up two packets of Quilton each containing 24 rolls. 7News reported the frenzy took place on Wednesday about 7am.

People in a Woolworths at Revesby scramble to buy toilet paper.
Revesby shoppers scramble to buy toilet paper from Woolworths. Source: 7News

Each customer will now only be allowed to purchase four packs of toilet rolls in store or online, a Woolworths spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News Australia on Wednesday morning.

“Woolworths has today moved to apply a quantity limit on toilet paper packs to ensure more customers have access to the products,” the spokesperson said.

“It will help shore up stock levels as suppliers ramp up local production and deliveries in response to higher than usual demand.”

The move comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison consulted with the supermarket giants over product shortages.

An empty shelf in a Woolworths in the Sutherland Shire.
Woolworths in the Sutherland Shire after shoppers bought a heap of toilet paper. Source: Kamilia Palu

He said Kimberly-Clark, which manufactures toilet paper, was opening up their manufacturing lines in South Australia to deal with the shortages.

On Facebook, people were less than impressed with the scramble for toilet paper rolls.

“This is bulls***,” one man wrote.

“What’s the big deal?”

Others labelled the shoppers “idiots” and “peanuts”.

“It’s really annoying because people who haven’t been panic buying toilet paper and tissues but have genuinely run out now, have nothing because of these selfish people,” one woman wrote.

“No words,” another woman wrote.

Fifteen people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus in NSW.

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