Man Charged After Alleged Assault Over Toilet Paper At BIG W
A man has been charged with assault after a dispute over toilet paper allegedly turned violent inside a Big W store in NSW.
NSW police were called to the department store on Bridge St, Tamworth at about 10am on Thursday.
A police spokesperson said officers had been told a 50-year-old man began to argue with a staff member and another customer shortly before he allegedly assaulted them both inside the store.
"Police were told the man became aggressive over stock unavailability and threw boxes of tissues at a female staff member and walked off," NSW Police said in a statement.
"When a female customer approached the man, he allegedly grabbed her around the throat before she was assisted by another customer."
By the time police arrived, the man had left the store.
Police said the man was later tasered after he allegedly resisted arrest, attempted to put one of the officers into a headlock and grasped at another officer’s service firearm.
The man was taken to Tamworth police station where he was treated by ambulance crews as a precaution before being charged with a string of offences.
He was refused bail and will appear in Tamworth Local Court on Friday, facing two counts each of common assault, resisting an officer, and assaulting an officer.
A Big W spokesperson said police were called to the scene by security, and that none of the store's team members were hurt during the incident.
Supermarkets and chemists across the country have seen mass shortages of toilet paper, as hundreds of shoppers 'panic buy' supplies amid growing coronavirus fears.
Videos shared to social media this week have shown people stacking their trolleys high as stores struggle to keep up with demand, despite repeated assurances from authorities that panic-buying supplies is unnecessary.
Earlier this week Coles, Woolworths and some independent stores announced they would start setting limits on how many toilet paper packets can be bought by individual customers.