Security Guards Tasked To Watch Toilet Paper Aisles
Australia's toilet paper saga has taken another turn with security guards reportedly tasked to monitor the loo roll aisle at some supermarkets.
The move comes after photos and videos started circulating of shoppers brawling over precious packets of toilet paper amid rising coronavirus fears.
In a bid to curb arguments and hoarding, guards have reportedly been stationed in some stores that have introduced toilet paper buying limits.
It comes after a video of two women fighting over loo rolls at a Woolworths store in Chullora, in Sydney's south-west, went viral last week.
Police have since charged the two women, aged 23 and 60, following the alleged dispute.
Aldi, Coles and Woolworths are all enforcing toilet paper buying restrictions for customers in response to the massive spike in sales.
An Aldi store also displayed a cheeky sign during the so-called #ToiletPaperApocalypse. It read: "We apologise if this act of courtesy is a disruption to your shop".
Meanwhile, Coles took its rationing plans to the next level, allowing shoppers to only purchase a single packet of toilet paper each, both in-store or online.
"Unfortunately many stores are still selling out within an hour of delivery," Coles said in a statement.
"We have therefore made the decision to change the limit to one pack per customer so that toilet rolls are available for more of our customers, particularly the elderly and people who are unable to purchase in large volumes."
Some shopping centres have also reportedly tasked security guards with making sure shoppers aren't stealing toilet paper from public bathrooms.
Meanwhile, Woolworths also has a 'four packs per transaction' rationing system in place to combat the response to coronavirus fears.
Authorities have warned large scale panic buying is leaving the elderly and other disadvantaged Australians without essentials.
"We just ask that people don't panic like this when they go out shopping. There's no need for it," Police from Bankstown Station in Sydney's south-west told 10 daily on the weekend.
"It's not the Thunderdome, it's not Mad Max, we don't need to do that."