Two Women Charged After Supermarket Toilet Paper Fight Video Goes Viral
Police have laid charges against two women, aged 23 and 60, after an alleged fight over toilet paper went viral online.
Three women became embroiled in a dispute over toilet paper at a Woolworths store in Chullora, south-western Sydney, on Saurday morning.
Two of the women, with a number of toilet paper packs in their trolley, argued with the third, who can be heard saying "I just want one pack".
Video of the incident, filmed by another shopper, appears to show punches being thrown. The footage went viral online.
On Sunday, police confirmed two of the women -- aged 23 and 60 -- had been charged with affray over the incident, after officers opened an investigation.
"Officers from Bankstown Police Station attended [the supermarket] and spoke to a 49-year-old woman, who had allegedly been assaulted. She was uninjured," NSW Police said in a statement.
"About 8pm, two women attended Bankstown Police Station and spoke with investigators. Today (Sunday 8 March 20120), two Bankstown women, aged 23 and 60, were issued court attendance notices for affray."
"Both are due to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday 28 April 2020."
Shoppers Say They're Panic-Buying Toilet Paper Just Because Everyone Else Is
Trolleys packed full of toilet paper, spray cleaner and long-life milk are flying out of supermarkets -- but people say they're only in a frenzy because everyone else is, not because they're scared of the coronavirus.
It comes as shoppers buy toilet paper in huge quantities nationwide, in response to coronavirus fears. Health authorities, politicians and retail experts have urged calm, saying it is unnecessary and that Australia has large stocks of toilet paper.
Several other supermarket incidents have occurred in recent days, as tensions boil over.
Acting Inspector Andrew New from Bankstown Police Station urged calm on Saturday, as toilet paper disputes occur across the country.
"Violence will not be tolerated, and anyone involved in this behaviour may be committing an offence and find themselves in court,” he said.
New called out the incident as "bad behaviour" by people who were panicking and called for calm.
"I think they're just going through a period of uncertainty, but I can assure you police will not be putting up with this kind of behaviour," New said.
"We just ask that people don't panic like this when they go out shopping. There's no need for it."
"It's not the Thunderdome, it's not Mad Max, we don't need to do that."