The spread of coronavirus has people worried. They've started stocking up on essential items, with one in particular going faster than anything else. Costco's toilet paper in Canada is flying off the shelves, leaving some areas with low stock.
Canadian Costco locations have already started to run out of other essential items, including canned foods, meat, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. Toilet paper also made the list.
However, the bathroom tissue issue has spread globally and became a real problem in places like Australia, where fights have broken out in stores over packs of rolls. This is despite the fact that the government has said there is no shortage.
Dwindling supplies in the country have also forced stores to start placing buying limits on toilet paper, allowing people to only buy four packs at a time.
Meanwhile, in Canada, scenes and stories from inside Costco locations have been shared on Twitter, where users have pointed out just how desperate people are to get there hands on some TP.
"This is the toilet paper section at Costco in Moncton... ridiculous!!!" wrote @dwolfie21. The statement was accompanied by a photo of the completely empty toilet paper section.
Other users like @1goatroti took videos of the massive lines of people waiting to just get into the store.
"Get to @costcocanada right when they open, they said, Shouldn't be too bad, they said. People usually get there around 10:30 or so, they said. This was 9:35am and the line curved around the side of the building," they wrote.
This is the toilet paper section at Costco in Moncton... ridiculous!!! https://t.co/No2S5zEuck— dwight wolfe (@dwight wolfe)1583596311.0
Get to @costcocanada right when they open, they said, Shouldn't be too bad, they said. People usually get there a… https://t.co/E6GlwUjxwZ— D. Ramnarine (@D. Ramnarine)1583593044.0
No toilet paper here sold out @costcocanada #Dartmouth but they got a ton of paper towels https://t.co/LPaEeUpa9J— SubaruBoy is the # 1 Subaru Fan in Canada (@SubaruBoy is the # 1 Subaru Fan in Canada)1583336719.0
@PaulaMc007 My husband was at Costco last night (in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada), snd the staffer kept bringing… https://t.co/awl0ng8OH9— Liz Joyce (@Liz Joyce)1583527010.0
Thanks Bob! I found some in Canada too, just on the shelf. I went to Costco on Tuesday just missed the last of the… https://t.co/rs61VGwfQg— Crab-G🇨🇦 (@Crab-G🇨🇦)1583520525.0
@JessMagdefrau Here in Canada they are buying toilet paper at Costco like crazy. My God one costco pack last my fam… https://t.co/HAV4TA0Xqo— Bob E. Smash (@Bob E. Smash)1583447001.0
Conversely, I was at Costco where people have absurdly 'done runs' (I did that on purpose) on buying toilet paper.… https://t.co/GoXI1Yd5EW— Auntie Pants (@Auntie Pants)1583358281.0
Other Twitter users took the opportunity to point out that panic-buying so much toilet paper, especially at only one location, might not be the best strategy, even with the rising number of Canadian coronavirus cases.
@markoftheD Here in Canada, my local Costco sold out of toilet paper yesterday in under an hour. Every. Other. Stor… https://t.co/P5UlcRmdHT— Dee 🇨🇦 (@Dee 🇨🇦)1583599858.0
Costco Canada sold out of toilet paper, paper towels and tissue The calm, level headed neighbour of the US has lo… https://t.co/jBggMfE0GA— kids_kubed 🇨🇦 (@kids_kubed 🇨🇦)1583197070.0
@CentralbkIntel @Andytwit123 This has happened in Canada & the US, no sale on. One woman who was interviewed outsid… https://t.co/IJtXFkjjic— Blair (@Blair)1583546352.0
@CosmicRami Same in Eastern Canada even though there are only 27 confirmed cases across the country. Masks, hand s… https://t.co/3XirdM7bly— Unique Toy Box Plans (@Unique Toy Box Plans)1583232556.0
Hope all the people stockpiling at Costco got their flu shot and vaccinated their kids. Don’t think a 4 litre peanu… https://t.co/zkB5kJh1y0— Ora Bascom (@Ora Bascom)1583207776.0
With the world coming to an end, everyone is running to @costcocanada to grab toilet paper and kleenex, because the… https://t.co/7j0hzLIYzI— Michael McCrae (@Michael McCrae)1583597202.0
"Here in Canada, my local Costco sold out of toilet paper yesterday in under an hour. Every. Other. Store. Has. Stock. People, as a herd, are not smart," wrote @dedrie77.
"Costco Canada sold out of toilet paper, paper towels and tissue. The calm, level headed neighbour of the US has lost its mind. Why aren’t we stock piling maple syrup, bacon and hockey pucks like true Canadians?! FYI my family really needs toilet paper — we are down to 4 rolls," wrote @Kids_kubed.
People in the Calgary subreddit also couldn't help but point out the ridiculousness of stocking up solely on toilet paper during the outbreak.
However, the real comedic hero of the entire toilet paper panic might be Dave London, who was interviewed outside of Costco by CTV News.
Dave London braved the crowds at Costco and became the face of the toilet paper movement. #Langford (sound up) https://t.co/J6mxBeUoY7— Jordan Cunningham (@Jordan Cunningham)1583530640.0
"I don't know if we're going to make it through this, but now that I've got my stock of toilet paper, I know my family will be safe," London told CTV News reporter Jordan Cunningham.
"When we go to the barter system, which will be very shortly, in my opinion, I think that my toilet paper is going to be able to be traded for alcohol, which I think is more important."
Wise words for panicked times.