Aussie toilet paper tussle sparks call for calm

SYDNEY (AFP) – A fight over toilet paper in an Australian supermarket yesterday prompted police to call for calm after the latest violence sparked by coronavirus-induced panic buying in the country.

A video shared online shows three women pulling each other’s hair and screaming as they struggle over a large pack of the highly sought-after commodity in the aisle of a grocery store in Sydney.

“I just want one pack!” one of the women screams as two others guard a trolley stacked high with rolls. Two staff members intervened to break up the scuffle and police were called but no one was arrested.

“It’s not the Thunderdome, it’s not Mad Max. We don’t need to do that,” Acting Inspector Andrew New from New South Wales (NSW) police told reporters, referring to the post-apocalyptic action films. The incident comes after police tasered a man involved in a scrap over toilet rolls in the NSW town of Tamworth.

Police were also called to a shop in Sydney when a knife was drawn in a tussle over the scarce product.