A dispute over the toilet paper roll ended with a man being insulted, the Australian police said on Thursday as coronavirus concerns triggered panic buying.
The police were called to a shop in the town of Tamworth in New South Wales, about four hours' drive north of Sydney, after the man allegedly attacked another customer and a worker.
So far it has been confirmed in Australia that over 50 people suffer from the virus. The most recent cases concerned an eight month old baby in Adelaide.
Coronavirus fears have led to several products, including hand sanitizers and face masks. Images of shoppers stacking wagons with toilet paper are spreading on social media.
A fiery truck accident in Brisbane on Wednesday evening further fueled concerns after it became known that he wore toilet rolls.
However, supermarkets and manufacturers urged calm and assured customers that deliveries would increase to meet demand.
Two large supermarket chains have also made limited purchases of toilet paper to reduce supplies.
Darwin's daily, NT News, highlighted the toilet roll hysteria and printed several blank pages for its readers to use when the worst came to the worst.
"We printed an eight-page special lift-out with practical cut lines that you can use in an emergency," says the front page of the paper.
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