Opinion: Toilet Paper Will Save Me Said No One Ever
Stop me if you've heard this before. If I have toilet paper, I know I will be saved. You can't stop me because no one has ever said that ever.
It's time to stop the madness. Please for the love of all things good and holy stop hoarding toilet paper. There, I've said it.
Before I continue this rant, let me state clearly that I'm not making light (or hyping) the current fears about coronavirus. No matter what the real scale of this pandemic truly is, people are really dying. This isn't about that. This is about the absurd connection with people obsessing about toilet paper.
Here's what we encountered today at a local store and shared on Facebook:
I went to a Casper store today to pick up some miscellaneous food items my family needed. When I arrived at the checkout and said hello to the cashier, she said "you're not looking for toilet paper, are you?" She said this with a somewhat nervous voice possibly anticipating that I might explode if not provided with bathroom tissue. That means someone before me must have gone nuclear on this poor girl for telling them they were sold out.
To give you an idea how crazy this has become, Happy Preppers has a list of things you need to survive a pandemic. These folks are obviously among the most concerned folks that something bad is about to go down. On their list, you will find hazmat suits, cleaners, disinfectants, etc. You know the one thing you WON'T find on their list?
Despite the popular consensus among Casper residents, toilet paper will not save you. Shocking, I know.
If you look at the official government website about how to deal with the virus, you will also amazingly not find toilet paper hoarding on the to-do list.
There are real fears across the nation about what the virus scare really means. I get that there are some valid fears about quarantines and not having access to basic needs. But, please stop the toilet paper madness. Please don't make me beg.