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Unbelievable Stampede For Toilet Paper Caught On CCTV In Wake Of Coronavirus Outbreak

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Unbelievable Stampede For Toilet Paper Caught On CCTV In Wake Of Coronavirus Outbreak

A security camera inside an Australian Aldi supermarket has captured an unbelievable stampede for toilet paper in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

The bonkers scene occurred at a supermarket in the Sydney suburb of Guildford and shows a seemingly empty aisle at the start.

As the store opens, people calmly but quickly make a beeline for the toilet paper aisle.

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As the clip comes to an end, there's only a few packed of loo roll left, despite being completely full just a few seconds earlier.

Aldi had to introduce a rule limiting people to one pack of toilet paper each to ensure everyone had access to toilet paper. The video clearly shows people not adhering to the rule.

The low-cost supermarket also had to ditch its campaign to have toilet paper on its Special Buys list.

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A statement released today said: "Due to unexpected demand on certain products over the past week, our Emporia toilet paper and Handee Ultra paper towel Special Buys were made available in stores earlier than the intended on sale date (Wednesday, March 11).

"As a result, these Special Buys will only be available in limited Aldi stores. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

For the past two weeks, shoppers have tried to fill their trollies with as much loo roll as they could. The panic buying was sparked by fears the coronavirus could affect supply and people want to stock up in case they are told to self-isolate for two weeks.

It's led to some horrible scenes playing out at supermarkets across the country.

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While this one in Guildford appears to be mildly under control, the same can't be said for what happened at a Woolworths supermarket on the weekend.

In a clip filmed by an onlooker, which has been posted on Twitter, three women can be heard screaming and shouting at each other before a staff member gets involved at a Woolies in Chullora, west Sydney.

It appears as though one woman took a packet of toilet rolls from the other two women, prompting a fight to break out.

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One woman can be heard saying: "I just want one pack."

However, the second woman, who appears to have a full trolley of toilet rolls, responded: "No, not one pack."

Customers were fighting over toilet roll in a Woolworths in Chullora, west Sydney. Credit: Twitter
Customers were fighting over toilet roll in a Woolworths in Chullora, west Sydney. Credit: Twitter

At this point, a male member of staff approached the women and said: "I need everyone to back off right now. You need to get off this trolley."

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A spokesperson from Woolworths told 7 News: "We can confirm an incident involving customers at our Chullora store in Sydney.

"We will not tolerate violence of any kind from our customers in our stores and we are working with Police who are investigating the matter."

Police in the area confirmed to 7 News they had been called out to the store following reports of a 49-year-old woman being assaulted, but said no arrests had been made.

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

Featured Image Credit: Only In Guildford/Facebook

Topics: News, coronavirus, Australia

Stewart Perrie
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