Tradies Stumble Upon Massive Mountain Of Toilet Paper In Sydney
A crew of tradies have stumbled upon a massive mountain of toilet paper in Sydney's south west.
The pile turned out to be surplus stock a business owner was struggling to store - but the men can be seen in the video taking packs without paying for them and encouraging others to do the same.
Australia was one of the worst nations in the world when it came to stockpiling and hoarding as the coronavirus pandemic was kicking off.
Supermarkets had to enforce restrictions to prevent people from taking more than they needed. Thankfully, the panic buying died down and everything seemingly went back to normal at the supermarkets.
However, it seems like one local store in New South Wales was convinced the stockpiling would continue.
Elie Abousleiman and two of his colleagues had just finished a job in Macquarie Fields when they saw a humungous mountain of toilet paper still in its packets.
They immediately suspected that someone had bought loads during the first wave of panic buying and had struggled to sell it. But it turns out that it's a store owner who was trying to find a place to store her excess stock.
Celia Deng, 47, imported the huge 48-packs of loo roll from China to supply her two convenience stores. She ordered the shipment two months ago to address the shortage caused by the pandemic.
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She's told Daily Mail Australia that she's not trying to make a massive profit and is simply trying to help the people in her community by ensuring she isn't out of supply.
She said: "The profit margins on toilet paper are small. From a $10,000 container, I make a profit of about $500 - so only five per cent.
"Normal profit margins can be between 10 to 30 per cent - you can't make money on toilet paper. I'm selling a 48 pack for $22 - or $1.99 for a four pack - I just want to help people at the most difficult of times."
While the sentiment is nice, Mr Abousleiman has taken issue with the excess supply sitting on public land.
He didn't help his case when his Facebook Live video showed his mates picking up the toilet paper packs and walking off without paying for them.
The concreter says Ms Deng needs to find a proper place to store them.
"I was going to put what I saw on Facebook Live anyway because everyone is fighting for toilet paper at the moment. I was speechless at such a mountain of toilet paper," he told Daily Mail Australia.
"I was just so surprised to see it. If it's her property then I suppose it's her business but it was on public land for all to see.
"I told her we'd help her to move all of it for $500 but she said that was too much."
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