Mum lashed for selling 378 toilet rolls
A Queensland woman has taken to Facebook to try to offload 378 rolls of toilet paper she panic bought - but it doesn't look like she will have any takers anytime soon.
It comes as a South Australian man reportedly panic bought thousands of toilet rolls and later attempted to sell them back to supermarkets after being barred from selling online.
In a post on Facebook that has since been deleted, the woman from Morayfield near Brisbane said she was selling "excess toilit (sic) paper that I no longer need".
The mum was selling 21 Quilton packets of 18 rolls - which normally retail for under $10 each - for a whopping $20 a pack, adding that the price was "FIRM!"
Defending her decision to resell her excess toilet paper, the woman said: "Don't attack me for making sure my family was prepared for the pandanemic!! (sic)."
A screenshot of the woman's Facebook post was later shared on Reddit, where users accused her of being an "opportunist" and buying a "crazy amount" in the first place.
In March, news of a coronavirus pandemic being declared triggered mass panic buying in supermarkets.
Shoppers stripped shelves of essential items such as rice and pasta but bizarrely toilet paper proved the most popular, forcing Coles, Woolies and Aldi to introduce limits of just one packet per customer.
However, some who bought up big on toilet paper appeared to take advantage of the crisis by making a profit from store shortages.
John-Paul Drake, an executive with South Australian supermarket chain Drakes, claimed a man tried to return nearly 5000 rolls of toilet paper and 150 bottles of hand sanitiser.
"I had my first customer yesterday who said he wanted to get a refund on 150 packets of 32-pack toilet paper and 150 units of one-litre sanitiser," Mr Drake said in a video posted to YouTube earlier this month.
According to Mr Drake, the man had tried to get the refund after being unable to sell the items on eBay.
But Mr Drake wasn't forthcoming to his request, showing his middle finger and saying that was his reply to the customer's refund demand.
"I told him that, that is the sort of person who is causing the problem in the whole country," Mr Drake said.
ONLINE SELLERS BAN IN-DEMAND ITEMS
In response to fears people could be taking advantage of shortages, eBay has restricted the sale of face masks, hand sanitiser, toilet paper and baby formula to "select business sellers", a spokeswoman told news.com.au.
Gumtree has temporarily banned the selling of masks, hand sanitiser, disinfecting wipes and toilet paper to prevent price gouging.
Facebook has also banned the sale of hand sanitiser, wipes and coronavirus test kits.
Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has vowed to crack down on "supermarket gangs" who take advantage of the toilet paper shortage.
"I think they're sending some of the product overseas or selling it in a black market arrangement," he said.
Originally published as Mum lashed for selling 378 toilet rolls