True, but fearful people stripped American stores of TP weeks ago to hoard it, and I haven't seen any on the shelves in well over a month (supply of some items is more like Venezualan stores than ordinary US markets). Nobody ever accused consumers of being rational. Hand sanitizer and masks are more understandably scarce, but canned soup, boxed pasta, and many other items have had periods of rarity.
Here in France we had one day when a few items vanished off the shelves, there was an announcement to say stop hoarding and the supermarket shelves were re-filled overnight and no problems since. Signs in stores saying "buy only what you need, think of others" and it works. Some items have restrictions, flour I believe is 3 packets per person, hurray ... folks are learning to cook at home .. maybe kids will loose a little of the excess pork that has become a major health issue for this later generation.
My neighbor works at the grocery store where I do most of my shopping. She told me there was a run on dried beans. One woman scooped up the last three bags then proceeded to ask where the liquid for them was. Can't make this shit up.
This reminds me of the joke were the guy in the next toilet stall taps the wall and asks if there's any spare toilet paper, as his stall is completely out. When the answer is no, he asks if there's any newspaper on the floor. "Uhh, no, sorry". Then he asks, "Have you got change for a twenty?"
The news has also reported record sales of guns and ammo (not just TP) and gun stores have been declared an essential business (in my state) that must remain open. Perhaps confusing a respiratory disease with a digestive one isn't the only conceptual error; maybe the COVID-19 pandemic has been confused with The Walking Dead zombie plague, or else people fear they will need more weaponry to protect their TP stash from desperate neighbors with a case of the scoots.
Yep it's working out well for the USA the number of weapons in homes. Especially the super high powered armour piercing automatics and rocket launchers, I can see how this is "personal protection". Some might say it is all rather strange and certainly a bloody great big hammer to crack avery very small nut. (no I didn't me Trump..... but then)
"super high powered armour piercing automatics and rocket launchers".
I know this forum is not the place, but that is a VERY inaccurate picture of weapon ownership here in the US, as most US citizens would know. I just retired from the US Army; I've fired both automatic weapons and rocket launchers (the very term "armor piercing" is completely disingenuous) – those are NOT the kind of things that folks can just buy, and it's certainly not what anyone keeps for personal protection.
I stand corrected on the point of armour piercing shells, my comments were a reply to a previous comment regards weapons on this "humerous" thread which has, as do many,float from one subject to another as may a conversation at a bar. In part, my comment is meant as humerous, but at the same time, has more than a hint of seriousness.
Looking at things from the french point of view, if more of us had bidets, we'd need less toilet paper.
I remember the first night I spent as a guest in someone's Paris apartment. The guest bathroom had a bathtub, a sink, and a bidet... but no toilet. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night having to pee and discovering that the toilet is not in the "salle de bain". Où se trouve le WC? – a good phrase to remember!