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Costco Just Told Hoarders What They Can
Do With All Their Excess Toilet Paper

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Posted By: ladydawgfan, 3/26/2020 2:05:32 AM

For days and days it looked like Black Friday at Costco. Or, as the Instagram account "CostcoBuys" put it, "Panic at the Costco." Well put. [Tweet] Yes, well. Customers lined up around stores to buy things they most certainly did not want to run out of in the case they'd be under quarantine for days on end. They looked in vain for toilet paper: [tweet] And the rolled gold was increasing in value in the eyes of the hoarders. As a joke, this toilet paper roll was put in the fine jewelry section of Costco with a $200 price tag. [Tweet]


Good for Costco!! Look for other retailers to follow suit!! Hoarders suck!!

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Butch 3/26/2020 2:19:00 AM (No. 358235)
The hoarders and their toilet paper deserve each other.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 3/26/2020 2:58:06 AM (No. 358248)
The dumbest hoarding EVER.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Highlander 3/26/2020 6:25:12 AM (No. 358279)
I never understood the hoarding of t.p; only if there was a diarrhea epidemic. This is an example of lemming behavior. Fear of not having it causes otherwise sane people to buy up as much as possible. More like squirrels and nuts.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DCGIRL 3/26/2020 6:30:47 AM (No. 358282)
I'm so glad. Tip: Don't buy stock in paper products for sometime.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: buckeye1 3/26/2020 6:32:24 AM (No. 358283)
It's good business sense to not accept returns on these items but this is not the first time this happened. Remember Y2K and the wholesale panic that the sky was falling over a perceived catastrophe?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Ozwestie 3/26/2020 6:42:02 AM (No. 358290)
Our supermarkets here in Australia posted similar notices about two weeks ago.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Heraclitus 3/26/2020 6:43:42 AM (No. 358292)
TP hoarders are full of **bleep** In a grocery store I shopped at on Monday, the entire stock of paper supplies, that is, napkins, paper towels, Kleenex, wipes, every last bit was gone. Empty. (no eggs, either) Our town website issued a plea to not flush anything but bodily waste and tp. no paper, no anything else other than tp. Sewer and septic systems are clogging up. Plumbers are cleaning up... Crises do not bring out only the best. They bring out what is in an individual's heart.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 3/26/2020 7:57:58 AM (No. 358346)
My wife and I started buying TP and sanitary products a month ago. We aren't hoarders and did our shopping at multiple locations including on-line. We also bought a ton of cat food because I am not going take my 3 beautiful loving Ragdoll cats out back and shoot them because we are out of food. We are set and only need occasional trips to the store...and our store opens at 7:00-8:00 AM for anyone older than 65 to shop. The entire store has been sanitized overnight. What a great place!!! Feeling good in Hennipen County, MN where we only have 111 cases in a county that includes downtown Minneapolis...
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Reply 9 - Posted by: gone2pot 3/26/2020 8:03:35 AM (No. 358354)
Toilet Paper!!???? Oh, damn it, I thought we were supposed to hoard tulip bulbs so I bought those by mistake.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: hurricanegirl 3/26/2020 8:03:52 AM (No. 358355)
Costco just told hoarders what they can do with their toilet paper: "Wipe your butt." The great thing about tp is that eventually you'll need it. And it's not like it will spoil.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: chumley 3/26/2020 8:12:20 AM (No. 358365)
Apparently some have never had to do without. I've lived in countries where basic items were not always available. When they do show up on the shelves, you buy all you can to get you through the next shortage. By all means ban returns. You bought it, its yours. At the same time I will not condemn people for taking care of and making provisions for their families. Stand around waiting for big daddy government and charity if you want. I'm taking care of mine.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: planetgeo 3/26/2020 8:30:39 AM (No. 358385)
Actually, I suggest that in dead of night everyone TP our Capitol and blue Statehouses. Those azzholes are going to need it when they see all the torches and pitchforks coming their way.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: 4Justice 3/26/2020 8:38:06 AM (No. 358395)
I ALWAYS thought it was ridiculous that people were acting this way. Now they are looking to mock Trump supporters because of one idiot with a truck full of TP? Anyway, the insanity hasn't slowed down yet. I went to Safeway today and STILL can't get any paper products or disinfectant wipes (which I always have used). For weeks, there hasn't been any when I go to the store. What's frightening is what is going to happen if we really DID have a major disaster?? If people panic like this over a stupid flu, what will they do in a REAL emergency??
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 3/26/2020 8:38:15 AM (No. 358396)
At a Kroger grocery in Denver, we noticed the store had stationed toilet paper police at each end of the tp aisle. These were store employees whose job it was to check your cart to make sure each customer was buying only the one package of tp that was allowed. One-way traffic down the tp aisle. Who would have thought. For the few folks still alive and old enough to remember American life during the depression years of the 1930s, they would not be shocked at today's human behaviors in the grocery stores. Behaviors they haven't seen in 90+ years. Meanwhile, keep a clean bum, folks. tp isn't the only way.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: little guy 3/26/2020 9:08:16 AM (No. 358435)
Ya know, our fairly recent ancestors had to use the Yellow Pages, the Sears/Roebuck catalogue, the soft paper that fruit gets wrapped in and even an old tee-shirt rag --- which was easily "reusable"! Ugh. (Puke.) These hoarders/buyers are not just "Preppers" or end-of-days believers but as someone else noted above, many of them are recent arrivals here (both legal and not so legal) from foreign lands. They are used to their mercados and "supermarkets" running out of everything and hoarding was a way of life --- and barter. The black market in their old countries consisted of trading your hoarded goods for services and items you didn't have but needed. Hey --- I'll give you a roll of TP for 2 dozen eggs! And then, of course, there are always the vile serpents who sell 50 cent batteries for $20 just before the hurricane hits. May they end up in the 8th circle of Hell .
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Reply 16 - Posted by: mobyclik 3/26/2020 9:25:51 AM (No. 358447)
It wasn't that many years ago, here in Florida, that every time there was a hurricane scare by the media that people would run to Home Depot or Lowes and buy generators. After it was over, these people would run back to the stores and return the generators, used them or not. Stores finally caught on and did the same as Costco. ''You bought it, it's yours.''
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Reply 17 - Posted by: udanja99 3/26/2020 9:27:58 AM (No. 358450)
Back during the 0bama reign of error, I bought a year’s worth of dehydrated meals and 6 months worth of dried fruit because I feared that Smidgen would intentionally tank the economy. Hubby thought I was nuts. It has a 25 year shelf life, we still have it and now I’m not looking so crazy any more. We’ve also always kept several months worth of TP and PT’s - it’s a habit we developed thanks to not only Smidgen, but to having lived for 3 years behind the Iron Curtain in Ceaucescu’s Romania.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: bighambone 3/26/2020 9:44:01 AM (No. 358465)
Whenever the scare recedes, many people will have a three year supply of toilet paper at home, with the stores being loaded with toilet paper that will be a very slow selling item for a longtime, just think, there might even be toilet paper sales!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: kono 3/26/2020 9:48:04 AM (No. 358470)
Actually, Costco didn't just tell hoarders what they can do with all their excess toilet paper. It just told them they can't return it. This article trawled twitter to get a few memes making fun of the hoarders. Dumbass click bait.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: stablemoney 3/26/2020 9:56:24 AM (No. 358479)
Every time I have gone to the stores they have already sold out, so how can most people hoard?
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Reply 21 - Posted by: bigfatslob 3/26/2020 10:02:39 AM (No. 358493)
Stores didn't recognize the rush of hoarders that were about to invade them but rationing would have been better for all if it would have been addressed sooner. It's being done now but too late the hoarders got it all. A country boy will survive just keep the liquor department well stocked and I'm just fine.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: fayebeck 3/26/2020 10:08:05 AM (No. 358498)
The only thing I am learning from this "crisis" is "it's all ME". BTW, #8 I just love your Charmin story. Just warms my heart.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 3/26/2020 10:45:50 AM (No. 358534)
Where I live, I can get snowed in for a while, so we always have a stash of food and essentials (including cat food and litter). We're only having to venture out for milk, eggs, and stuff you can't really stockpile. The last time we ventured out, I told my husband, "we're not coming back until this madness is over. We'll do without." People were running around the store in a blind panic and the shelves were mostly stripped. Why go through the hassle, if you can't find what you need?
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Strike3 3/26/2020 10:50:28 AM (No. 358539)
To be fair, people were reacting to some of the ridiculous actions of their local dictators and were left wondering after Interstate highway rest areas, parks, beaches and churches were closed down, what would be the next to close? Grocery stores were high on that list. Restaurants were closed down completely when customers could have been seated at every third table or have been served in shifts. A complete closure was not always necessary. A local gym that had over fifty pieces of equipment was often only occupied by two or three who could have used their own hand sanitizer at each station. High school outdoor track practice was forbidden. Overreaction spawns overreaction. Panic is contagious.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Bazi 3/26/2020 11:58:38 AM (No. 358628)
We went to the early morning senior shopping hour today in Sterling ,Virginia. It was a very pleasant experience. First, they sanitize the cart for you. All the employees were smiling and very friendly. Everything was very orderly. Social distancing was encouraged with signs. The cashiers had plexiglass shields. And ...there were no paper goods. But we got everything we wanted. Senior hours: 8am -9 am Tuesdays & Thursdays. I pray this is over sooner rather than later. I also pray that we get our manufacturing out of China ASAP...especially all of our medicines and medical supplies. KAG!! POTUS Trump 2020!!
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Reply 26 - Posted by: shredmaster 3/26/2020 12:13:05 PM (No. 358648)
I couldn't care less about the TP; my gripe is with the vultures who bought all the chest freezers from Lowes and Menards then buy up all the fresh pre-packaged chicken and hamburger! The only meat I can find at Meijer anymore is high dollar cuts of meat, prok roasts and salmon. A pox on them all.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Chuzzles 3/26/2020 12:28:18 PM (No. 358676)
For those folks who are still fond of mockery, I have noticed in many places that people would rather blame those who look out for their families than the true culprits. That would be the media. Aim your ire at them for a change. They fomented a great percentage of this problem. But for those who bought 20 or 30 of those Costco sized packages of TP, yeah that is hoarding and deserves mocking. But for those of us who buy maybe three or 4 so we don't have to go to Costco more than maybe 3 times a year, we don't listen to the mockery. So don't waste your breath.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: jacksin5 3/26/2020 12:30:24 PM (No. 358681)
Is toilet paper going to become a yard sale staple, or is Halloween going to come early this year?
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Reply 29 - Posted by: earlybird 3/26/2020 12:40:40 PM (No. 358705)
I saw the photos of the lineup at Costco - carts loaded with TP - some had only one large pack of TP. Some more (you can only get so many of those monster packs of tp in a shopping cart). As for those pushing the carts, they looked to be from south of the border. The poster who talks about their bartering is probably right on. And they won’t be bartering full packs. That stuff will be traded a few rolls at a time.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby 3/26/2020 1:26:31 PM (No. 358778)
And people would laugh at me because over the years I have prepped (and stored, not hoard) things like paper towels, food, water and TP. A month ago I had 588 rolls of toilet paper. Our family is self sufficient during this crises. I applaud Costco and other retail in having a no-return policy. But now I can laugh at all of the hoarders. But let's learn from this. You should always have some of the necessities of life stored somewhere. TP, paper towels, sanitizer, dried food and medical. Learn how to make your own bread. Learn to can and ferment vegetables. (It's easy) Wouldn't hurt to write down the things you couldn't get but needed. You have insurance for your car, life, medical and your house. Do you have food, water and TP insurance?
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Reply 31 - Posted by: JediJerry 3/26/2020 1:32:42 PM (No. 358790)
I went to Costco yesterday and stood in line for an hour till they opened. A long line filed through the store leading straight to the toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex and bleach where you were handed one of each if you wanted them. I passed on the bleach but took the rest. You can only take one item. So I am not sure how you can hoard toilet paper. They were running out of TP in about an hour or so after they opened. I am not hoarding it but I know others are. All part of the panic psychosis setting in thanks to NY Governor Cuomoronona and CA Gov Givitup Nutjob.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Periwinkel 3/26/2020 2:05:53 PM (No. 358830)
When I lived on the Maryland side of DC, every time the weathermen predicted snow people would empty the stores of toilet paper, milk and bread. Those shelves would be bereft tp, milk and bread. I always thought if you had a bad snowstorm, you would want all kinds of junk name it, I bought it—as long as it was high in fat calories and very bad for you! Good for Costco
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Reply 33 - Posted by: IdSpud 3/26/2020 4:29:21 PM (No. 358977)
They're hoarding the TP because instead of cryptocurrency it's not craptocurrency
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Reply 34 - Posted by: XCenturion 3/26/2020 5:25:36 PM (No. 359024)
As Confucius say: Ho Li Chit!
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The coronavirus is likely to kill more than 81,000 people in the US over the next four months — but the death toll could be twice that if precautions like social distancing are relaxed too soon, according to an alarming new study. Deaths from the contagion are largely expected to peak in the second week of April — later in states where the spread (Snip) an analysis by the University of Washington School of Medicine forecasts.The final death toll is unlikely to be less than 38,000 nationally and could be as high as 162,000 — with the team predicting the most likely number to be 81,114 deaths.
COVID-19 Deaths So Far:
Where Is the Crisis? (Updated)
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Posted by MissMolly 3/27/2020 5:11:07 AM Post Reply
I have updated this chart a number of times, based on data from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, and will continue to do so. It shows, for one thing, how far COVID-19 has to go before it equals the average seasonal flu mortality, worldwide. If I had to predict, I would guess that it will eventually reach the average level. Will it get to 2x the average number of flu deaths, worldwide? Looking at current trends, I don’t see how that will happen. But time will tell. Likewise in the U.S. You still can’t see the bar for COVID-19,
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