There were no toilet rolls on the shelves at the Mercato Woolworths store in Byron Bay about 1.30pm on Thursday.
There were no toilet rolls on the shelves at the Mercato Woolworths store in Byron Bay about 1.30pm on Thursday.

Bare shelves: North Coast stores stripped of essentials

UPDATE: 3.31pm

WOOLWORTHS has apologised to customers for shortages of some essential items.

The chain's Byron Bay store was stripped of toilet paper today, while the nearby Aldi was in the same boat.

"We've seen a sharp increase in demand for long-life pantry items and household staples in recent days, which has led to partial stock shortages across some of our stores," a Woolworths spokesperson said. 

"We're continuing to work closely with our suppliers to ramp up deliveries and production to maintain stock availability for our customers.

"Our teams are working round-the-clock to replenish our stores with key essentials.

"The vast majority of the products in our range remain available for our customers as normal.

"We apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused by temporary stock shortages and thank them for their patience."

Woolworths implemented a four-pack limit on toilet paper sales from yesterday. 

In an earlier statement, the company said this limit would "help shore up stock levels as suppliers ramp up local production and deliveries in response to higher than usual demand".

Initial report:

IF YOU forgot to grab toilet paper last time you were at the shops, you might be in a pickle.

Toilet paper at Byron Bay's ALDI store and Woolworths in the Mercato shopping centre were spotted completely bare this afternoon.

There were paper towels available at Aldi in Byron Bay shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday afternoon, but not a single roll of toilet paper in sight.
There were paper towels available at Aldi in Byron Bay shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday afternoon, but not a single roll of toilet paper in sight.

As of about 1.30pm, not a single packet of the essential item could be seen in either store.

At Woolworths, customer notices on the bare shelves explained they were "experiencing some product shortages" as a result of "higher than usual demand".

The bulk-buying has come amid reports of people across the country buying up large amounts of toilet paper, hand sanitiser and other essentials due to fears of a possible coronavirus pandemic.
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There were no toilet rolls in sight, but this customer notice is on display at Woolworths in Byron Bay. A similar sign is at the nearby Aldi.
There were no toilet rolls in sight, but this customer notice is on display at Woolworths in Byron Bay. A similar sign is at the nearby Aldi.

"In order to support as many customers as possible, we have applied a limit of four packs of toilet paper per transaction," the notice read.

"We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience."

A similar notice was on display in Aldi, noting restrictions on bulk purchases.

Some residents have been taking to social media urging people not to bulk-buy and stressing those living week-to-week could be left in the lurch if essentials are hoarded by those with the means to buy in bulk.

One person suggested Byron either has "a huge amount of morons" or has "finally reached saturation point with the amount of a***holes here".

Meanwhile, Kleenex has posted to social media an image featuring a warehouse worker in front of a mountain of loo paper.

The brand was urging Australians not to panic.

"We are working around the clock at our mill in South Australia to keep the supermarket shelves stocked with Kleenex Complete Clean toiler paper," the post read.

"As you can see we won't be running out anytime soon."

At the time of publication, the post had been shared 61,000 times.

 

A Facebook post by Kleenex which had received 61,000 shares as of 2.20pm on Thursday.
A Facebook post by Kleenex which had received 61,000 shares as of 2.20pm on Thursday.

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