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(Boston.com)   Here's the psychology behind why people panic buy toilet paper. It has something to do with "zero risk bias". Also it's nice to have toilet paper   (boston.com) divider line
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2020-03-14 2:04:11 PM  
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2020-03-14 2:42:54 PM  
CRETINS!

Cultured folk skip the paper and wash their anal cavity with soap and water
 
2020-03-14 4:52:28 PM  
Has no effect on me.  I have a bidet, go through one roll every 6 months... maybe longer.
 
2020-03-14 4:53:28 PM  

cman: CRETINS!

Cultured folk skip the paper and wash their anal cavity with soap and water


Everclear enema. It's the only way to be sure
 
2020-03-14 4:55:42 PM  
I spent six and a half hours trying to find TP for a single mom with a sick baby today. I finally just went to my office and took it from the bathrooms.

Amazon has about a 30% markup right now and it's out of stock until next week.

People are farking crazy.
 
2020-03-14 5:02:31 PM  
If you run out of food you won't need  the TP anyway, ya morons.
 
2020-03-14 5:04:07 PM  
Quilted Northern Rustic Weave | Artisanal Toilet Paper
Youtube vRlBtabKRFM
 
2020-03-14 5:32:06 PM  
We were in Orlando this past week on vacation and couldn't find aloe Vera for my daughter who got sunburned fairly badly.  We found out people are making their own hand sanitizer with aloe vera and rubbing alcohol.
 
2020-03-14 5:43:24 PM  

likefunbutnot: I spent six and a half hours trying to find TP for a single mom with a sick baby today. I finally just went to my office and took it from the bathrooms.

Amazon has about a 30% markup right now and it's out of stock until next week.

People are farking crazy.


You sound like a good person. I hope your coworkers don't find out who's responsible for them having to wipe themselves with seat cover paper, though.

I suspect we'll get through this freakout fairly quickly. I read an account once about how a psychiatric hospital treated a woman whose mental illness caused her to steal and horde towels. When reasoning didn't work, over the course of days they started bringing her more and more and more towels. Pretty soon she could barely move in her room because they were everywhere. She finally started yelling at them to stop and began throwing towels into the hall, and that aspect of her illness ended.

The toilet paper shortage makes me think of that story: at some point people will figure out they've got enough. In fact, way the hell more than enough, an inconvenient amount, and they'll stop. Our economic engine just has to do what it does anyway: produce more and more in response to the demand.
 
2020-03-14 5:54:21 PM  

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Very soft and absorbent. Granted, they won't flush but you will enjoy extra satisfaction from burning them after use.
 
2020-03-14 5:58:10 PM  
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals, and you know it!"
 
2020-03-14 6:13:03 PM  
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this is the paper goods section at my local Albertsons this morning. I was at Ralph's and it was the same. Vons, Costco, Sam's Club, Rite aid all the same. This is in Arcadia California. Meanwhile at all the mentioned stores, canned goods were almost full. It is completely insane.
 
2020-03-14 6:15:15 PM  
I'm REALLY glad I bought (a perfectly normal amount of) toilet paper last month.  If I had run out this week, I'd have to shower everytime I took a crap!
 
2020-03-14 6:16:03 PM  
The risk you can eliminate is having to return to the store during the peak of the outbreak. If you can skip the grocery store for a month you greatly reduce exposure chances. Plus if you do catch it, you can keep it at home.
 
2020-03-14 6:28:45 PM  

the_cnidarian: The risk you can eliminate is having to return to the store during the peak of the outbreak. If you can skip the grocery store for a month you greatly reduce exposure chances. Plus if you do catch it, you can keep it at home.


And you'll have toilet paper for company, to boot!
 
2020-03-14 6:40:35 PM  

cretinbob: [i.pinimg.com image 850x637]


There's a very good reason these are always dark, patterned fabrics.
 
2020-03-14 7:33:45 PM  
It's the same reason why people incessantly press the elevator call button when the elevator is slow to arrive; it lets them feel like they're doing something when they can't do anything to change the current situation.
 
2020-03-14 7:51:44 PM  
I just wanted a bottle of hand sanitizer because I am actually out of hand sanitizer from normal use.

You see, this is why I avoid people. They are selfish and awful and dumb and annoying.
 
2020-03-14 8:49:12 PM  
Seen a few oddities while braving the pettish of the supermarkets this weekend.

1.   While TP was completely out at all the big box stores the smaller grocery stores were still well stock, and not just the crappy stuff either, however these smaller stores were still cleaned out of cleaning supplies and certain types of foods meaning people were still buying in bulk at those places, just not TP.

2.   A lot of name-brand items of foods were out but store brands only had marginal dents in them so I guess people are still being snobs even in the face of a pandemic.

3.  Chocolate Chex.   My daughter loves them, gone everywhere, but that's not the weird thing, it was only Chocolate Chex, they still have plenty of normal Chex available as well as cereal in general.

4.  Despite calls for social distancing it seem to be "bring your entire family to panic shopping day"

5.   Old people...old people everywhere.   Not sure if they just didn't get the memo or these poor people just didn't have anybody who could shop for them.
 
2020-03-14 9:04:02 PM  

Befuddled: It's the same reason why people incessantly press the elevator call button when the elevator is slow to arrive; it lets them feel like they're doing something when they can't do anything to change the current situation.


Side note: cross walk signals are rarely if ever hooked up to anything.
 
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2020-03-14 9:49:31 PM  
At our local Costco, in Thursday, they had such a crowd at opening, they ran out of shopping carts. People were fighting over toilet paper. The police had to break it up. It's like it is Black Friday amd instead of fighting over cheap tvs, it's for tp. We went there yesterday after work. Was pretty busy, more luke a normal Saturday crowd. They had plenty of tp. They had workers stationed back there and only allowed 1 package per account. They were out of chicken, hamburger, and pork shoulder. Running low on ribs, down to just 1% milk.

We were pretty much able to get what we went there to get. Yes, we did get a giant pack of tp. Probably have 6-8 week supply if not more. If civilization breaks down, it will be the new currency.
 
2020-03-14 9:56:50 PM  
1) If you can buy food, you can buy toilet paper.
2) If you are living on people (National Guard) bringing you food, they will also bring toilet paper.
3)  If you are really stupid and must be totally sure you will not run into any problems with pooping - due to a disease that affects your throat and lungs ... BUY A BIDET YOU IDIOT.

You can get them for $50 or less.

https://www.amazon.com/Non-Electric-C​l​eaning-Nozzle-Frontal-Feminine/dp/B07X​CCWYXB/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=toilet+bide​t&qid=1584237282&refinements=p_36%3A12​53529011&rnid=1243644011&s=hi&sr=1-1


The idea that you need to hoard toilet paper is that of a panicked fool.  You can buy it in packaging that last 2 months WITHOUT hoarding it.
 
2020-03-14 10:13:51 PM  

nursetim: We were in Orlando this past week on vacation and couldn't find aloe Vera for my daughter who got sunburned fairly badly.  We found out people are making their own hand sanitizer with aloe vera and rubbing alcohol.


Or as we called it in college, a Sanitini
 
2020-03-14 10:53:36 PM  

paulleah: nursetim: We were in Orlando this past week on vacation and couldn't find aloe Vera for my daughter who got sunburned fairly badly.  We found out people are making their own hand sanitizer with aloe vera and rubbing alcohol.

Or as we called it in college, a Sanitini


Semprini?

Monty Python Semprini Sketch
Youtube CfU6bmKsoko
 
2020-03-14 11:26:19 PM  
The secondary effect is the smartasses who picked up paper towels instead and thought they were clever are gonna cause a serious plumbers bill in short order.
 
2020-03-15 12:58:37 AM  

likefunbutnot: I spent six and a half hours trying to find TP for a single mom with a sick baby today. I finally just went to my office and took it from the bathrooms.

Amazon has about a 30% markup right now and it's out of stock until next week.

People are farking crazy.


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2020-03-15 1:32:18 AM  

Puglio: I just wanted a bottle of hand sanitizer because I am actually out of hand sanitizer from normal use.

You see, this is why I avoid people. They are selfish and awful and dumb and annoying.


And if you need a dust mask for concrete cuts or a respirator for working with fumes you're just shiat out of luck. Hell, I can't even get cartridges to replace the old ones I have. Guess I'll have to start wearing the NBC mask I managed to keep (along with a fresh sealed in can filter) when I left the Army.
Hell, may as well start wearing it to the store, bound to be much more effective than the bandanna I swear I guy wearing around his face today.
 
2020-03-15 1:37:06 AM  
I went to home depot to get air filters for my house A/C, since I just used my last one. An employee says "I don't think that will protect you from the virus." No shiat. It will protect my air handler from getting gunked up with pollen, dust, and dog hair though. What, did he think I was gonna tape it to my face?
 
2020-03-15 10:38:37 AM  
They call it mountain money for a reason.
 
2020-03-15 4:26:42 PM  
 
2020-03-16 3:54:13 AM  
Americans are morons (and cowards). Is that psychological analysis good enough for you?
 
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