Is coronavirus panic buying going to block up our drains?

Mrs Mike tells me about an unfortunate side-effect of the coronavirus epidemic, due entirely – it seems – to stupidity.

The panic-buying of toilet roll that has emptied supermarket shelves has, apparently, forced people to use other items, which they are then flushing down the toilet.

These items include kitchen rolls and wet wipes.

Have these people not realised that those items will block up their drains, causing huge problems?

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  1. Molly Ayton March 13, 2020 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Ohh no s**t

  2. kateuk March 13, 2020 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    There was plenty of toilet paper in Morrisons today, the item I couldn’t get from either Morrisons or Asda was long life milk, which I use because I’ve always used it, I can’t stand “normal” milk. However, why are people stockpiling long life milk? whenever anyone visits our house and are offered tea or coffee with long life milk they pull a face and say “no thanks it’s gross”. So it not many people like it, why are they stockpiling it?
    p.s. the cashier in Morrisons said it was “because of Brexit”!!!!!!

  3. jaynel62 March 13, 2020 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I agree entirely; there was not a loo roll in any of Leicester’s supermarkets yesterday, my friend drove all over the city and was informed that by Tesco; people were queuing every night this week at 11pm to buy after each daily delivery ?!

  4. groovmistress March 13, 2020 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Possibly those forced to use these items don’t realise, but whether they do or not, the root cause of the problem is all the panic buyers who have left the shelves empty in the first place leading to those left without having to use alternatives. I know they do it in Greece (they’re used to it) but trying to stop the habit of a lifetime, i.e.wipe and immediately flush, is difficult for the best of us, let alone trying to persuade the squeamish younger generation of today!

  5. Stu March 13, 2020 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    No need to panic or worry.
    Our Health Minister in charge of patient safety is on the case.
    Vile, Odious Nadine Dorris is leading by example and showing us how it’s done…..

  6. hilary772013 March 13, 2020 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Yes and if their drains do block they will have to pay for it to be unblocked, the stupidity of some know no bounds. Hubby asked in Lidl if they had any toilet rolls & she said “no & didn’t know when they would get stock” she also commented that people were buying the all purpose cloths on a roll as a replacement.

  7. hugosmum70 March 14, 2020 at 2:45 am - Reply

    i have used long life milk for a number of years. this is because i cannot simply go to the shop every day. have no transport of my own, live at top of a hill. so although may be able to walk down it (and even then on bad days i couldnt as i have asthma and COPD and get out of breath in extremes of weather.) to get a taxi just a quarter of a mile down the road, have him wait while i went into the shop would cost me £3 plus waiting time. possibly another 2-3 pounds on top[. i believe they charge 20p a minute or something equally as expensive. i couldnt afford that every day..i do my shopping online from a supermarket. and buy in enough of everything in case i am ill. as a precaution at any time. but i cant overdo the buying in .i have nowhere to stockpile anything. nor do my son or daughter both of whom live in 1 bedroom flats.i live in a 1 bedroomed bungalow. all of these are limited for storage space. and there are thousands more like me n my 2 grown kids. we dont even have space for a bigger freezer ..if we did we could at least buy in extra bread and ordinary milk. you can freeze semi skimmed milk after all.
    but my little cherst freezer is simply not big enough.

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