Australian legend ‘Benny Bogan’ gives away free toilet paper to the elderly and disabled
- Panic buying sparked by coronavirus has seen supermarkets being stripped bare
- Benny Bogan took matters into his own hands and is donating toilet paper rolls
- He is donating the toilet rolls to the elderly and disabled in Newcastle
An Australian man is doing his bit to help those in need amid the toilet paper shortage caused by coronavirus panic buying.
Newcastle man Benny Bogan has been giving away free toilet paper to the elderly and disabled in his town.
Newcastle man Benny Bogan (pictured) has been giving free toilet rolls to the elderly and disabled in his city as supermarket shelves are stripped bare
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 452
New South Wales: 210
South Australia: 32
Western Australia: 28
Northern Territory: 1
Australian Capital Territory: 2
TOTAL CASES: 452
‘I had the idea after seeing an elderly lady with a walker staring at empty shelves, getting upset,’ he told the Newcastle Herald.
‘That’s the way I was brought up. You help out those around you. It’s the Aussie way’.
Last weekend, he spent hours handing out toilet paper in the Coles car park and he’s been able to help more than 100 houses.
‘Every time an elderly lady or man came out, I’d go up and hand them a roll,’ he said.
Panic buying in recent weeks sparked by the spread of coronavirus in Australia has seen supermarkets stripped of toilet paper, pasta, rice, frozen food as well as tinned and other dried goods.
Supermarkets have been forced to plead with customers to behave and treat staff kindly following scenes of violent and rude behaviour due to lack of product availability.
Scenes have showed customers brawling over the last products on the shelves.
On Monday Woolworths announced it will close supermarkets early this Wednesday so it can restock.
‘We want to slow the panic down,’ Woolworths managing director Claire Peters said.
‘We understand that our customers’ priority is to be prepared, but the vast majority of our food is grown or manufactured in Australia so there is not a concern with supply. What we have is a spike in demand.’
The supermarket also announced plans are underway to increase the supply of toilet paper, which is selling seven weeks’ worth per day.
Woolworths also announced it is suspending online deliveries in Victoria – where it had ‘extraordinary’ demand – to focus on keeping supermarkets stocked.
Supermarkets have had to impose strict purchase limits on customers are shelves are stripped bare in the face of the COVID-19 crisis
Supermarkets have been forced to plead with customers to behave and treat staff kindly following scenes of violent and rude behaviour due to lack of product availability +4
Supermarkets have been forced to plead with customers to behave and treat staff kindly following scenes of violent and rude behaviour due to lack of product availability
Woolworths introduced its own elderly hour which kicked off at 7am on Tuesday.
Huge queues of people were seen waiting to get in and some were disappointed with the lack of choice despite being allowed in early.
At Woolworths in Ryde Looi Wong, 70, said the experience was ‘horrible’ and branded the exercise a ‘PR stunt’.
‘I thought they would stock the shelves especially for this morning but they were empty,’ she said.
‘I wanted to get frozen vegetables, frozen fish and Spray’n’Wipe, but they were all out.
‘It seems like a PR stunt, so I’m now going to Coles to see what their stocks are like.’
Woolworths fresh food director Paul Harker said the initiative had proved very popular on Tuesday morning.
He insists there weren’t food shortages despite reports of widespread of empty shelves.
FOOD AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO STOCKPILE IN A PANDEMIC
Extra prescription medications, asthma relief inhalers
Over-the-counter anti-fever and pain medications
Feminine hygiene products
Family pack of toilet paper
Alcohol-containing hand rub
Household cleaning agents and soap
Tissues, paper towel
Cereals, grains, beans, lentils, pasta
Tinned food – fish, vegetables, fruit
Oil, spices and flavours
Dried fruit and nuts
Ultra-heat treated or powdered milk
Soft drink or candy/chocolate for treats
Pet food and care
Source: Virology Down Under by University of Queensland virologists Dr Ian Mackay and Dr Katherine Arden
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