Listen Now: The Toilet Paper Thieves of Hong Kong
Police in Hong Kong are working to stop a crime ring that is getting a little too personal.
As the fear of coronavirus spreads worldwide, people in some countries have begun panic-buying some products. In Hong Kong, one of those products is toilet paper. Unfortunately, the urge to stock up has made toilet paper a hot commodity.
Recently police say a truck driver was held up and all his rolls ripped off. Police say a number of the missing rolls were recovered and two people arrested on the scene, but it’s not clear if they were responsible. The shelf price of the toilet paper was about one hundred and thirty dollars. But people in desperate need might drive up the price on the nearest street corner.
Now police are keeping a close eye on toilet paper with surveillance footage showing officers standing guard. People who live in the area say if they were going to take up a life of crime, they would steal face masks instead of toilet paper.
Especially since it’s a lot easier to find a replacement for the TP.
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