Absurd American behavior. Panic buying. Toilet paper will save you.

The San Francisco Chronicle  editorial flushes out the absurd rush to the marketplace by Americans. All too typical behavior in a populace wedded to Fox News.

The lines at the local supermarkets boggle the mind. You would think the end of the world is close at hand. If that’s the case, what’s the need to gorge yourself on products you will never need?

San Francisco Chronicle – Marshall Kilduff – 3.14.2020

Got you covered on toilet paper

Loading up on masks and hand sanitizer maybe makes sense. But what about carting off giant bricks of toilet paper? The coronavirus outbreak is a glimpse into the giddy behavior that surfaces when we all slightly lose our minds.

The facts don’t apply here. There’s no shortage of tissue. Big box stores have plenty of the rolls stacked ceiling high. The virus doesn’t, umm, lead to more direct use. Still, it’s among the first things to go out the door when shoppers think like zombie-chased survivalists.


Photo – Lee Heidhues at Trader Joe’s 3.13.2020

Maybe the endless advice to wash hands and stand several paces away from people isn’t enough. We all want something to clutch and save. California’s typical disasters like earthquakes or wildfires come too quickly for a Walmart run. Now there’s a chance to prep for Armageddon. Except this is a medical challenge that calls for common sense, not an unhinged retail impulse. A six-month supply heaped in the garage is a comforting sight until reality sets in. It’s just toilet paper.