I have a question

This might be considered a provocative question, but it’s been triggered by a comment I made on another blog and I’ve been thinking about it all afternoon.

You can laugh if you like (I don’t mind), but with the shortage of toilet rolls and restrictions on purchases, has anyone thought as to how much loo roll we actually use?
I said in my comment we’d got through about 400 sheets in the past week, which is 2 rolls.
Well that’s not strictly true, because the second roll I put on the holder this week is still more than half thick.
Hold on though, I am not asking the personal details of how many squares per ‘go’, though according to some manufacturers they recommend three or four.
So, there are two of us in our household, and we are pretty healthy and regular in the loo department. The brand we buy, when we can get it, has 210 sheets per roll. At the recommended three squares, that’s 70 ‘goes’, so that’s 10 a day over the week, and thus 5 visits each. Breaking it down like that, they obviously thought about the sums for roll size.

Why then were people buying 4 or 5 multipacks of 12, 16, 18 or 24 when one or two rolls could last them about a week? Unless of course their dietary systems are so shot to hell they spend more time on the toilet than anywhere else.

Just a thought.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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40 Responses to I have a question

  1. pendantry says:

    WTG to turn a nonsense into something to grin about 🙂

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    It’s interesting Di. What you’ve done in this post, is apply logic. People who are panic buying and hoarding toilet rolls are not reacting or behaving in a logical, rational way. They are being ruled by their emotions — the fear of running out. It’s the same reason people are buying more food and water and cleaning supplies etc than they need. It is completely irrational.

    • I was once told that my strengths were being logical, methodical and reliable. Heaven forbid we will ever have to ration loo rolls to the extent in my post.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        If more people would think the way you do we wouldn’t have to worry about running out.

      • Thanks Fransi. You having a good day today? We’ve managed to get out twice with the dog today, our second in the park trying to avoid the geese as they are all coming back to breed. More geese than people there today.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        So far so good, thanks. Have been on a conference call with a client all morning, which went well so I am pleased. Happy you’ve managed 2 walks. Bet Maggie is happy. Geese are safer than people right now, they can’t spread the virus.

      • They will also fit in the cooker………………….

      • fransiweinstein says:

        LOL!! They will indeed! My mother used to cook a fine goose, it was yummy.

      • I’ve only ever had it once and it was a bit on the greasy side, however, I’m sure I can get round that……………..

      • fransiweinstein says:

        You can. As I recall my mother used to cook it in a low oven for a very long time and she constantly removed the fat. Potatoes cooked in that fat are delicious but definitely not healthy and I’m sure your hubby’s reflux wouldn’t be too happy. My mother used to stuff the goose with dried fruit she had steeped in madeira wine. She made it once or twice a year.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        It was really good. Definitely a bit on the laborious side, but worth the effort. Have tried to find her recipe, so I could make it one year for Christmas but it is nowhere to be found.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        It is, there are a few of her recipes I can’t find.

  3. Sadje says:

    It’s the fear of running short that started this. And now a lot of people have joined in.

  4. quiall says:

    Ha ha ha ha Too much time on your hands!

  5. cagedunn says:

    In a previous life/job, I worked as a cleaner to a large corporation. The worst job, always assigned to the newbie, was the ladies toilets.
    Every day, one toilet would be clogged. One person would use dozens, hundreds of squares for one sitting. She even admitted to it, said everyone did it.
    That scares me. Where do people learn to do this?

  6. Paula Light says:

    I don’t know. I’m thinking they have many more people per household including wasteful children. People also get in this weird mindset of needing to buy what other people are buying. It happened to me. A store was limiting water packs to 4, and they weren’t even on my list, but I thought well… I’d best buy 4 then!

    • We had a similar instance with baked beans and tinned pineapple. We used to buy for the month and people saw a full tray of the latter in our trolley and a dozen tins of baked beans. By the time we;d got to the end of the aisle, both shelves were stripped!

  7. willowdot21 says:

    Lol I do use more than average as I have a stomach problem.🥴😖🙄 Even so we have not stockpiled..the mind boggles …….. Or is that the mind Bogrolls 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣💜

  8. Pingback: FOROOTP(Fear Of Running Out Of Toilet Paper)!! – Paperkutzs

  9. joem18b says:

    lots of graduate theses currently being written on this subject.

  10. We have way more than we need right now (hubby panicked shopped along with everyone else). I figure I’ll set up a stand on the sidewalk in front of the house, similar to a lemonade stand but selling TP. Bet I’d make a fortune! But if not, at least TP doesn’t have an expiration date, and I may never have to buy it again. One less expense in the future.

    • Forward planning. When thing finally settle down a bit ( IMO 4 – 6 months) hopefully my shopping bill will be less as we will have anything left over from our supplies to use before they ‘expire’.
      Keep safe

  11. willowdot21 says:

    I couldn’t possibly say for fear of being in-contaminated 😖

  12. Pingback: Something On Their Minds | sparksfromacombustiblemind

  13. Oh my heck! This was HILARIOUS!! 😆 Somehow “Reader” overlooked this post and I found it quite by accident (from reading Paperkutz’ original). Here’s my thoughts: http://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/03/30/something-on-their-minds/

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