Coronavirus: US man beats mum over toilet paper
London, April 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A California man has been arrested this after allegedly punching his mother — who had apparently hidden the family’s stash of toilet paper because of his excessive use of the hot commodity.
Retailers in the US and Canada have started limiting the number of toilet paper packs customers can buy in one trip. Some supermarkets in the UK are sold out and one Grocery stores in Australia has hired security guards to patrol customers-all over panic buying since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic
Police were called to the family’s home in Saugus, north of Los Angeles, at 3:00 am Monday following a dispute over the whereabouts of the hygiene product, Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, told a local news service.
The argument between Adrian Yan and his mother escalated and he allegedly ended up punching her, Miller said. He is being detained on suspicion of battery, she added.
The mother told deputies that she hid the toilet paper from her 26-year-old son because he used too much of it at a time when the product is in short supply because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Miller said the lockdown imposed across much of the country because of the virus has led to an increase in incidents of family violence.
“It was to be expected, it’s happening everywhere,” she said.
Images of empty shelves and shopping carts piled high with toilet paper and other supplies have inundated news reports and social feeds. © 2020 AFP