Quantcast

The Real Reason Stores Are Out Of Toilet Paper

“You will survive without our assistance.” – 9-1-1 operators to citizens reporting that they are out of toilet paper  

Out of t.p.? 9-1-1 says you’re crap-out-of-luck

Cops beg people to stop calling 9-1-1 when they run out of toilet paper 

Mar 20, 2020

phys.org – Times of crisis can bring out the best in people.

It can also reveal the strangest parts of human nature.

While restaurants in six states are offering free toilet paper to those in need in response to the barren toilet paper shelves in many local grocery stores, USA Today reports that a police department in Newport, Oregon, issued an urgent request for residents to stop calling 911 when they run out of toilet paper.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

“You will survive without our assistance,” the department stated.

Meanwhile, as the New York Times reports young people are continuing to travel despite restrictions and state and local governments are closing businesses to prevent people from congregating in public, groups of older adults, including an enclave of retirees in Florida and the parents of one New Yorker writer, are largely resisting the very social distancing behaviors that may protect their health.

Why?

“This outbreak is a classic example of a social dilemma,” says Stephen Drigotas, a teaching professor and co-director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins.

He is an expert in social psychology, and he says he’ll likely draw from these news reports for material to include in his introductory course.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

In the case of people panicking about toilet paper shortages, there are two phenomena in play, Drigotas explains.

First, panic buying during a pandemic is a classic example of a social dilemma: an inherent conflict between a person’s individual self-interest and the good of the group as a whole.

In this case, stockpiling goods is an example of the commons dilemma, which is based on 19th-century accounts of farmers who overgrazed public land set aside for their use by the government. Farmers could bring as much livestock to graze as they wanted, but many farmers came too often or with too many animals, and soon the land was stripped, requiring a season of no grazing in order to regrow and replenish. Read more. 

ALSO ON HEADLINE HEALTH TODAY: Top 10 Rape Excuses from Harvey Weinstein | Sean Payton, Kevin Durant Have COVID-19 | US Cattlemen Urge Americans: Buy More Beef

- Advertisement -

TRENDING

Game-Changing Covid Treatment Pill May Be Just Months Away

At least three promising antivirals for covid are being tested in clinical trials, with results expected as soon as late fall or winter.

U.S. Is Discarding Millions Of Doses Of Unwanted Vaccines

The federal government is working with Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to reduce the number of doses per vial, amid growing concerns about wasted vaccines.

Pop Star Makes Stunning Discovery: ‘People Are Scared Of Big Boobs’

“I lost 100,000 followers, just because of the boobs. People are scared of big boobs.”

Vaccinated People Are ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread Covid: True?

The Atlantic – For many fully vaccinated Americans, the Delta surge spoiled what should’ve been a glorious summer. Those who had cast their masks aside...

Biden Admin. Awards $150K To Florida District That Resisted DeSantis

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said on Thursday that it was reimbursing a Florida school district that lost state money for imposing a mask...

Ivermectin: What The Evidence Says

Daily Briefing, September 21, 2021 ADVISORY BOARD – Ivermectin is an anti-parasite drug discovered in 1975. It was initially introduced as a drug for livestock,...

CDC Backs COVID Booster For Millions

AP – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a...

Doctors Charged In Massive Fraud Including False Covid Claims

NBC NEWS – The Department of Justice has announced criminal charges against 42 medical professionals, including 23 doctors, and nearly 100 other people for...

Middle-School Mom Rips School Board Over Anal Sex Reference

FOX NEWS – A Texas school district has removed a book from schools after an irate mother read aloud an excerpt about anal sex...

State Cops Sue Governor To Block Vaccine Mandate

FOX NEWS – The union that represents about 1,800 Massachusetts State Police troopers went before a judge Wednesday asking for a delay in the...
- Advertisement -