As the virus began to take hold around the world in March, we all recall the mass stampedes of shoppers grabbing up as much toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and hand soap as they could muster.
Here in the states, one man had acquired over 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, which he was forced to donate.
For one Australian man who sought to profit off his hoarding, karma came back to bite him hard in a different way.
An Australian hoarder was unable to return Â£5,000 worth of goods after he tried to sell them online, including 132â�¦ https://t.co/F08i0gii67— The Telegraph (@The Telegraph)1587022299.0
The Aussie in question tried to take advantage of the impending crisis and purchased 150 units of 32-pack toilet paper, and 150 units of hand sanitizer from Drakes Supermarket. He planned to sell them online at a mark up to make a profit on the $10,000 AUS ($6300 USD) he spent acquiring the product.
However, online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon have cracked down on price gougers trying to sell these necessities during the pandemic, and his plan fell apart. When eBay shut down his account, he called it quits.
When our Australian hoarder reportedly tried to return the toilet paper and sanitizer back to the Drakes Supermarket he bought it from they refused. Normal refund procedures during this time have been suspended for fear that the items could have been contaminated.
Many online felt this was the right thing.
HAHA Shouldnâ��t have been a hoarding f-bag! Man stuck with $10,000 stockpile of toilet paper and hand sanitiser afteâ�¦ https://t.co/1X9BR0ZztQ— ð�¦�ð�¦�Ashley Lee ð�¦�ð�¦� (@ð�¦�ð�¦�Ashley Lee ð�¦�ð�¦�)1587057065.0
*Nelson Muntz voice* Ha ha! https://t.co/2ayyXwxHym— Curses, foiled again ð��´ó �§ó �¢ó �³ó �£ó �´ó �¿ð��° (@Curses, foiled again ð��´ó �§ó �¢ó �³ó �£ó �´ó �¿ð��°)1587040575.0
@Telegraph Hoist by his own petard, such a sad little man; have no pity for him.— â�£ï¸�H.U.N.K.â�£ï¸� (@â�£ï¸�H.U.N.K.â�£ï¸�)1586989054.0
Serves him right. https://t.co/xs7BgR0xkP— Jean (@Jean)1587037056.0
There was not much sympathy to be had.
@Telegraph What an interesting time we've come to...what are we reading? ??— Ayten ð���ð��� (@Ayten ð���ð���)1586989258.0
@indy100 The fact that he had $10.000 to buy it is more news than his cry for a refund!— CCN (@CCN)1587038132.0
Absolutely the stories I'm here to consume. https://t.co/9XK9fMlhlx— In a failed state (@In a failed state)1587038065.0
â��Man Who Bought $10,000 Worth of Toilet Paper and Hand Sanitizer Denied Refund.â�� When you have eat your toilet papâ�¦ https://t.co/Pem5CM7WhJ— @FreeTexas (@@FreeTexas)1587069238.0
But people are loving the boss of Drakes Supermarket who had the perfect reaction to our hoarder friend.
John-Paul Drake took the call and told the man exactly what he thought of his request for a refund.
"He said he wanted to get a refund yesterday on 150 packets of 32-pack toilet paper, and 150 units of one-liter sanitizer."
As he told the local news:
"I told him that"
And then he stuck his middle finger up at the camera.
Drake is not particularly happy with hoarders as they cause the mass toilet paper shortage.
"If everyone had just bought the things that they had needed for their immediate short-term, we would be fine."
Instead, he claims they've sold eight months of toilet paper in about four weeks, while many struggle to get their own necessities.
So a refund? I think not.
@9NewsAUS This man is my genuine hero, I salute you good sir— Eric Oâ��Malley (@Eric Oâ��Malley)1586933548.0
ð���ð���ð�¤£ð�¤£ AWESOME JUST SO AWESOME ð���ð���ð�¤£ð�¤£ ð���ð��� Man Who Bought $10,000 Worth of Toilet Paper and Hand Sanitizer Denied Reâ�¦ https://t.co/LRmel4zqaI— â�¡XRPDTâ�¡ ð�¤�ð���ð�¤� *ð��¡* (@â�¡XRPDTâ�¡ ð�¤�ð���ð�¤� *ð��¡*)1587068049.0
@hadarachconsult @9NewsAUS He nailed it and I love it!— Aelurillus (@Aelurillus)1587053842.0
A man in Australia who purchased around $10,000 worth of toilet paper and hand sanitizer was recently denied a refuâ�¦ https://t.co/CMWy0Dk1X5— ð���ð���Roosterð���ð��� (@ð���ð���Roosterð���ð���)1587068556.0
In this time of uncertainty, when we're all trying to get through and survive the pandemic without getting infected, or infecting others, one of the most important things you can practice is compassion.
How much toilet paper do you really need? If you have all the soap, how are other people going to wash their hands to keep you from getting infected? How would you feel if you couldn't get your basic necessities?
A little compassion goes a long way.