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Australia: Man puts loo roll in claw machine amid Covid panic buying

So that’s where all the toilet rolls have gone… (Picture: Getty)

There are few rolls of toilet paper to be found on supermarket shelves – but with a bit of luck Aussies can win one in the arcade instead.

A wave of panic has been set in motion as states force residents into new, strict lockdowns.

Australians have been stripping their local shop shelves bare of essential and sought after items – and in the Covid-19 pandemic, no item has been more desirable than loo paper.

One prankster in north Queensland decided to have a laugh by filling his ‘skill tester’ machine with dozens of precious rolls.

Brenden Wright invited people to test their skill on the Toy Soldier machine which costs $2 to play and gives users three attempts to bag a bog roll.

He told the Townsville Bulletin: ‘It started off as a joke between friends about toilet paper shortage.

‘They all think it’s hilarious and a great idea. You just have to look at the bright side of life during these uncertain times’.

‘As they say a day without laughter is a day wasted.’

A man in Queensland, Australia, filled a claw machine with loo roll as Covid panic buying grips the nation.

Players can win a soft toy – or a fresh roll of loo paper (Picture: Jo Terry)
A shopper looks forlornly at the empty toilet paper shelves in a Melbourne supermarket on May 28 (Picture: William West/AFP)

Unfortunately for Townsville locals, they’ll have to wait for the chance to win a roll as the Queensland government enforced a three-day lockdown on Tuesday.

They will be released from the short, sharp shutdown on Friday at 6pm.

Great Sydney is also in a lockdown, which runs for two weeks until the following Friday, July 9.

Australian authorities have been quick to target any hint of an outbreak of coronavirus cases.

Just 34 new cases have been reported on average every day over the past week among the whole population of more than 25 million people.

But even this is an increase, as for much of the calendar year, Australia has been recording single-figure daily totals.


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