Armed bog roll bandits busted in $220 Hong Kong heist amid coronavirus shortages
With Hong Kong gripped by shortages amid the coronavirus chaos, an armed gang ambushed a supermarket delivery driver and stole 600 rolls of toilet paper at knifepoint.
As the Covid-19 crisis worsens, many residents in Hong Kong have begun stockpiling toilet paper, cleaning products and basic foods, amid fears of shortages. In particular, authorities have pleaded with the public to not stockpile toilet paper in their homes as it could grow mouldy given the high humidity in the city.
When your city is under siege of the coronavirus and toilet paper is in short supply. Hong Kong#coronavirus#COVIDー19pic.twitter.com/TGyViXP39P— James Chillax 🇺🇸 (@MrChillLax) February 17, 2020
However, the prospect of rationing toilet roll proved too grim for the knife-wielding gang, who held up the delivery truck and swiped HK$1,700 (nearly $220) worth of the coveted goods. Two of the gang were later caught and arrested by police and the entire stash of toilet paper was recovered. Authorities are still hunting the third thief.
So far, there have been at least 57 coronavirus cases confirmed in Hong Kong. In mainland China the death toll has reached over 1,700, with approximately 70,000 cases confirmed.Also on rt.com From clothes to condoms: Coronavirus is threatening global consumption in ways you never knew were possible
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