But when mum Jeni Bonell went to do her weekly shop earlier this month, she never expected to be shamed for buying the household necessity.
The usually-mundane item has become Australia’s hottest commodity in recent weeks, as thousands of shoppers rushed to supermarkets to stock up on essential items amid worries of self-isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19.
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Jeni is a mother-of-16, so her weekly shops always look a bit well, huge, but the panic-buying of others led to her being judged for buying just one nine pack of toilet tissue, she told Mamamia.
On March 6, Jeni posted to her Facebook page about how another shopper said, loud enough for her to hear, “Well, there goes all the toilet paper now, hmmmmpffff” in the line for the checkout.
“I will not apologise for buying toilet paper for my family which is undoubtedly bigger than yours,” Jeni wrote on Facebook.
“And I will not let you make me feel guilty about it one little bit.
“Perhaps taking a deep breath would help, or try smiling.”
It was especially surprising as Jeni was only buying a nine-pack, giving a pensioner couple the last large pack on the shelf in case they were less mobile than her.
Her family usually uses a 12-pack each week.
Speaking to Mamamia, Jeni said she was “really saddened” by the stranger’s remark.
“I believe we can be kinder to each other, especially over something as basic as buying toilet paper,” she said.
“I just wanted to get out of the shop and go home. Nobody has the right to judge others the way that she did.”