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Chico residents 'wiped out' over lack of toilet paper

Most stores in Chico aren't seeing empty shelves yet, but some people fear it could happen eventually.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 5:43 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Some stores across the United States are already seeing a shortage in essentials like paper towels and toilet paper and people in Chico are concerned it's happening here again.

"The fact that it could be as bad as it was when we first started, at least crosses my mind," said Chico resident, Scott Peterson.

Stores like Winco and Costco are limiting the amount of toilet paper you can buy, but their shelves were still stocked with toilet paper and paper towels.

RELATED: Walmart reports shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at some stores

Dr. Joel Minden, a local psychologist said it’s not abnormal to see people stockpiling supplies in uncertain situations.

“Ya know, when people start to hoard and they stock up on resources, that is driven by anxiety and it is an unrealistic concern about the ability to have those resources,” said Minden. 

Minden explained why he thinks toilet paper is the first to go. 

“I know that came up quite a bit earlier in the pandemic," said Minden. "I don’t know if it was because they were going to have a shortage of people just thought this was sort of a resource that I am going to need to use and my family will need to use for a long period of time and thought I don’t know if I am going to have access to this.”

Minden said overall, people want to control the uncontrollable. 

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