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Police: Please don’t call 911 if you run out of toilet paper

One Oregon police department has asked residents not to call 911 if or when they run out of toilet paper.

Newport Police Department took to Facebook on Saturday to dissuade the public from seeking emergency services’ assistance when they run out of toilet paper. Toilet paper sales have skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic, leading many grocery stores and retailers — including Amazon — to run out of the coveted item.

“It’s hard to believe that we even have to post this. Do not call 9-1-1 just because you ran out of toilet paper. You will survive without our assistance,” police wrote.”Be resourceful. Be patient. There is a TP shortage. This too shall pass.”

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The police department clarified on Monday that they aren’t being inundated with 911 calls regarding toilet paper shortages. They explained that they made the now-viral post for some levity and to preemptively discourage these kinds of calls.

“This is being pro-active and preventative, because we know from experience over the years that people tend to call 911 with the weirdest request,” they wrote. “It’s just a matter of time before the TP shortage was one of those weird calls.”

It’s hard to believe that we even have to post this. Do not call 9-1-1 just because you ran out of toilet paper. You…

Posted by Newport Oregon Police Department on Saturday, March 14, 2020

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