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Police had to be called to a western Sydney supermarket on Saturday morning after a fight broke out amongst customers over toilet paper.

Police said they were called to a Woolworths store at Chullora about 9.30am after reports a 49-year-old woman had been assaulted; however, no arrests were made.

A video of the incident went viral on social media and showed a group of women pushing, yelling and fighting over a packet of toilet paper.

The supermarket chain earlier in the week imposed a four-packet per customer limit on the sale of toilet paper after having its shelves stripped by shoppers panic buying because of the coronavirus.

"We will not tolerate violence of any kind from our customers in our stores and we are working with police who are investigating the matter," a Woolworths spokesperson said.

The video shows one woman pulling the hair of another during a heated physical altercation over a packet of toilet paper.

One woman yells: "I just want one packet."

Another woman, who is in possession of a trolley packed with the product, replies "No, not one packet", before two supermarket workers intervene to break up the argument.

Supermarkets and manufacturers have struggled to keep up with demand for toilet paper amid the panic buying.


Vulgar in the extreme. Ban both from the store.

Looks like those shoppers are really in the the crap now!!




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