Toilet Paper Shortage During Pandemic

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Toilet Paper Shortage During Pandemic

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While many of us living through the pandemic understand the meaning behind this photo, future generations may not. This photograph was taken by a Walmart employee when his store had received a shipment of toilet paper. During this time of the pandemic, toilet paper was a hot commodity and would not stay stocked on the shelves because so many people were buying it. Although this is not an item that we may think of as essential during a pandemic, toilet paper was difficult to come by and the employees had put this out on the floor as soon as it had come off of the truck. Before they could put the item on the shelves, people had already grabbed it from the pallet.

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This object is a photograph and was sent to me by my father, a Wal-Mart employee.

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This item was submitted on November 3, 2020 by Jerrika Morrell using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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