A 31-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stealing 66 rolls of toilet paper at a hotel in Orlando, Florida.
The young man identified as Ángel Hernández is in police custody after a security guard at the Marriott Hotel on World Center Drive called authorities, the Fox Orlando news network reported.
Police reports indicate that the guard saw Hernandez pushing what appeared to be a hotel trash bag into his vehicle and that when he looked out the window he realized it was full of unused toilet paper.
According to local media, Hernández admitted his responsibility and apologized for what he did. He explained that the reason he took the hotel supplies without authorization was supposedly to help a lady he knew was poor and unemployed.
(Photo by Matthew Horwood / Getty Images) (Photo by Matthew Horwood / Getty Images)
Hernández was a maintenance employee at the hotel where the incident occurred, so he had easy access to cleaning supplies. He was released Thursday morning, People reported.
Toilet paper is one of the scarce items in supermarkets due to high demand since the Coronavirus health crisis erupted.
The phenomenon of compulsive shopping in the midst of crisis is known as FOMO, fear of missing something (Fear Of Missing Out, for its acronym in English).
"It is thought that if a person is buying it - in this case toilet paper - if my neighbor is buying it, there has to be a reason and I have to get involved too," said Nitika Garg, professor at the University of New South Wales. to the BBC.
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