Empty toilet paper shelves return to Tulsa area stores

VIDEO: Stores seeing shortage of toilet paper

TULSA, Okla. — Between a holiday that involves mass quantities of food being digested, more people working at home, and rumors of more government regulations and even another lockdown, toilet paper in the Tulsa metro is once again becoming a scarce commodity in some stores.

FOX23 visited Targets, Walmart’s, Sam’s Clubs, Reasor’s, and Costco across the Tulsa metro Friday and found stores with mostly little to no toilet paper of any kind.

Reasor’s stores were the only chain consistently stocked with numerous brands while others companies struggled with totally empty shelves or just having basic store brands.

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Nov. 20, 2020 - Between a holiday that involves mass quantities of food being digested, more people working at home, and rumors of more government regulations and even another lockdown, toilet paper in the Tulsa metro is once again becoming a scarce commodity in some stores.
Nov. 20, 2020 - Between a holiday that involves mass quantities of food being digested, more people working at home, and rumors of more government regulations and even another lockdown, toilet paper in the Tulsa metro is once again becoming a scarce commodity in some stores. (FOX23)

Paper towels were also scarce in many stores.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum tried his best Thursday to assure the public, especially those living in Tulsa, that he was not preparing for another lockdown like last spring and that he had heard no public official in Oklahoma even consider plans for another lockdown.

Nov. 20, 2020 - Between a holiday that involves mass quantities of food being digested, more people working at home, and rumors of more government regulations and even another lockdown, toilet paper in the Tulsa metro is once again becoming a scarce commodity in some stores.
Nov. 20, 2020 - Between a holiday that involves mass quantities of food being digested, more people working at home, and rumors of more government regulations and even another lockdown, toilet paper in the Tulsa metro is once again becoming a scarce commodity in some stores. (FOX23)

However, with people sharing pictures of empty shelves and memes of people stealing and needing toilet paper, the panic already set in.

FOX23 saw many people in many stores asking managers when the next shipment of any brand of toilet paper was coming in as they planned to find rolls for themselves and their families. Warehouse Markets and dollar stores still had toilet paper in stock in multiple locations.

Nov. 20, 2020 - Between a holiday that involves mass quantities of food being digested, more people working at home, and rumors of more government regulations and even another lockdown, toilet paper in the Tulsa metro is once again becoming a scarce commodity in some stores.
Nov. 20, 2020 - Between a holiday that involves mass quantities of food being digested, more people working at home, and rumors of more government regulations and even another lockdown, toilet paper in the Tulsa metro is once again becoming a scarce commodity in some stores. (FOX23)