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Melbourne police station backflips on free toilet paper codeword offer

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A Melbourne police station providing free toilet paper to those who might be missing out has had to take back the offer.

A Melbourne police station providing free toilet paper to those who might be missing out has had to step back from its offer.

Warrandyte Police Station, in the city's north east, had retained a small supply of toilet paper from a local IGA for people with restricted mobility or disabilities who may be caught short.

But in a post on Facebook earlier today, police explained they were no longer able to "fulfill this 'Roll'".

"We do however ask everyone when shopping to consider those persons that have reduced mobility in our neighbourhood," the post went on.

"If you are in need or know of someone with welfare needs, Victoria Police can provide referrals to agencies best suited to help."

Searching for toilet paper has become difficult in some areas over the past week, as people get into a frenzy with panic buying goods amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"There are people in this community that are not mobile enough to go from store to store to find toilet paper," Warrandyte Police said in their original offer on Facebook.

Police encouraged people to use the code word "cupcake" if they needed toilet paper, but were too embarrassed to ask for it.

"If you are in dire need or know someone who is, please drop in and collect a roll or two," the post read.

"If you come into Warrandyte Police Station and ask for a 'cupcake' or two – we will know what you mean.

"We simply ask for a smile in return."

Toilet paper shelves emptied in Sydney supermarket.

The station was also accepting "cupcake" donations from those who may have hoarded too many rolls.

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Infectious disease experts have slammed those who have stockpiled toilet paper, saying those caught up in a "spellbinding spiral of panic" risk bringing suffering to the elderly, poor and disenfranchised.

Source: 9News

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