In the U.S., the Costco chain of wholesale warehouse club stores was hit particularly hard by a worried public seemingly bent on hoarding the entire available supply of bathroom tissue:
I feel like this is the video that perfectly depicts how far we’ve come as civilized species. I present to you the Toilet Paper Rush of 2020, in #Costco stores. #Covid_19 #CoronaOutbreak pic.twitter.com/hKzjqgwk6p
— Officer Bandit 👮🏻♀️🦝 🇺🇸 (@OfficerBandit) March 12, 2020
Mid-March 2020 saw the spread via social media of a purported notice from Costco informing consumers that the company had issued a recall of their Kirkland Signature brand of bath tissue because it had been “contaminted [sic] with Coronavirus outbreak” and was “containted [sic] due to the item being manufactred [sic] in China”:
If the atrocious misspellings evident throughout the alleged recall notice weren’t enough to give it away as a fake, the fact that it was virtually identical to another hoax about recalled toilet paper perpetrated by a fake news website should have.
Not surprisingly, the Recalls & Product Notices section of Costco’s official website lists no such recall.