Australian supermarket boss unleashes on hoarder who tried to return hundreds of toilet rolls, hand sanitisers

An Adelaide supermarket boss has unleashed on a local hoarder who attempted to return thousands of rolls of toilet paper when eBay shut down his price-gouging operation.

The man allegedly asked his local Drakes if he could return 150 32-packs of toilet paper and 150 1-litre bottles of hand sanitiser for a refund - a move that Drakes Supermarkets' director, John-Paul Drake, has publicly shamed.

In a video shared to his YouTube channel, Drake gave the unidentified man a piece of his mind - and called out other shoppers who have stockpiled goods and stripped supermarket shelves bare. 

Illustrating with a one-finger salute, Drake said he refused the man's request. 

"That is the sort of person that’s causing the problem in the whole country," he declared. 

As reported by 7 News, Drake claims the man had been banned from eBay, where he had been allegedly attempting to resell his stash for a profit.

In an interview with the outlet, Drake said he's "over" people stockpiling coveted items, leaving numerous people without access to essential supplies. 

"I think there's a lot of people in the situation that we’re in and no one’s prepared to say anything about it... but we’re over it," he said.

He also unloaded on panic-buyers in his YouTube video, which has amassed more than 242,800 views within a week.

"If everyone had just bought the things that they needed for their immediate short-term, we would be fine," Drake said, justifying why limits on essential stock have been imposed.

"We have had some staggering statistics. We've [Drakes Supermarkets] sold eight months [worth] of toilet paper in four weeks. We've sold a year's supply of flour in nine days... the limit is so we can try and share whatever product we get in... [so] everyone who comes in can get something."

John-Paul Drake has had enough.
John-Paul Drake has had enough. Photo credit: John-Paul Drake / YouTube

The video has been well-received by viewers, many chipping in their two-cents on stockpilers.

"This should be the default policy nationwide any time hoarders come looking for refunds," one person commented.

"Having not seen what a toilet roll even looks like in South Australia for two months since this crap began you have absolutely made my day," said another.

"The average person has not been hoarding and it is so good to see someone reaffirm that it isn't the general public that is the problem. For many of us we still see no toilet paper. How dare that man try to get a refund.

"He can sit on his bum-cheeks and contemplate his... hoard."

Hoarding has also been rife across New Zealand, with Countdown only reintroducing specials in late March following weeks of panic-buying bedlam. The supermarket chain said it would temporarily be pressing pause on specials as it didn't want to inadvertently encourage people to buy more groceries.