The perpetrators of an armed robbery last year hundreds of rolls of toilet paper, which the people of Hong Kong were starting from the first days of the pandemic, were sentenced on Thursday to more than three years in prison, indicates a local media. The three men, armed with knives, had stolen some 600 rolls of toilet paper, were each sentenced to 40 months in prison, according to the Hong Kong newspaper Mingpao.
By February 2020, when the first cases of coronavirus appeared in the Asian financial center, toilet paper had become a rare commodity. Fearing a shortage, the inhabitants so they were running in supermarkets to stock up on basic and food products.
As supermarkets could not be restocked quickly enough, long lines of customers formed in front of the stores, even before they open. Scarcely stocked, the shelves were being emptied at full speed. On social media, residents proudly displayed their stock of toilet paper rolls from their tiny apartments.
183 euros in damages
The three authors of this robbery recognized using a knife to threaten a delivery man in front of a large supermarket in the popular Mongkok neighborhood. They left with 50 packages of toilet paper representing a market value of 1,700 HKD. (183 euros), before being arrested by the police.
According to Mingpao, the three men, who admitted to the theft, apologized to the delivery man and reimbursed the stolen scrolls. But the judge ruled that this crime was premeditated and was to be punished with a prison sentence, specifies the newspaper.