A sign propped up against a Ford Escape hatchback read, “Toilet tissue $60.00 a case, cash only.”
A 64-year-old Canton Township man is accused of selling the toilet paper in a Meijer parking lot along Ford Road in Canton Township on March 18. He’s expected to be charged with misdemeanor counts of soliciting, canvassing, and peddling during a May 5 arraignment, Hometownlife.com reports.
Mike Arcuragi spotted the man selling the toilet paper and couldn’t believe what he saw. Arcuragi posted a photo of the toilet paper profiteer on Facebook, and it was shared nearly 4,000 times.
Not aware of solicitation laws, my father-in-law went to the Meijer parking lot to sell toilet paper at retail price. As can be seen from pictures, he was selling a case that contained 80 Georgia Pacific toilet paper rolls that cost $63 after tax at Walmart, to provide just one example. He intended to make up for the well-known shortage of toilet paper throughout the state and country. He was not hoarding; the cases are stock from his business and he wanted to make them available to the public at fair market value. Those individuals and media outlets who have accused him of "price-gouging" should be ashamed, and we are disgusted with those who have threatened him. These threats have caused much anxiety and worry in our family. His actions were a fair response to people's needs.
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