A shameless toilet roll stockpiler has been branded ‘selfish’ for gloating over his eight-month supply of toilet rolls – by filming himself making a ‘snow angel’ in them.
Bryan Machiavelli, from Washington DC, stashed almost 100 rolls of toilet paper in his house last month for him, his wife and daughter to use after anticipating that they may need to stay at home in the pandemic.
While working from home, the dad-of-one recorded a video of him lying amongst his stash and spreading out his arms and legs as if lying in snow and making a snow angel.
The video was viewed more than 51,000 times and was liked and retweeted more than 1,000 times with the software engineer claiming he hoped the video would cause ‘outrage and humor’.
Bryan faced a fierce backlash for ‘showboating’ his reserves while others struggled to source basic supplies.
Bryan Machiavelli, from Washington DC, has been branded ‘selfish’ for gloating over his eight-month supply of toilet rolls – by filming himself making a ‘snow angel’ in them
The Father-of-one, pictured in a face mask, stashed almost 100 rolls of toilet paper in his house last month for him, his wife and daughter to use after anticipating that they may need to stay at home in the pandemic
Twitter users were quick to brand him, while one said they ‘hope he was proud of his selfish self’ and another advised he hide his face with all the rolls.
Bryan estimates the supplies, which he ordered as two separate 48-packs from Amazon, will last his family 7.68 months – but admits he will use them to barter with if things get ‘so bad’.
Bryan said: ‘It’s me, my wife and my daughter. A rough calculation suggests we have about 7.68 months worth of toilet paper.
‘It’s really not that much toilet paper. I’ll probably keep it, unless things get so bad I can actually barter with it.
Bryan estimates the supplies, which he ordered as two separate 48-packs from Amazon, will last his family almost eight months
‘The idea came to me suddenly after I saw all of the backlash against the woman on Instagram that got a lot of hate online for her callous response to the number of people who will die.
‘On Twitter it was trending as “she’s 31” or “she’s only 31”. Outrage and humor is a better combination so I thought the idea had potential and asked my wife to help me set it up and film it.
‘I haven’t done anything else with them. I’ve been thinking of wrapping myself up like a mummy and actually wasting it, as that would cause quite a stir online, but actually wasting seems pretty disrespectful.
‘Buying the amount that I bought and actually using it I feel no guilt about.
Brian, pictured wearing a protective face mask, said that he was trying to provoke both outrage and spread humor
‘A lot of people love the video. They think it’s funny. Some people called me an a**hole and other names. It got the reaction I hope for.
‘It might be my most retweeted tweet to date, but I’m not sure.
‘I feel pretty good. I’m trying to think of how to top it in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone and balances funny with outrageous. My response to others is, ‘prepare better next time’.’
As soon as Bryan posted the clip, he was bombarded with comments from fellow outraged Twitter users, many claiming they were struggling to find toilet rolls.
Critic branded Bryan ‘selfish’ for his actions, but some people admitted it had given them a laugh during tough times
One critic said: ‘What’s actually funny is that you are openly displaying that you are one of those jerk offs buying up all the toilet paper.’
Another added: ‘I still can’t find any [toilet rolls] at any nearby store. Have to leave town tomorrow and hit up some little town stores.
‘This is mean. And the reason we can’t find any. Hope you are proud of your selfish self.’
‘Close to 100 rolls of TP. Not only hoarding but showboating. Nice dude!’ another chimed in, while one said, ‘You best hide your face with all those rolls.’
But others defended the tweet and praised his ‘creativity’.
‘Yikes these comments!?! We thought it was great fun. Thank you!’
Some people thought Bryan’s video was ‘great fun’ after he received a furious backlash on social media
As well as the toilet tissue, Bryan has accumulated a supply including 60 gallons of water, 50lbs of rice, 15lbs of lentils and 100 packets of ramen for his family.
Bryan said: ‘I think it’s possible that one to two million Americans are about to die. I’m doing everything I can to not get infected or infect other people.
‘To all of the people who laughed at me when I was preparing for this and warning everyone back in January, I told you so.
‘I started buying supplies in January, but I bought the toilet paper in mid-February.
‘I also have 60 gallons of water, 50lbs of rice, 15lbs of lentils, 10lbs of jerky, 5lbs of whey protein, 24 cans of corn, 40lbs of NY steak, 10lbs of pork tenderloin, 20lbs of chicken and about 100 [packets] of ramen.
‘I have been in quarantine for 14 days now, since I was sent home from work for having a sniffly nose and fatigue. This was out of an abundance of caution.
‘My work sent everyone else home about a week later, so we are all working remotely now.
‘I have only left my house in the last 14 days to take out the trash and check the mail, and I’ve done so with a mask. I am also inside my house with my wife and daughter.
‘I do not know if I had the coronavirus as my symptoms were too mild for me to even attempt to go and get tested, but they included fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches and noise and throat issues.
‘I never got a fever, so until I hear that some people are testing positive without a fever, it’s more likely than not that I didn’t have the virus and got sick with something else instead.
‘But I’ve also never been that short of breath when I got sick before so both are possibilities.
‘In the middle of the quarantine our washer broke. When the delivery people and installers came to remove the old washer and replace it, I put up a shower curtain to protect the rest of the house from the area.
‘I also spent 30 minutes disinfecting the area before they came in case I have it, and 30 minutes afterwards in case they have it.’