This is what it’s got to: Confronting moment a Coles shopper threatens to smack a worker in the head in a fight over toilet roll as they battle the stampede crowds
- A fight broke out at a Coles, believed to be in Bankstown, over toilet paper
- An irate male shopper is seen arguing with two female members of Coles staff
- He then threatens to ‘smack’ one of the women across the face during the row
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Remarkable footage shows a coronavirus panic shopper threatening to punch a worker at Coles in a heated fight over toilet paper.
Believed to be filmed in Bankstown, the video shows a female member of staff arguing with an irate customer – before he threatens to ‘smack her face’.
It comes as the number of cases of the respiratory virus reaches 368 in Australia, sparking worried families to stockpile essential goods.
‘Get out, you need to leave’, a staff member is heard telling the man, pointing to the store’s door.
Another female worker also tells the man to leave, with him arguing the store’s toilet paper policy ‘isn’t fair’.
‘If you were a man, I would smack your face!’ the man then shouts at the female worker.
The male customer (pictured, left) is heard threatening to ‘smack’ the female member of staff (right) in a row over toilet paper
The staff member then replied: ‘Get out, you piece of s***.’
He then also calls her ‘a piece of s***’, before being escorted from the premises by security.
It appears the row started after the man took issue with the store’s toilet paper policy, with members of staff personally handing out small packs to customers.
Coles has introduced limits on pasta, flour, dry rice, paper towels, paper tissues and hand sanitisters, as its shelves were left bare by panic buyers.
Customers are only allowed two of those items each, with similar restrictions in place in Woolworths and Aldi.
It follows similar brawls seen in the supermarket aisles across Australia, as irate shoppers come to blows.
The female Coles staff member (pictured, right) then called the man a ‘piece of s***’ and told him to leave the store
The man (pictured, right) first argued with another female member of staff (left) over the toilet paper policy
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 368
New South Wales: 171
South Australia: 20
Western Australia: 28
Northern Territory: 1
Australian Capital Territory: 2
TOTAL CASES: 368
Australian households continue to worry over whether they have enough provisions to last through a 14-day coronavirus isolation period.
Supermarkets have been left struggling to cope, with aisles of toilet paper and pasta completely bare.
The chaos prompted Woolworths to introduce an elderly-only shopping hour, to allow vulnerable residents time to buy the things they need.
But on Tuesday morning, it was slammed as a ‘PR stunt’ as worried customers found shelves were empty of essentials – including toilet paper.
Hundreds of elderly and disabled shoppers joined a 100-metre long queue outside Woolworths at Ryde, on Sydney’s lower north shore, on Tuesday.
It was hoped they would be able to stock up on items they will need should they go into coronavirus quarantine.
But once inside, shoppers quickly discovered the aisles were less crowded but the shelves were as bare as they have been for the past few weeks.
Shelves are bare across multiple Australian supermarkets (pictured, left) as worried families stockpile toilet roll (right)