Local Venezuelans Hope Lots of Toilet Paper Will Wipe Away Problems in Their Homeland
The oil-rich and corrupt country of Venezuela has added a new problem to their shopping list of crises: no more toilet paper.
To help out, local Venezuelans will head down to the consulate in San Francisco today and protest the dwindling hygiene supplies in their native country. But they won't be all talk: the demonstrators will bring rolls and rolls of unused toilet paper that will be shipped to the South American county.
News reports today note that for the last few months, Venezuelans have been facing a shortage of everyday supplies, including soap, toothpaste, and now toilet paper.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Venezuelan National Assembly reconvened Tuesday after a three-week hiatus, and authorized a $79 million credit for the purchase of imported personal hygiene products, including 39 million rolls of toilet paper, 50 million sanitary napkins, 10 million bars of soap, 17 million disposable diapers, and three million tubes of toothpaste.
As the average human can attest, not having basic hygiene supplies makes it difficult for anyone to get through the week. Multiply that by 29 million people, give or take, and you have a serious level of dysfunction.
Per the Wall Street Journal:
In the name of Mr. Chávez's "Socialist Revolution," Venezuela's industrial and agricultural sectors have been hollowed out, and the fertile country has become more dependent on foreign goods than ever before in its modern history, importing around three-quarters of what it consumes. Yet because of the foreign exchange restrictions, importers can't obtain the dollars they need, the local bolivar currency trades at discount of around 75% on the black market and shortages are increasingly frequent.
To cap it all off, the government hasn't saved jack shit from its oil-price manna over the last decade.
If you're generally angry and you have a few extra rolls of TP to spare, head over to the Venezuela consulate today at noon and help get these people some relief.