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Shortage Because of the 2003 Southern California Fires-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor The eRumor claims that
because of the record Southern California brush and forest fires in
2003, the manufacturing plant responsible for 97 1/2 percent of
America's toilet paper was destroyed and we're facing a toilet paper
It's a complete hoax.
TruthOrFiction.com has not found any evidence of the existence of
the alleged "Clappington Paper Products" factory or
anything like it that got destroyed during the devastating 2003
Southern California fires.
The eRumor is poorly constructed and is probably an attempt on
someone's part to create a toilet paper shortage just for the fun of
For the record, we checked with both the San Bernardino county and
city fire departments and neither of them has a "Sergeant
For those who remember, it prompts memories of an actual run on
toilet paper that was caused by a joke by Tonight Show host Johnny
Carson on December 19, 1973.
In response to a comment on potential toilet paper shortages by a
congressman, Carson's writers included it in his monologue.
It prompted a buying spree by consumers that left empty shelves in
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Feature Story October 28, 2003
By News Reporter Jerry Simonreid
San Bernadino California, USA
I know that toilet paper isn't the most popular subject to discuss.
However, we know by comparing disease rates in civilized countries
versus countries with no flush toilets and toilet paper that your
health and life depends on good hygiene. Much of the reason we are so
healthy in the USA is because of running water, washing hands, and of
course, toilet paper. But what if we ran out?
Here's some info for you to get ahead of the crowds. You know those
wildfires in southern California now? Well, I bet you didn't know that
the Clappington Paper Products factory is one of the many business
that burned down. Have you ever noticed that regardless of the brand
of toilet paper you purchase, that there are only five or six
different types of toilet paper on the market. But there are a lot of
brands and a lot of different names. Have you noticed that there are
only a c! ouple different types of packaging for toilet paper?
Well, the secret is out. About 97 1/2 percent of the toilet
paper in the US, Canada, and Mexico is manufactured in one facility.
That would be the Clappington Factory, in southern CA. You
see, the finished product is so lightweight, it is easy to transport
by truck. Nearly no weight at all. And the factory is so close to the
border, they use a lot of illegal immigrant labor. This is an open
secret -- because INS knows what would happen to the nation if the one
TP factory closed.
Well, it did close. The wildfires in southern CA have burned
down the one factory which makes 97 1/2 percent of the TP in the US,
Mexico, and Canada. It is expected to be 6 to 8 weeks before any other
manufacturing facility can make adequate supplies of TP.
Governor Grey Davis has enough troubles with the fire, and with his
recall election. He can't afford to be known as the governor who depri!
ved the nation of toilet paper. So, he's ordered a news blackout of th
e story. You haven't seen it on the news, right? But the email and
internet allow us to know things that aren't on the news.
Stores have only about a 2 to 3 day supply of TP on the
shelves. Wait till the word gets out, you'll see a run on toilet paper
like never before. And it's going to be 6 weeks at the very minimum
till the stores have any more.
If you haven't stocked up, now is the time. And
forward this message to everyone in your address book. You wouldn't
want your close friends to be out of something so important. I
wouldn't joke about something this serious.
Information courtesy of:
Sergeant K. Jameson,
Engine Company Sergeant,
San Bernadino Fire Department
THIS IS TRUE! ! !
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