Stampede at Aldi as shoppers rush to buy toilet paper amid coronavirus crisis

Dramatic footage has emerged showing shoppers stampeding into a store to buy toilet paper amid the coronavirus crisis.

Frantic customers rushed the aisles of the Aldi store in Sydney, Australia, to get their hands on the newly delivered stock seconds after the doors were opened.

The panicked shoppers pushed and shoved each other to grab piles of the merchandise, Mail Online reports.

Their actions have been slammed online as "hysterical" as supermarkets across the country struggle to keep up with demands for goods such as toilet paper, hand sanitisers and soap due to panic buying ignited by the global coronavirus crisis.

There are now 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia.

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One person commented: Insane. The most ridiculous thing is you've got hundreds of people crammed together… best way to spread the virus."

Another posted: "That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen in my entire life. People are just brainwashed."

A third said: "If people stopped doing this everyone would be able to go to the shops and buy toilet paper. Have some consideration for the aged who can shop only once a week, people out there doing this are selfish."

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Aldi has recently banned customers from buying more than one pack of toilet rolls.

In a statement the company said: "To help improve access to toilet paper for our customers, we have limited the purchase of all toilet paper lines to one pack per customer.

"We ask our customers to remember to show kindness, empathy and calmness when shopping with us."

Similar scenes have been taken place in the UK with shoppers also clearing supermarket shelves of cleaning products, tolietries and pasta resulting in Tesco rationing stock.

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