Hey ‘Dartmouth Karen,’ Stop Selling Toilet Paper
*This story has been updated, please see below.*
As we progress through these strange times with the coronavirus, it's important to keep our humanity alive and well.
Unfortunately, there are still signs of selfishness.
Yesterday, I came across a Facebook Marketplace post that rubbed me the wrong way. There was a local resident from Dartmouth by the name of Karen who was taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak toilet paper shortage by selling her toilet paper at a premium price.
I'm sorry, but this doesn't fly in my book.
Sadly, there are people out there affected by the sold-out toilet tissue panic who were simply just trying to buy a roll or two. Those who bought in massive quantities that are certain to last them a solid year may be good to go, but for those who were simply looking to just restock their bathroom toilet tissue holder are suffering from all this.
Here's this Karen lady who posts this photo of a four-pack for $20 and thinks it's socially acceptable to do so. That right there is the problem with America and I'm tired of it, so if you're reading this, "Karen from Dartmouth," you should be ashamed of yourself.
I have no problem calling out anyone who goes against the morals of humanity. Even during times of trouble and stressful situations, we all need to be mindful and aware of other people's needs, not just our own.
Twenty bucks for a four-pack of toilet paper – get the heck out of town.
What I'm disappointed about the most is that yes, some poor schmuck is going to fall for this and end up buying it out of desperation and that angers me.
There's plenty of TP to go around, people. If there's anything to learn from this, it's to not be a "Dartmouth Karen" and overcharge for essential needs to selfishly profit yourself.
I said what I had to say.
After posting this article to Fun107.com and seeing the numerous negative comments, it has come to my attention that perhaps I should have reached out to Karen first before putting a complete stranger on blast.
I will be completely honest when I say that I do feel for her.
I reached out to her after a few of her friends told me (very nicely without defense) that she was actually a really nice lady and that as somewhat foolish as it sounds, it was only a joke after a glass or two of wine.
Listen, I've been around the block long enough to know that people make mistakes, it's what makes us human.
"Well, it's like this: I was at my brother's house and he was complaining about not being able to buy toilet paper," Karen told me. "He said he looked on eBay and it cost $60. I sell stuff online all the time, so jokingly he said I should sell THAT (the $20 4-pack of toilet paper). I came home and yes we were having wine, it was a Friday night, so I put the post up, laughing the whole time because I wanted just him to see it. I took it down within five minutes and BANG people started sharing it and threatening me. It definitely was a terrible idea and no I did not hoard t.p."
If you're wondering, YES, I do believe her. Again, we all make mistakes. I've been there before.
Right after she left a public apology on her personal Facebook, she then proceeded to post the following:
"I'm giving away books, movies, clothes, appliances and anything else people may need that I have," Karen said.
When it comes to my normal articles up on Fun 107, I tend to keep them lighthearted and humorous. I enjoy making people smile and laugh. From the bottom of my heart, I apologized to Karen for releasing the article before speaking with her first. It was wrong of me.
"I have a wacky sense of humor," Karen said. "We all need to take a breath and forgive when needed."
As if all was right again, I not only gained a new friend, but I received a bit of advice that everybody should take to heart.
"I've learned some things, too," Karen stated. "Don't go on Facebook when drinking wine, lol."
Oh, the lessons we learn on the daily.