Nov 24, 2009
A reader of our Toilet Paper Encyclopedia recently posed an interesting question by asking us “How much toilet paper is stolen every year?”.
Since I personally didn’t know the answer to this intriguing question, I went straight to Kenn Fischburg, president of ToiletPaperWorld.com and author of the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia. Here’s what the Toilet Paper King had to say:
While there is no public information available about how much toilet paper is stolen every year in the US or across the globe, manufacturers use the issue of ‘stealing’ in their marketing strategies when creating toilet paper dispensers and the inner core which the toilet paper itself is rolled on. The idea is that a person is less likely to steal the toilet paper if they cannot use it easily at home or if it is difficult to take off of the toilet paper dispenser.
For instance, a jumbo toilet paper roll (the ones most common in public restroom) is too large to put under your sweater or in your briefcase. Plus, jumbo toilet paper cannot be used on a household toilet paper dispenser. Also, the dispensers usually have a lock or are difficult to open, both which help prevent the stealing of toilet paper.
Stealing toilet paper is a big part of the decision process for commercial enterprises when selecting the kind of dispenser and the type of toilet paper to stock in their restrooms.
Also, storage of the TP itself can sometimes be an issue. To help with this matter, it is generally stored in a locked closet to prevent stealing from a company.
Do some customers or employees steal toilet paper? Yes. How much toilet paper is stolen overall? My most educated guess is less than 2%.