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Tale of the Pilfering Politician

Apr 20, 2011

Here at ToiletPaperWorld we love to hear the occasional odd stories involving our favorite product and share them.  This particular story comes to us all the way from Germany!  A big problem with public restrooms is that some people might try to steal whatever products are accessible and easy to carry, including toilet paper.  Many toilet paper and toilet paper dispenser manufacturers make products to prevent this very thing by building toilet paper dispensers that have secure locking mechanisms.  Just last week, a young politician in Northern Germany was caught red-handed stealing toilet paper from the town hall facility.

Apparently, the janitors became suspicious after they noticed 200 rolls had gone missing over a period of time.  The proactive property manager hid in a bathroom stall one evening, and caught the pilfering politician, 23 year old Frank-Michael John, with toilet paper rolls in his backpack and one in his hand. 

Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be information available on why he is stealing toilet paper – is he a very low paid politician and couldn’t afford it?  Do we write this off as simple office antics?  Sadly, we may never have an answer to this puzzling piece of the pilfering politician.

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17 Responses to “Tale of the Pilfering Politician”

  1. Stephanie@ Rug Cleaning Culver City - April 21st, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I’ve witnessed a couple people in the workplace grab 1 or 2 rolls, but 24 is amazing. And one was in his hand? At least keep it conspicuous. Would this be considered shoplifting? LOL.

  2. Auto Title Loans - April 25th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I have actually seen people stealing toilet paper from bars before. It’s ridiculous! You would think such a necessity for a public place would be a little more respected than to be subject to theft. But then again, who doesn’t love free toilet paper?

  3. Special Event Toilets - May 3rd, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Seriously? Stealing toilet paper from a public restroom? Are times REALLY that bad? What is the world coming to?

  4. Molly - May 4th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Stealing toilet paper has always been an issue in public restrooms. I saw, stock up in bulk to save money and never run out!

  5. Jamie Abels - May 4th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    This is a very funny story. Are the crisis so bad in Germany?

  6. Molly - May 5th, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Toilet Paper is a hot commodity! Some people just like to take whatever is not nailed down!

  7. Conveyor Systems - June 3rd, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Someone had to HIDE in the stall? Talk about getting to bottom of the problem. I guess recession hit all over the world and harder than us!

  8. Title Loans - June 6th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I once knew someone that stole public toilet paper from restaurants and coffee shops. Pretty cheap if you ask me, but I guess it just shows how toilet paper is always in demand!

  9. facebook - June 14th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

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  10. Car Lease Return Los Angeles - June 24th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I guess you gotta do what ya gotta do! Thanks for sharing this story.

  11. model railroad ideas - June 30th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Necessity is the mother of invention!

  12. Things to do - July 11th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    There is also a politician who likes to steal toilet paper!! Funny Story ! hahahah…lol! keep post

  13. Dentist West Los Angeles - August 1st, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Haha, this is too funny. I worked in a restaurant for a few years and we would always laugh about the odd things that would get stolen, like toilet paper. The one that really made me laugh the most is how many people would steal the salt and pepper shakers or bottles of ketchup.

  14. Jumbo Toilet Paper Rolls - Necessary or a Nuisance? - August 12th, 2011 at 5:40 am

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  15. Cheap Furniture Glendale - September 29th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Oh my god, how funny! I can’t imagine why anyone would steal TP of all things… It’s not like it’s THAT expensive!!

  16. Therapist New York - November 11th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Ha, how embarrassing, to be a political figure- a ‘leader’ of the community and to be caught stealing, especially something as trivial as toilet paper! I worked with a lady in a restaurant once who got fired for stealing 1 roll of toilet paper.

  17. SOPA - November 25th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    and french politician ? 😉

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