• Erik Aranda-Wikman

The New 1%

Just a few short years ago, we all knew that 1% of people were those of extreme wealth. However, there seems to be a new trending "1%" group emerging out of this Coronavirus.

I am speaking to the toilet COVID-19 toilet paper hoarders of the nation!

The Original 1%

Before I delve deep into the main point, let's touch briefly on what the original 1% was for those needing a quick refresher. It referred to the 2010 movement regarding socioeconomic status and how 1% of the US population has 25% of the wealth in the nation (Vanity Fair, 2011).

This blog post has nothing to do with that. Still, I'm borrowing their terminology as it seems There are just too many similarities between these two 1% groups not to comment on them. Walk down any aisle at any grocery or outlet store, and you will see one aisle that has nothing. That would be the toilet paper aisle.

Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with my personal lack of toilet paper, but rather the newly appreciated personal humility as a self-admitted toilet paper hoarder.

I am, as I said before, self-admittedly part of the 1% Toilet Paper Hoarder during the quarantine of the Coronavirus. And I know that there are many out there with no toilet paper. This is your classic tragedy in the commons. For those unfamiliar with this concept can read about it,

"The tragedy of the commons is a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling the shared resource through their collective action." (Hardin, 1968)

A link to the entire article can be found here.

There's a set amount of toilet paper, and a select few decide that out of fear, they need all of it, leaving the community devastated in the wake. Granted, we're talking about toilet paper and not cattle, but the idea is the same.

The big question is to 1%, how often are you using the bathroom that you will ever need that much toilet paper? Are you wrapping your hand like a mummy because that is wasteful?

What Kind of Savage Am I?

I have looked at my stockpile of toilet paper and decided to implement a no questions asked toilet paper gifting program for locals in my community. Many, like the elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable populations, were slower to get to the stores in time. These individuals the new 99%. I will do my part, and I ask that anyone reading this that is part of the 1% bring your toilet paper hoards that you do not need to your local community center.

But seriously, though, how much toilet paper are you using that justifies a sudden need to clear the shelves of toilet paper? Plenty of fruit and produce. Priorities seem a bit off. But who am I to say, I realized I'm part of the 1% today.

At Fair Care Project we promote sharing toilet paper with your neighbors who need a couple of extra rolls.

Fun COVID19 Quarantine Project to do with you Kids!

I will leave one last request from toilet paper 1%, and that is this. At least make a fresh bird feeder out of the used roll. Here is a link to a great one that I tried! https://www.theresourcefulmama.com/toilet-paper-roll-bird-feeders/

As my wife says

We will all get through this one roll at a time.

Stay Regular, Stay Healthy,

Erik Aranda-Wikman


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