Byron Bay ‘panic buyer’ shamed for a trolley full of toilet paper – but is there an innocent reason?

An innocent man was slammed on social media for ‘panic buying’ after a video of him wheeling home a trolley full of toilet paper was posted to Instagram.

The Lords of Byron Bay Instagram page posted the short video of the man wheeling his haul of toilet paper through a Byron Bay shopping centre car park on Sunday.

It was posted with audio clipped from the OutKast song Roses: ‘I know you’d like to think that your s**t don’t stank’.

A man who was spotted wheeling a huge haul of toilet paper to his car was shamed on social media and wrongly accused of panic buying

A man who was spotted wheeling a huge haul of toilet paper to his car was shamed on social media and wrongly accused of panic buying

 

The post was viewed more than 10,000 times in a day with hundreds of Instagram users blasting the man. It later emerged the man was a local Airbnb host known to go for a large shop every two months to stock up supplies for his guests

The post was viewed more than 10,000 times in a day with hundreds of Instagram users blasting the man. It later emerged the man was a local Airbnb host known to go for a large shop every two months to stock up supplies for his guests 

Brisbane supermarkets were swamped on Friday ahead of the city’s snap three-day coronavirus lockdown, so social media users immediately assumed the Byron Bay man was doing the same thing – even though he was in a different state. 

Some haters began a pile on, assuming he was coronavirus panic-buying.  

‘What the actual f**k goes thru these cooked idiots’ heads,’ wrote one man.

‘F***ing Melbourne grubs,’ added another.

Another wrote wishing someone had physically attacked the poor man.

‘Should have pushed the trolley over so the c**t had to pick it all up,’ he wrote.

But the man was not panic buying. 

A Byron Bay woman, who cannot be named, said she recognised the shopper as a well-known local Airbnb host who stocked up supplies for his guests every two months. 

‘I’m surprised Lords of Byron Bay hasn’t taken it down,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It’s a small town, so people would know who it is.’ 

The Instagram video shows the man from behind so his face is not shown, walking through the Mercato on Byron shopping centre carpark.

Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to identify the man to respect his privacy. 

Byron Bay (pictured) is a favourite spot for tourists with its picturesque beaches. Many like to stay with Airbnb hosts, some of whom regularly have to shop for bulk toilet paper

Byron Bay (pictured) is a favourite spot for tourists with its picturesque beaches. Many like to stay with Airbnb hosts, some of whom regularly have to shop for bulk toilet paper

Shoppers swamped supermarkets in Brisbane (pictured Coles, New Farm on Friday) to stock up after being told the city would go into a three-day lockdown for coronavirus

Shoppers swamped supermarkets in Brisbane (pictured Coles, New Farm on Friday) to stock up after being told the city would go into a three-day lockdown for coronavirus

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