Venezuelans Reduced to Hunting for Toilet Paper with Smartphones

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Hope, Change and Two-Ply

Hope, Change and Two-Ply

If you want to see how Socialism can reduce a country to the stone age, contemplate the bizarre scene of residents of Venezuela’s capital using high tech pieces of incredibly complex hardware and software, which are available, to hunt for squares of toilet paper, which aren’t.

Socialism. It really, really, really doesn’t work.

Toilet roll has been in short supply in the South American country in recent months, with economists blaming price controls imposed by the government.

The new programme, launched last week, uses crowdsourcing technology to enable users to let each other know which supermarkets still have stocks of the tissue.

Called Abasteceme – “Supply Me” in English – the free Android app has already been downloaded more than 12,000 times.
Creator Jose Augusto Montiel said most downloads have been made by residents from the capital Caracas.

He said: “Lots of things are in short supply, but what people are most worried about is finding toilet paper. People never knew how much they needed it until it started running out.”

Nicolas Maduro, who became Venezuelan president earlier this year, claims anti-government forces are deliberately buying up basics like toilet paper to destabilise the country.

Maduro has also claimed that Chavez appeared to him as a bird and that the US was plotting to kill him, so it’s safe to say that his grip on reality is tissue thin. But it wouldn’t take much to turn Americans into savages hunting for basic needs with smartphone apps. Having high technology does not make one civilized. Having a civilization does.

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  • Toni_Pereira

    Living in that country must be like being inside a JG Ballard novel.

  • DogmaelJones1

    I urge all Venezualans — or at least the ones who value freedom — to WIPE their country clean of the looting socialists!

  • Gee

    I remember when the Soviet Empire experienced the same sort of problems. Some things just come full circle

  • Spikey1

    • Maduro: “My fellow Venezuelans conserve toilet paper; use both sides”

    • Right about now would be great timing for Kimberly-Clark to cut off shipments of toilet paper to Venezuela.

    • I just flushed some toilet paper, for the fun of it.

    • The toilet paper gets to the store via truck, I doubt it is an armored truck. Just an idea.

    • On the streets you can hear the cries of; “Brother can you spare a square”

    • Why don’t the fine folks of Venezuela just start using government buildings to take care of their business.

    • Don’t they have a recycling program? I’m pretty sure it is handled by the government so they simply need to; mail the used toilet paper to their nearest government official.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “I just flushed some toilet paper, for the fun of it.”

      Would it be evil to “tp” the Venezuelan embassy?

  • Abu

    There are no pebbles in Venezuela?

  • ziggy zoggy

    Maybe they can borrow Obama. He’s a complete asswipe.

  • OfficialPro

    why is it all the commies are batfeces loony? Do you have to be crazy to be a commie or what?

    *(psst, that’s a rhetorical question)