Toilet paper bandits strike rest stops along I-80 in Nebraska

Packages of toilet paper
Packages of toilet paper

LINCOLN, Neb. — There’s been a run on toilet paper as Americans hunker down and isolate themselves at home to avoid the spread of the new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Shelves are bare of toilet paper in many stores across the nation.

But some people in Nebraska are finding toilet paper — and stealing it — at Interstate 80 rest stops.

The rest areas are managed by the Nebraska Transportation Department. Some are staffed and some are not, department spokeswoman Vicki Kramer told the Lincoln Journal Star.

As a result of the thefts, Kramer said, rest areas will be closed when an attendant is not present. The closures will be communicated to travelers through 511 information.

Truck parking should remain open even if the rest area buildings are closed, she said. “We’re doing our best to keep (the rest stops) open, but we want to make sure when we do keep them open we have a safe location,” Kramer said. “With that comes maintaining it and making sure it’s in a good condition.”


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