Coronavirus: California man arrested after beating his mom over toilet paper

A woman takes a photo of a graffiti depicting the character of Gollum from "Lord of the Rings," holding a roll of toilet paper and saying "My precious," in the Mauerpark public park in Berlin. (File photo: AP)

A California man was arrested this week after allegedly punching his mother, who had apparently hidden the family’s stash because of his excessive use of toilet paper which has become a hot commodity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Police were called to the family’s home in Saugus, north of Los Angeles, at 3:00 a.m. Monday following a dispute over the whereabouts of the hygiene product, Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, told a local news service.

The argument between Adrian Yan and his mother escalated and he allegedly ended up punching her, Miller said. He was detained on suspicion of battery, she added.

The mother told deputies that she hid the toilet paper from her 26-year-old son because he used too much of it at a time when the product is in short supply because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miller said the lockdown imposed across much of the country because of the virus has led to an increase in incidents of family violence.

“It was to be expected, it’s happening everywhere,” she said.

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