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Food shortages have been common in Venezuela recently from milk and butter to coffee and cornmeal, but now things are getting serious. The country is running out of toilet paper. People have been looking for the bathroom product for two weeks, when one grocery runs out, shoppers head to another in hopes they have a supply, but it’s not on the shelves.

State controlled prices are to blame as the government controls foreign currency and tries to make basic goods available to the poorest in the country. President Nicolas Maduro, who took over after Hugo Chavez died, blames the problem on anti-government forces. The government did announce this week the will import 760,000 tons of toilet paper or 50 million rolls in hopes people will calm down.

It would be nice to be able to sit down and take a load off, but then again, what would you wipe it with?