Kooralbyn chemist provides toilet paper in trust experiment

TRUST: Paul Ishak and Mina Ibrahim outside their Kooralbyn chemist shop. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
TRUST: Paul Ishak and Mina Ibrahim outside their Kooralbyn chemist shop. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

KOORALBYN chemists Mina Ibrahim and Paul Ishak say they trust their customers enough to use the honour system for toilet paper sales.

After shelves at Beaudesert supermarkets emptied almost as soon as they were stocked in the past few weeks, the staff at St Mary's Pharmacy decided to make things easier for their customers.

When they closed their store last weekend, the display of toilet paper outside the shop was left in place.

St Mary's Pharmacy on Australia Day.

St Mary's Pharmacy on Australia Day.

A tin for shoppers to leave their $2.99 payment for each pack was also left near the display and both were still there when the chemist opened on Monday morning.

Mr Ishak said he had faith in the honesty of Kooralbyn residents.

"If you want to call it a social experiment, it was a great success," he said.

"And if anybody took toilet paper without leaving money, we just take the opinion that they couldn't afford it at the time.

"It's nothing to worry about, they'll come in and pay when they can."

The toilet paper shelves quickly emptied at Aldi last week.

The toilet paper shelves quickly emptied at Aldi last week.

Mr Ishak said when he came to work on Monday all but two packets of toilet paper were gone and there was enough money in the tin.

"We trust the people in the valley," he said.

"This is reassurance that Kooralbyn is a safe place to live."

The display and money tin was still in place on the Australia Day public holiday and by 4pm there was still plenty of product for those who needed it.

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