Kansas jail limits toilet paper to cut costs

Posted at 2:23 PM, Jun 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-07 14:26:33-04

WICHITA, Kan. — A Kansas jail has limited the toilet paper use for its inmates to one roll per week.

According to the Wichita Eagle, this change was implemented as a tactic to save money since the sheriff of Sedgewick County said the jail spends $100,000 per year on toilet paper alone.

A jail spokesperson said much of the toilet paper is wasted anyway. Many inmates just got it wet and stuck it on walls or ceilings and even intentionally plugged up toilets.

Some inmates disagreed and are voicing their displeasure publicly.

“What if you have to use the bathroom and you run out of toilet paper?” Michael Davis, an inmate, told the newspaper. “What do you do then? You supposed to walk around with feces on you? That ain’t sanitary.”

Inmates have to wait for the next week’s supply of toilet paper or buy one for a dollar if they use their allotted roll.

The sheriff expects this policy to cut the toilet paper bill in half.