The coronavirus pandemic has revealed a number of things about society that none of us had really thought about before. Such as the huge importance that people place on having an ample supply of toilet paper.
Bog roll is one of the most commonly-purchased items on panic buying sprees, with people emerging from supermarkets with armfuls of the stuff within hours of the lockdown being announced.
But not everyone remembered to stock up. San Francisco resident Ian Chan realised he was running dangerously low on supplies, and the city is under a rigorous lockdown at present in an effort to contain the deadly Covid-19 outbreak that is sweeping California.
But San Francisco is home to a larger-than-average pool of technical wizards, so Ian knew that someone would have a solution for him.
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He reached out to his friend David Chen. David, who is an “aspiring drone racing pilot”, had the two things Ian needed: toilet paper, and a lockdown-proof delivery method.
David loaded up his drone with a single roll of toilet paper and sent it across San Francisco for delivery to Ian’s doorstep.
And, of course, the pair captured the entire operation on video.
Ian says that while the drone-powered resupply was a lighthearted operation, the need to stop the spread of the virus is still very serious.
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He said: “There’s lots of people out there – here in US and other countries – in not good spots. I’m taking it very seriously.
“But hopefully this dumb tweet added some brief humour/happiness into your timeline/day. Stay safe & healthy everyone.”
The ingenious bog-roll re-up comes just a day after two pals managed to share a beer using a remote-control car to deliver the precious cargo while sticking to social distancing rules.
It’s a dark time, but in the midst of it all, people are still managing to keep their spirits up.
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