In what would be described as a hard time for everyone as regards to the outcome of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some other individuals have capitalised on the pandemic to rake in some extra cash.
Amongst the many individuals is a British disc jockey (DJ) identified as Lee Marshall who reportedly made as much as £3,000 or N1.46 million after selling 600 cases of 45 toilet papers at the back of his van.
iBrandTV gathered that Marshall sold the rolls to those in desperate need of toiletry during the pandemic.
In a video on YouTube available to iBrandTV, Marshall who is from Kent called on people to ‘get down here’ as stockpiling grips the country.
He stated that, “If you want loo roll you’ve got to get out of bed at 4am get yourselves down to Morrisons or Aldi, you’ll be queueing up for about an hour and you might be able to get one if you’re lucky.
“Lee’s Loo Rolls Limited is now open.”
Also known as Disco Boy, the DJ told Metro UK that he was contacted by a supplier who was stuck with the toilet papers after hotels refused to buy them.
He said: “A supplier messaged us and said they’ve got loads of toilet roll and can’t sell them because hotels aren’t buying at the moment. They’re just sitting in a warehouse.
“I looked in the supermarket and they were roughly the same price as an Andrex toilet paper anyway – so we’ve sort of made £3-per-pack on them. ‘We kept some back for delivering at night – as we’ve had a lot of people messaging that they can’t reach us. My mate Brett was out until 11.30 pm the day before.
“The last drop-off I did last night, the old lady was scared and left her money by the door. We’ve done so many home deliveries and haven’t charged extra for them.”
After making so much more, he is not opposed to the idea of capitalising again as he admitted to the possibility.
He said: “I’m a DJ and I’ve had so many gigs cancelled. I’ve got bills to pay and trying to keep my head above water. I’ve always been a bit of a businessman and thought you can’t always make memories, but you can always make money.”
However, some quarters accused him of profiteering and using a virus to make money.
Responding to the criticism, Lee wrote on his YouTube channel that he and his friends had lost their jobs.
He added: “All four of us involved have lost our jobs – we had this week and have bills to pay like anyone else.
“Just putting this out there as there seems to be a lot of statements going around that we profited heavily from the vulnerable when it’s not like that at all.
“Actually had a horrible week despite keeping a smile and powering through – hearing of so many others losing their jobs and my gigs getting cancelled.
“Most of us reading this have our health, a roof over are head and a half comfy bed. I’ve never been one to show off materialistic things – I’m all about making the memories, travelling to places etc it’s gonna be tough times for all ahead. Always appreciate the simple things in life.
“I’m usually happy all the time, I’m messing around with friends, making random vidz – just saying this cause now is the time to be very careful with the money we do have in times of uncertainty. Peace out much.”