Trenton Running Out of Toilet Paper

...because mayor, city council fighting over paper cups
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2012 10:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – Trenton city employees may soon have to start BYOTP to work. Unless a purchasing contract conflict is resolved soon, City Hall will run out of toilet paper by Friday—and other buildings could run out even sooner. WPVI confirmed yesterday that all that remains are a few boxes of rolls. New Jersey's capital has the money to buy more, but the council won't sign off on a $42,573 resolution to order bathroom tissue and other paper products, a spokesperson for Mayor Tony Mack says.

Why? The council apparently wasn't happy with the mayor's decision to order $4,000 worth of paper cups. "They got caught. We wanted to know what you're going to do with them and when they failed to give us an answer we denied their approval," says a council member. Bloomberg notes that the dispute has been going on since November; there is also reportedly a concern that the employees are stealing the paper items and using them at home, inflating the size of the order. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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