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Police Scotland’s top sniffer dog crucially reassigned to loo roll

montage of Mac the sniffer dog in action dog-happy
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With toilet rolls being hoarded only to be sold on the black market, authorities are on the hunt for bulk buyers. And Police Scotland has just the dog for the job.

By Nick Whittle , 18 Apr 2020

 

The supermarket panic may have subsided for now, but shelves of some products still remain empty. That is due in part to unscrupulous villains’ bulk-buying products in order to re-sell them at inflated prices.

Called ‘price gouging’, it is, police believe, rife at the moment, leaving the well-meaning shopper struggling to get their usual list of goods for the week ahead.

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At the start of the lockdown, supermarkets and other shops were asked by the government not to increase the price of goods just because they were in demand.

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Most have abided, but that hasn’t prevented some people from buying up thousands of toilet rolls and other products, and selling them on Amazon and eBay.

Cue: Police Scotland’s answer to the problem: Mac, the drug detection dog. In a time long ago, this adorable Springer Spaniel was tasked with sniffing out contraband. Now he is trained to sniff out toilet paper!

Mac’s handlers hope their star detection dog will be back soon, weedling out a different kind of blotter.