ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rosanna Tussey was one of the lucky ones. She was only 30 cars back waiting in a line that snaked clear around the block outside toilet paper manufacturer Roses Southwest Papers Inc., on Second SW, just south of Avenida Cesar Chavez.
“We got here at 5:30 a.m. and they started selling at 8 a.m., so it will be about three hours before we get in. They’re only letting four cars in at a time, but the good thing is you can only buy large boxes, so I won’t have to do this again for along time.”
Tussey said she lives in far Northwest Albuquerque and decided to try her luck at Roses Southwest Papers because “I”m almost out of toilet paper and we’re not seeing it restocked in the stores, at least not the ones I’ve gone to, and I’ve gone to quite a few.”
By 9:30 a.m., two more lines formed: one snaking east on Cesar Chavez, over the Guadalupe Overpass above the railroad tracks and then heading north (this has been corrected) on a side street to Iron SW; and a third line running west on Bridge Street, over the Rio Grande to La Vega SW.