It really is bad luck if socialism gives you the shits, as the chances are there is no toilet paper to assist in the clean up.
Venezuelaâ€™s product shortages have become so severe that some hotels in that country are asking guests to bring their own toilet paper and soap, a local tourism industry spokesman said on Wednesday.
In Merida, a state in western Venezuelan thatâ€™s known for its stunning mountain landscapes, small hotels are struggling to stock their rooms with basic supplies, especially as the busy Semana Santa or Holy Week holiday gets underway.
â€śItâ€™s an extreme situation,â€ť says Xinia Camacho, owner of a 20-room boutique hotel in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada national park. â€śFor over a year we havenâ€™t had toilet paper, soap, any kind of milk, coffee or sugar. So we have to tell our guests to come prepared.â€ť
Montilla says bigger hotels can circumvent product shortages by buying toilet paper and other basic supplies from black market smugglers who charge up to 6-times the regular price. But smaller, family-run hotels canâ€™t always afford to pay such steep prices, which means that sometimes they have to make do without. Â Read more »