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India Rocked By Toilet Paper Scandal

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For countries with minor inferiority complexes, hosting an international sporting event offers a perfect opportunity to show the world that you’re actually quite modern.

For India, that meant revamping its decades-old stadiums for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

First off, if you’ve never heard of the Commonwealth Games (I certainly hadn’t), they’re one of the largest multi-sporting events in the world. Competing nations are all former colonies of the British Empire, which is great if you’re into watching post-colonial hatred play out on Badminton courts. (Go North Borneo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Unfortunately, India is being accused of going wildly over-budget in its attempt to bring its facilities up-to-date. Original estimates put the spending around $500 million. To date, they’ve gone over nine-fold.

Bloomberg reports, citing the Economic Times, that organizers “bought $80 rolls of toilet paper, $61 soap dispensers and $125 first-aid kits.”

This in a country where the World Bank says 828 million people live on less than $2 a day.

Without a doubt, $80 toilet paper is absurd. That said, I guess if you’re going to be hosting thousands of foreigners in a city where spicy Methi Matar Malai is the regional specialty, toilet paper is one commodity you don’t want to skimp on.
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