Married At First Sight's Bryce Ruthven reveals the stark reality of Melbourne's panic buying crisis

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Married At First Sight’s troll-magnet Bryce Ruthven has had a rough time acclimatising to life as a reality TV villain.

The 30-year-old radio DJ’s race to the bottom got even more messy on Thursday, when he became a victim of Melbourne’s Covid panic buying crisis.

Sharing a picture of the near-empty shelves in the toilet roll aisle of his local Woolworths, Bryce joked in the caption: ‘Covid or gastro outbreak?’

Just keep swimming: Married At First Sight's troll-magnet Bryce Ruthven has had a rough time acclimatising to life as a reality TV villain. Now he has more crap to deal with after being faced with near-empty shelves in the toilet paper aisle of his local Woolworths in Melbourne

Just keep swimming: Married At First Sight’s troll-magnet Bryce Ruthven has had a rough time acclimatising to life as a reality TV villain. Now he has more crap to deal with after being faced with near-empty shelves in the toilet paper aisle of his local Woolworths in Melbourne

The toilet paper shortage was just another stain on the horror year the former Canberra radio host has endured ever since he appeared on Married At First Sight.

Shortly after filming the show – in which he was accused by both cast members and fans of gaslighting his ‘wife’ Melissa Rawson – he left his radio gig in hushed circumstances soon after the show aired.

Bryce and Melissa later decided to release their own podcast, only to be inundated with one-star reviews from trolls.

Panic stations: Sharing a picture of the near-empty shelves in the toilet roll aisle of his local Woolworths, Bryce joked in the caption: 'Covid or gastro outbreak?'

Panic stations: Sharing a picture of the near-empty shelves in the toilet roll aisle of his local Woolworths, Bryce joked in the caption: ‘Covid or gastro outbreak?’ 

Mr Walkerden, formerly of NOVA Entertainment, owns the podcast platform that signed the embattled MAFS duo and staunchly defended the pair against trolls this week.  

‘One of the things that I really don’t like is that you can troll someone on Apple Podcasts, and nobody knows who you are and it’s totally anonymous and you can change your name and call yourself “triple j” or whatever you want, or call yourself someone else, and you can give it a one-star rating,’ he told Radio Today.

‘So I think that for me, it’s an annoyance,’ he added.

Stain: The toilet paper shortage was just another stain on the horror year the former Canberra radio host has endured ever since he appeared on Married At First Sight. He is pictured with his 'wife' Melissa Rawson, whom he was accused of gaslighting on the show

Stain: The toilet paper shortage was just another stain on the horror year the former Canberra radio host has endured ever since he appeared on Married At First Sight. He is pictured with his ‘wife’ Melissa Rawson, whom he was accused of gaslighting on the show

Down in the dumps: Bryce and Melissa later decided to release their own podcast, only to be inundated with one-star reviews from trolls

Down in the dumps: Bryce and Melissa later decided to release their own podcast, only to be inundated with one-star reviews from trolls

Victoria will enter stage-three lockdown that will last for seven days, with schools closed and only five reasons to leave home – as a Covid cluster containing the highly infectious Indian strain grows to 26 with 11 new cases overnight.

Health officials and senior government ministers held crisis meetings on Wednesday night and announced a seven-day lockdown on Thursday, beginning at midnight.  

From midnight tonight, people will only be able to leave home to shop for food and essential items, provide or receive care, exercise and to work or study if they can’t from home, and getting vaccinated. 

Lockdown begins: Victoria will enter stage 3 lockdown that will last for seven days, with schools closed and only five reasons to leave home - as a Covid cluster containing the highly infectious Indian strain grows to 26 with 11 new cases overnight.

Lockdown begins: Victoria will enter stage 3 lockdown that will last for seven days, with schools closed and only five reasons to leave home – as a Covid cluster containing the highly infectious Indian strain grows to 26 with 11 new cases overnight.

The 5km travel limit will also be reimposed for exercise and shopping, as will compulsory use of masks both indoors and outdoors

The 5km travel limit will also be reimposed for exercise and shopping, as will compulsory use of masks both indoors and outdoors 

Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino said 10,000 primary or secondary contacts will need to either quarantine, or test and isolate, and warned the 'number will continue to grow and change'

Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino said 10,000 primary or secondary contacts will need to either quarantine, or test and isolate, and warned the ‘number will continue to grow and change’

Panic buyers began to strip Melbourne’s supermarket shelves of toilet paper – with shoppers posting pictures of empty shelves just minutes after lockdown was announced.

The panic buying comes despite acting Victorian Premiere James Merlino urging Victorians to show some restraint. 

‘There is absolutely no reason to panic buy,’ Mr Merlino said.

‘Everything we need, in terms of our goods and services on the supermarket shelves is there. There is absolutely no reason to panic buy. Please don’t do it.’

The toilet paper aisle at Coles in Elsternwick was seen virtually empty, and the supermarket confirmed it has experienced ‘elevated demand’.

‘We’ve seen elevated demand in Melbourne today but there is plenty of stock in the supply chain, regular deliveries to stores and our team members have been refilling gaps throughout the day,’ a spokeperson said.  

There are now 80 exposure sites across Melbourne and regional Victoria, including the MCG and Marvel Stadium. 

Panic buyers began to strip Melbourne 's supermarket shelves of toilet paper - with shoppers posting pictures of empty shelves just minutes after lockdown was announced. Pictured above is a Coles in Footscray

Panic buyers began to strip Melbourne ‘s supermarket shelves of toilet paper – with shoppers posting pictures of empty shelves just minutes after lockdown was announced. Pictured above is a Coles in Footscray  

A photograph of empty empty shelves at Greenvale Coles amid Melbourne's latest outbreak

A photograph of empty empty shelves at Greenvale Coles amid Melbourne’s latest outbreak  

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