People love this elderly Italian man complaining about pasta shortage amid coronavirus The video is a whole mood. Consider the restaurant in New York offering a free roll of toilet paper with every takeout order. The problem is compounded by different supply chains for personal use and commercial use. Pasta … Australia is facing a rice shortage as panic buying, which has been blasted by the Morrison government as un-Australian, leaves shelves bare and sparks calls for rationing.. Mar 11, 2020, 8:05 pm Internet Culture . Barilla pasta boxes stretch to the ceiling, 100,000 in all. Brooke Sjoberg. Australia is facing a rice and pasta shortage after panic-buyers left stocks completely depleted in supermarkets across the country. That seems like quite an odd thing to do if happy days are right around the corner. Large stacks of TreeTop applesauce, pancake mix and canned green beans sit on pallets, like soldiers waiting to be sent into duty.