The picture above is from the kitchen at work. Our office manager is the person who tends to be saddled with changing rolls of paper towels. She was out of the office for a few days before Thanksgiving and on the day after she left, we arrived at the state that is viewed above. One last sheet. I decided to do a little experiment and see what happened - so, I did nothing. It became like a game, played with chess-like precision and cunning. I watched as people came into the kitchen with their own paper towels from somewhere else. I watched people shake their hands and dirty dishes off into the sink when they would normally just grab for a paper towel. It was truly an amazing exercise in psychology, really. It took several days before anyone bothered to replace the roll - and that was me the day before Thanksgiving.
The image below was taken at home and is actually the more threatening situation. It is (was) a roll of toilet paper. Literally one sheet was left on the roll - if that. I'm not sure you could have even dislodged the sheet from the cardboard tube in the middle. Ironically, there is a container in the bathroom next to this toilet which stores spare rolls of toilet paper, so it isn't a big deal to replace the roll, but generally, nobody could be bothered to change the roll. For the longest time, I wondered if anyone in the house actually knew how to remove the little spring-loaded axle from the center of the toilet roll to replace it. A really, really long time. This happens at work as well - a lot - and I often comment that I feel really comfortable at work - it feels just like home.
I must admit, however, that recently I've been finding an even more curious situation in the kitchen and bathrooms at home. Since the bilge-rats (gerbils) arrived, we discovered that they love to play with the toilet and paper towel rolls. They run trough them and chew them to bits, being the viscous beasties that they are. Household members have taken to giving these toilet rolls to the gerbils, and now you don't see the last sheet, you just find the bare naked axle or paper towel stand.