SUMMIT CO., UTAH (KSL) - Of all the gifts people want Santa to bring down the chimney this Christmas, Matthew Deane is hoping for more toilet paper.
"Right now, we are up to 690 rolls," Matthew said Tuesday. "We had to reset our goal from 500 to a thousand by the end of the month."
The Deanes had to move the rolls from under their Christmas tree to behind their living room couch because the stack grew to nearly five feet tall.
"We have a tower of toilet paper," Elizabeth Deane, Matthew's wife, said with a laugh.
Of course the Deanes feel it's better to have all that toilet paper inside their Oakley, Utah home than having their home covered in toilet paper, which was happening a lot.
"We weren't sure why we were getting toilet papered, if it was because we were different, or new, or we weren't from this small town and that's just kind of what you get when you're new," Elizabeth said.
The first time their new home was covered in toilet paper was in August.
"We knew part of the culture of coming to Utah was to be toilet papered, because we both lived here as kids and we both did it," Matthew said. "But you do it once and you move on."
But then it kept happening, every single Friday and Saturday night, in fact.
Then, it started getting worse.
"Three in the morning, it didn't matter," Matthew said. "(They were) pounding on the windows, pounding on the doors, taking apart lawn furniture. "
It went on for four months.
Then, one evening, after calling the sheriff's office again, a Summit County deputy caught some of the teenagers and told their parents what was happening.
"They held their kids accountable and asked them to tell other kids not only that it needed to stop, but to tell them why — that it was tearing our family apart, that it had ruined our paradise," Matthew said.
The Deanes asked their neighbors and others in their community to come to their home to meet them and talk. They also asked them to bring toilet paper, which will be donated to a nearby food bank in Kamas.
"We decided to take the toilet paper and do something good about it," Elizabeth said.
As for the toilet paper on the outside, that has finally stopped.
"It's become a happy, positive experience. I never thought it would, but it really has," Matthew said.
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