Rough times coming: County switches to 2-ply toilet paper to save money

Riverside County in California is doing its part to save money during the recession -- cutting back from four-ply toilet paper to two-ply for the approximately 100 executives who had the cushy four-ply until whistleblowers uncovered their expensive habit.

In a government where all county workers are taking a 10% pay cut to help cut huge budget shortfalls, Riverside County leaders decided to do what they can to save on the 500,000 roles the county buys each year -- its biggest volume purchase, with $270,000 spent on toilet paper in 2008, according to a New York Times story.