today’s WTF moment, brought to you by the office bathroom plunger

August 29, 2008

I know, I know, you’re tired of hearing about my pathetic office bathroom. You think YOU’RE tired of it? I have to use the damn thing every day. Nature must take its course.

This morning, I walk into the bathroom, having consumed a hot drink, and what do I find? An invitation to use the port-a-potty at the construction site across the street, that’s what.

sign and pathetic plunger

Because I am not a bathroom porn site, I will spare you a picture of the actual contents of the toilet. But somebody is clearly very upset. Can’t say I blame them. (By the way, that roll of toilet paper is mine. I bring my own.)

On the other hand, this plunger, THIS PLUNGER is all we can come up with to facilitate compliance with said sign?!


Let’s take a closer look at the plunger management (who actually work IN the building, they USE THIS BATHROOM TOO) deigns to keep around for an office bathroom that serves not one but TWO multi-million dollar start-up companies:

pathetic plunger

Words fail me.

Consider this post my message in a bottle.



19 Responses to “today’s WTF moment, brought to you by the office bathroom plunger”

  1. mark Says:

    Tell your management that if they’ll hire me, I’ll bring not only my own toilet paper, but my own plunger. Consider this my resume in a bottle.

  2. andy Says:

    i find it hard to believe that it’s often clogged. who’s dropping muskrats large enough to clog the toilet? that rarely, if ever happens at my work. thankfully, we have tons of bathrooms so i always have options in the event it does.

    anyhow, just go buy a new plunger. can’t cost $15 and it will save you some angst.

  3. dug Says:

    mark, trust me, you don’t want any part of this.

    andy, really? you find it hard to believe? you think people are putting up this sign because the toilet is only clogged once a year? you think the plunger got into that condition because someone stole it from a lollapalooza outhouse and brought it to my office? this toilet (one of two in the building, and, turns out, they are adjacent) has less flushing power than a bucket of water. the fact that a) this rarely happens where you work, and b) you have tons of bathrooms, pretty much means you don’t know what i’m going through here. but thanks for the advice.

  4. The Flyin' Ute Says:

    I’m not sure I would want that hovering over my shoulder. Maybe dripping wet and stinky. Killing me just thinking about it.

    I think you should just buy a completely new TOILET.

  5. KanyonKris Says:

    Cop to it, you wrote that sign, didn’t you?

    If the sign is true and users of this toilet lack the sense of duty and responsibility to take care of their own messes, I fear for the success of these two multi-million dollar start-ups. Seriously, it has to make you wonder.

  6. chtrich Says:

    They must pay really well to still be working there.
    Stains on a plunger give me the willies.

  7. Hamish A Says:




    I’m sure they’re too busy spending their capital on the glamourous side of the business to worry about the real Think Tank but – wow.

    You’ve managed to quite put me off lunch. Good job!

  8. Bikemike Says:

    toilet terrorism, that’s what you’re dealing with, my friend.
    on a similar note, we stayed at a KOA campground in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago (overall, a nice place) but, you’d swear that they let full grown black bears with serious bowel issues and no toilet skills, use the facilities.
    i am truly amazed at how un-civilized and just down right nasty, the human race can still be.
    shocking, SHOCKING, i tell you.
    use dynamite if you need to, this situation is not acceptable.
    good luck.

  9. KanyonKris Says:

    I think bikemike is on the right track. Perhaps it is time for clogging the toilet with sandals. You know, sabotage.

  10. Kathy Says:

    The double flush, when needed, is an effective tool in the fight against the disgust and disgrace caused by a plugged up potty.

  11. dug Says:

    lewis, i didn’t sit, i’m with you, wouldn’t be able to sit there with that gargoyle sitting by my shoulder. eww.

    kk, nope, i don’t write signs. not my style.

    chtrich, well, i have an offer at jack in the box, but i hear their bathrooms aren’t any better.

    hamish a, aren’t you in england? isn’t it like 9pm there? what do you mean, put you off lunch? you’re just trying to make me feel bad. it won’t work.

    bikemike and kk, i’m not sure how your idea actually HELPS me.

    kathy, double flush, nuthin! this toilet’s resemblance to a bucket of water necessitates a triple flush at a minimum. one before you even sit just to make sure, and one after everything you drop in the bowl. can’t be too careful.

  12. Bikemike Says:

    dug, not sure that using dynamite actually helps anything, but… it can’t hurt.

  13. KanyonKris Says:

    dug, it’s a short term pain for a long term gain. If you’re so dissatisfied that a port-a-poty is a viable alternative, I’d say you’re there. Hayduke lives!

    Since you’re already supplying your own TP, add a flush bucket to your restroom supplies.

  14. Hamish A Says:

    Sorry Dug. 8pm was indeed dinner time but I thought if I had written ‘put me off dinner’ people would be confused. Classic example of me thinking too much.

    I second Bikemikes suggestion of the dynamite. Just be sure to stand WELL clear of the blast zone :-s

  15. steve Says:

    dug, I am now working at my new place and we have an acceptable bathroom. come on over anytime.

  16. Shelle Says:

    Dug- “Did you get the package I left you? It was pretty big.”

  17. Rick S. Says:

    That was Rick not Shelle

  18. Weston Locher Says:

    I feel your pain!
    I recently had to put up a poster on the wall beside the toilet to remind the men of my department about the proper etiquette:

    The plunger situation hits close to home.

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