Ok, so for the 4th time in 6th months, our main sewage drain out of my work has been clogged up by dirty tampons. I work at a bar, a place that mainly caters to anyone 21 and up.
You’ve all had at least 7+ years to realize that a tampon is NOT BIODEGRADABLE (at age 21). You SHOULD wrap it up in some TP and put it in the waste basket next to the toilet. Every toilet has a trash can in it. You would think that this would sink in by age 21+.
But lo and behold, no, apparently everyone feels free to flush a tampon when they have a little buzz on and it’s not their toilet to clean up.
No, instead they decide to drop it into the toilet, flush, and slowly but surely it makes its’ trip down about 40 feet into the main sewer line before the string latches onto some god-awful object that’s been stuck to the side of the sewage pipe. It lodges there, and refuses to move. Meanwhile, another 50+ people come in behind you and flush their urine, shit, and perhaps another used tampon or two, and when it all comes to a head there’s shit, poo, TP, urine, and blood-speckled tampons coming back up through ALL of the toilets.
Which leads to the whole point of my rant. We bar’s don’t have too many extra employees to call up for these awful janitorial purposes. We have a cook or two, a bartender, and a server or two.
The servers are going to laugh in your face when you tell them to clean up sewage @ $2.75/hour. The bartender’s going to be too busy making drinks to have time to be cleaning up a bathroom. That leaves one of the cooks, who’s wage kinda justifies dealing with feces and urine. (In other words, pays better than minimum wage.)
When I went to work today, I was expecting a perfectly normal day. Two of us cooks, a bartender, and 2 servers. Around 8:00 all the toilets start to over flow, there’s shit/urine/water/TP/god knows what flowing up through all of our sewage outlets, and mayhem ensues because it’s still dinner rush and everyone’s 100% busy just doing normal shit, let alone the sewage spewing in the bathrooms.
2 hours, a plumber, 2 mop buckets of sewage, and everything is finally straightened out by 8:30. Thankfully, I was able to pull senior rank and send the rookie in for the shit-mopping duty today, my shoes stayed nice and clean.
But SERIOUSLY, in the past six months we’ve had 4 used tampons clog our main drainage lines (and 1 pair of panties… I’m not gonna bring that up in this rant though). STOP FLUSHING THAT SHIT. Sooner or later, SOMEBODY’S gonna have to clean up that time-bomb you just dropped in the toilet, just wrap it in some TP and plop it next to the toilet.
I promise, there’s not some weirdo Private Investigator following you waiting for you to drop a DNA tampon, just don’t fucking put it into the sewage system