…but don’t do that.

February 26th, 2013 · 41 comments

Slow clap for this building manager in Boston, anyone?

Do anything you want with the paper towels! It's an arts neighborhood: make a sculpture. Winter's coming: make a neck ruff. Roll your own: and smoke away from the building. But please don't put them in the toilet!! Put them in the trash...throw them out the nearest window...adopt them...send them to reform school...but don't put them in the toilet! Our staff and the people downstairs are very tired of the overflow floods.

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41 responses so far ↓

  • #1   marky

    As heard at the Oscars…

    Feb 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   GojuSuzi

    If it wasn’t for the EYE MELTING PAPER COLOUR I’d say fair enough: I’ve suffered enough from neighbours flushing un-flushable junk and leaving me with a yard full of ‘backwash’ sewage to sympathise more with the downstairs folks.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Tesselara

      Don’t flush paper towels down the toilet, or I’m going to do an art piece with the overflow, titled: “Yellow and Brown; Gifts from a Cretin” and install it on your floor.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 6:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Rhamza

    And lets sum this up:

    The people downstairs are tired of your shit (literally) raining down on them. For the love of all the is holy, do something else with your paper towels besides flush them down the toilet!
    (Oh, and as a side note, lets show off this awesome stationary I picked up at walmart for $0.15 a sheet! it was on clearance because no one else wanted it, weird right?!)

    Feb 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Trekkie Gal

      $.15 a sheet? Seriously? That would mean that an entire ream would cost $75. I know it was a made up number, but you could have at least made it realistic!

      Mar 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Rene

    I run a rental business & it is ASTONISHING what people think can be flushed down a toilet. So my sympathies with the building owner & other tenants. My favorite part here though is where he/she actively endorses littering by saying “throw them out the nearest window.” They’re biodegradable, fuck it.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   H for Toy

      I routinely flush yucky foodstuffs down the toilet. Soggy cereal, soup that someone didn’t want to finish, small pieces of chicken fat – stuff I don’t want to get stuck in the sink or let rot in the garbage. A few days before moving out of my house, my friend and I cleaned out the fridge. I found what I thought was vegetable beef soup, and flushed it right down. A few minutes later, my husband went to use the toilet and BAM… turns out, it was half a pot roast, and it took him several hours to get it back out. If my friend hadn’t been there as a witness, I’m pretty sure I’d be too dead to be writing this.

      Feb 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   PinkPlaidRibbon

      …..should I ask why you flush food? Why not just throw it out? If you take out your garbage regularly it shouldn’t really be an issue. I imagine you might have some plumbing problems in the future.

      Also, how do you not notice the big plop of half a roast? O.o I would think that would be pretty noticeable.

      Feb 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   FeRD bang

      Yeah, SRSLY. Where did you come to the curious notion that your toilet is a garbage disposal, and how do we disabuse you of it? It’s really, REALLY not. The number of times I’ve had to replace my ceiling, because my previous upstairs neighbor was under the impression he could stuff whatever he wanted down his sink drain (the clot of whole elbow macaroni was my favorite) can attest to that.

      Feb 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   jj

      Yeah, you should just….stop doing that. You know all those extra plastic grocery bags you get when you go grocery shopping (well in the states where they’re still free most places at least)? Pour the bad food in one of those, tie it up, THEN put it in your garbage. If, y’know, bad food in your trash bothers you at all. Which it evidently does. Anyway, it severely cuts down on any smell and possibility of touching it or having it get on the lid or something.

      Just stop abusing your toilet.

      Feb 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   The Elf

      The toilets can’t handle big jobs like pot roast.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 7:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.6   Tesselara

      This was one of my arguments to get a dog when I was a kid–”they’ll eat our leftovers!” Potroast? Awesome for dogs.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 7:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.7   H for Toy

      If it makes you feel better, Ferd, we own the house, so any plumbing problems are on our own head. After that fiasco, I no longer anything moldy that I find at the back of the fridge – that goes in a grocery bag, like jj suggested. It’s not so much the smell, because we take the garbage out weekly, but I can’t deal with liquids in the garbage. I figure soggy cereal and chicken noodle soup is really no bigger a job than what would normally go in the toilet.

      Elf, if I get sick, is “throw up” ok?

      Feb 27, 2013 at 7:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.8   H for Toy

      It’s true, Tesselara. If I’d realized when I put it in there, that we’d forget about it, instead of eating it, I’d have given it right to the dog. By the time I realized we weren’t going to eat it, she probably would have eaten it, but I wasn’t going to give it to her.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 7:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.9   kermit

      I can understand not wanting to have smelly and leaking garbage, but why not just put all that stuff in a separate bag and freeze it until garbage day? Garbage day is usually at least once every two weeks, so it’s not like a lot of stuff piles up.

      When I lived in a house, that’s what I used to do in the summer with meat that had gone bad and didn’t want to attract flies to the garbage bags.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 8:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.10   The Elf

      H for Toy, you can only “throw up” in the toilet if the chunks are fairly small, like what you’d get after eating sugar free fruit cups because some people are diabetic too. I expect you’ll know the approx size before the actual event occurs. This is all very private to us ladies. Gentlemen, you need to get the emergency key from Casey in Human Resources before you use the toilet for either pot roast or throw up.


      Feb 27, 2013 at 11:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.11   H for Toy

      So… Mongolian barbecue “throw up” is right out?

      Feb 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.12   Seanette

      Might I suggest installing a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink? :)

      Feb 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.13   Beatus Mongous

      ^ In-Sink Erator makes a good product.

      Feb 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   SeeYouInTea

    This is just lovely.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Gray

    “Our staff and the people downstairs” sounds kinda dirty.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Beatus Mongous

    I would do anything for paper towels…

    …But I won’t do THAT!

    Feb 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   d1337

      Meatloaf FTW!

      Feb 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   The Elf

      Oh good, I’m not the only one who read the note in Mr. Loaf’s dulcet tones.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 7:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Cake

    Thanks, Sandra.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Dane Zeller

    I tear my paper towels into little pieces so they don’t clog the toilet. Also, I choose ground floor apartments to live in so if the toilet does clog, no one can complain. Furthermore, I’ve purchased a dog who cleans up my spills with his tongue. It’s hard for him to get up on the kitchen table, but that’s the cost of living simple.

    Feb 27, 2013 at 8:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Kwyjor

    If this is such a massive problem plaguing the land all over, why don’t people just buy paper towels that don’t clog the toilet, or at least that don’t clog the toilet as easily? Surely with all our technological advances some economical solution exists?

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Lil'

      I use toilet paper for all my paper towel needs.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Raichu

    This is a great note. I love the creativity.

    And yeah, I can’t believe what some people try to put down the toilet sometimes…my favorite is when someone obviously tried to flush a tampon. That’s happened several times. If you have been shown how to use a tampon, you have (hopefully) been told that they do not under ANY circumstances go in the toilet.

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   AP

      Tampons can be flushed, depending on the plumbing system. Older plumbing and septic tanks, it’s a no-no. But most modern plumbing can handle tampons.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 10:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   Macca

      AP: no.
      Tampons never go in the toilet. Doesn’t matter the plumbing, they don’t go in there.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 10:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   The Elf

      Are going to have this discussion again? Because for the record, my tampons are outdoor-only and vegan.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 11:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.4   kermit

      Obviously we have to have this discussion frequently. Evidently there is a segment of the population that thinks modern plumbing can handle anything and everything. If these people wind up as guests in your home, they’re likely to screw up your plumbing, hence the need to get the word out.

      Any moment now I’m expecting somebody to say that they flushed their dead Saint Bernard down the toilet, because hey modern plumbing means that the toilet is just a vortex that can handle anything.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 11:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.5   H for Toy

      Goldfish, Saint Bernard… What’s the difference? Eh, don’t ask me, though, I’m the idiot the tried to flush half a pot roast.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.6   kermit

      Heaven help you if you ever install an electric garbage disposal thing in the kitchen sink.

      If you manage to stuff a pot roast down one of those things, the plumber will probably give you some kind of medal.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.7   H for Toy

      I’ll try not to take that as a dare, kermit.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.8   kermit

      *in Seinfeld Elaine voice*

      What are you, yella? Think of it as a challenge. Video the whole thing and sell it as an instructional video to plumbing apprentices.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.9   Jami

      @AP – This again?

      TAMPONS AND PADS NEVER GET FLUSHED! I don’t care if some evil menses vampire is stalking you and tossing them in the trash will give them a clear trail. NO FLUSHING!

      There’s this little gooseneck part in all plumbing – sinks, toilets, showers, etc. – to help keep smells and stuff from coming back up. Tampons and pads will get stuck in there and swell up. Then you have to have someone snake the drain and that can be expensive.

      STOP FLUSHING TAMPONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just let the vampire catch you already.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   redheadwglasses

    Even when I had a garbage disposal, I didn’t put food down it on purpose. I just used it to grind up what got past the strainer. Scraping food into the garbage can isn’t that difficult. Soup, cold cereal? So pour off the liquid (even through a colander) and then dump the solids into the garbage. Save your pipes!

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Beatus Mongous

      Proper use of a good quality garbage disposal will allow you to grind up just about anything, even bones, to fine enough particles to be able to go down the drain without plugging it up and without causing problems. Of course, to help with smells, toss in a lemon or some lemon rinds when you are done.

      Kind of creepy, isn’t it?

      Feb 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   redheadwglasses

    Re: Paper towels: We (engineering firm) worked on a lawsuit in which a restaurant had to close early on New Year’s Eve because sewage was backing up through the floor drains and into the restaurant, because another business (a gym/fitness center) in the building had run out of TP and had set out paper towels for clients to use instead pf TP. Restaurant sued gym not only for damages, but lost revenue from the night, and won.

    Feb 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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