Just as Mickey Mouse as Disney but without any of the fun.

kee-reist, our bathroom stinks

It's been bad for awhile, but this is getting out of hand. I'm surprised the paint hasn't peeled off the walls. Management has gotten several complaints about it, so they bought a case of air freshener.
Now the place smells like someone shit in a pine tree.
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 19th, 2006
If there's a floor drain, dump a couple of gallons of water down it. The U-trap might have dried out from the lack of humidity during the winter heating season, allowing sewer gases to escape.

Or tell your coworkers to stop eating beans.
;-)
Permalink example 
January 19th, 2006
My advice is to eat more fibre.

My employer recently embarked on a cost cutting exercise (due in part to an ongoing investigation by the industry regulator and the Serious Fraud Office, the details of which I'm forbidden on threat of death to even think about considering speculating about) and decided to stop refilling the air fresheners in the toilets. The whole building has, over the past two months, taken on the faint smell of week old shit, and as shop steward I'm currently canvassing members on the possibility of industrial action, or at the least all taking a crap in a box and posting it to the director.
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 19th, 2006
Bottle of Pine-O-Clean costs $3.24.

Put it on Petty Cash ...
Permalink trollop 
January 19th, 2006
Petty cash? What's that?
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 19th, 2006
Example,
It's for sure the u-trap. Trouble is flushing it doesn't seem to help. This is a bigger, call-a-plumber type of problem... sigh.
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 19th, 2006
"Petty cash? What's that?"
Sundry expenses, not requiring a receipt.
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 19th, 2006
I know what it is, it's just that I've not seen any for a while due to the cost-cutting. These days you almost have to put in a business case to get a pad of PostIts from the stationery cupboard...

(I removed the obvious sarcasm indicators from my post in an attempt to emphasise matters, so it's probably my fault.)
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 19th, 2006
You just have to imagine everything everyone here says in a dull, half-lidded monotone. It's the only way anything around here makes any sense.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 19th, 2006
Sorry, I should have realised that costcutting starts at the bottom, in days of yore we were expected to front up with an exhausted Biro before a reissue could be sanctioned and there was a similar rule for a minimum pencil length ...

+1 for the bucket of water into the floor waste inlet (if applic) to restore the fluid seal.
Permalink trollop 
January 19th, 2006
> Petty cash? What's that?

Where I work it is what we call "salary".
Permalink  
January 20th, 2006
A box of Arm And Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda, and a half-gallon of Vinegar.

Put a half of the box down the offending drain. Run a little water down it to wash the bicarb into the joint. Then pour a pint of vinegar down on top of it. Wait a few minutes, rinse with about a quart of water.

Then repeat the above.

The resulting reaction releases carbon dioxide gas, which 'bubbles' at the blockage/offending material. This tends to dislodge it.

And if it doesn't work, your bathroom smells like vinegar, not poop, which is usually an improvement.
Permalink AllanL5 
January 20th, 2006
I'd be careful w/ the baking soda vinegar combo, that's how we used to make 'volcanos' when I was a kid. If there's some blockage or it's a narrow pipe you might have a surprise coming back up at ya!
Permalink B-Side 
January 20th, 2006
I appreciate the well-intended replies, really I do, but that wasn't the point of post. I should elaborate:
It's not my job to clean the drains in the bathroom. Coming from a blue-collar background, I certainly don't consider it beneath me to do so; it's just not my job. I have other things to do. It's management's job to make sure that the veneer of civility is intact in the workplace. It's their responsibility to get a plumber out to fix it, and they are not doing their job. So, arg...
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 20th, 2006
Ah. So like a woman, what you want is sympathy for your bitching, not a solution to your problem.

:-)
Permalink Generic Error 
January 20th, 2006
I once worked in an office above a Health and Food Control Agency.

Sometimes they would proces a load of rotten meat. No toiletsmell comes close to what came up the stairs then.
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 20th, 2006
"So like a woman"
I *am* a woman, dunderhead.
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 20th, 2006
Figures.
Permalink Generic Error 
January 20th, 2006
Ha ha, made you look!
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 20th, 2006

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