Monday, January 05, 2009


Today has been one of my 'crazy karma' days. Yeah, one of those days when ridiculous things just "happen" to me... well hey, my Grandmother was a Murphy (see Murphy's Law).

I was about to leave for lunch today, when I decided to stop into the bathroom (a.k.a. "Loo", "John", "Toilet" etc), for a quick pee and hand wash before going forth.

Now, I am not one of those annoying freaks who sit in the bathroom and talk on their cellphone (sorry if you are one of those freaks, to each his own but just so you know it annoys the piss out of people *no pun intended*). I simply had my cellphone in my jacket pocket in case someone tried to reach me, in which case I would've waited until I left the bathroom and called them back. Sure I should have kept it in my purse pocket, but hey, I've never had a problem before, so I thought nothing of it.

Everything is dripping along fine, I grab a piece of toilet paper and do the womanly thing. Then just as I crank the lever on the john, I see something metallic pink go flying into the bowl, and with the water pressure in a big building like ours, it flushed immediately. There was no chance for retrieval.

My first concern was, well someone getting hold of the phone and getting numbers, or info or seeing my pictures and videos. Then I started thinking. It flushed from the 32nd floor, didn't even hesitate or try to get stuck, just flew right down. Therefore, it probably went whooshing straight into the Memphis Sewer System. I was totally distressed. I ran back to the office and told my team leads, and they both enjoyed a great laugh at my expense.

I don't know if I should alert maintenance or not, just in case of any problems with the system, but I guess it is long gone. If it was not a crappy phone already, it surely went to shit now (Who knows what kind of weirdos might could get hold of it in the Sewer!)-->

"A Pink Razor!!! It's my LUCKY day!!!
Hope She Has Unlimited Long Distance!!!"

Once I returned from lunch and gathered my thoughts, I went online and checked out any discounted deals I could get from replacing my phone with an upgrade (which I was eligible for). I got a refurb. Blackberry on its way, and I didn't have to pay anything for the upgrade. I figure that it is o.k. being refurbished, and I got free shipping so I can't beat that. It's also thicker so that next time this freak accident happens (and I hope that day won't come), it will not be as likely to go surfing with ease.

Curiosity got to me, so I looked online for articles of this sort, and it seems that millions of people have dropped their cell in toilets worldwide. I even ran across a case where a man's arm got stuck in the toilet while reaching for the phone. No thank you, Especially a public toilet... My phone is not worth the disgusting nature of that call. I wonder though, just how many cell phones are in the sewer system?

Sure did start out to be a 'crappy' day. But now, there's nothing else for me to do but wait for my new phone to arrive. It should be here in a couple days, but until then I'll be dialing back to the dark ages I guess. Take a lesson from me, and watch your celly in the john, and for god's sake, please don't chat on the phone in a public bathroom... It's just gross.


Chelly said...

Oh no, poor Jackie! Did the toilet overflow?

I love reading your adventures--you never disappoint. Of course, now I'm going to be extra careful with my cell phone :)

Jay said...

I actually know a couple of people who have done this same thing. I even know one guy who dropped his iPhone that he had had for only 2 days in the toilet. I can understand people's obsession with their cell phones, but not to the extent that they have them with them in toilet. That's when you know you have a problem. LOL

Furtheron said...

Jesus now I have something else to worry about when in the loo... Being a self conscious Brit I have enough complexes to deal with anyway... :-) Lol!

Anonymous said...

Ah haha! That's really funny! Loved the random clown "I hope she has long distance!" haha!
Also,for the record, I don't talk & tinkle. :)

Tink said...

That's crazy that it went straight down! I think for your next phone you should get something a little wider. Maybe measure the toilet hole before purchasing? ;)