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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Homeless Shelter Flood

Emergency call came at the crack of 9:00 a.m. from the substitute shelter manager.

"There's been some sort of disaster, the toilet overflowed, the workers cleaned it up, but there's still water on the carpet."

Oh the humanity.

Then the church janitor reported "toilet paper in the sanctuary!"

Good grief. How bad was the damage, and what the heck's going on.

"sinks plugged too"

Wow, sounds serious.

We go running over to see what is going on. By now it turns out to be simply a plugged toi-toi, easily plunged out, and hair in the P-trap.

No mention of the tp in the sanctuary. I'm imagining some old lady spilling her purse out to find a bit of Kleenex to dab at the eyes after an especially moving choir number?

Just another chapter in my book about janitors who don't know what a toilet auger is.

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