A broken toilet

My family and I just went to a big cookout to celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer. There were probably twenty or twenty-five families in attendance, and my friend Shelly hosted the party. The weather outside was very nice, and we had the usual cookout food like hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and a great big tray of veggies and dip. The kids played games and the grown-ups sat around and talked about sports and vacation plans. Everything was going along really well until one of the younger kids came out the house and said that the toilet in the upstairs bathroom was broken. I’m not sure what he meant by broken, but Shelly went upstairs to check on the toilet situation and suddenly she started yelling at the top of her lungs for her husband to call the emergency plumbing company immediately. Apparently this unattended little kid had stuffed towels and washcloths and all kinds of toilet paper down into the toilet and the toilet was overflowing and flooding the entire upstairs bathroom and most of the hallway as well. Shelly said she tried to turn the cutoff valve for the bathroom pipes, but for some reason the water just kept on coming out! By the time the emergency plumbing maintenance guy got to the house with his truck and his tools, the entire hallway was soaked in water and the cookout had come to an end. At least the little boy’s parents offered to pay Shelly and her husband to reimburse them for the plumbing bills and the carpet cleaning fees.

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