My friend Rob works in a bar that I like to frequent which was recently forced to close for the night because the toilets were all clogged up. Rob made a disparaging comment about how it was probably a woman flushing a tampon down the toilet, which I argued with him about. I even bet him that most women know better than to flush tampons down the toilet, being as we all experience regularly how they expand with moisture and are designed, in effect, to clog up plumbing.
I was wrong. I owe Rob drinks, but furthermore, this is a message for the apparent hordes of women out there who seriously, regularly flush (or attempt to flush) tampons down the toilet. My God, woman, stop! Wrap it up, throw it in the trash (as the box tells you to).
I mean, for real, the plumber charged the bar $500 just for the gross-out factor of rooting through literally hundreds of used tampons that had been rotting in the system for what one assumes was many months. This indicates that there is a serious free-rider problems -- you are all figuring that you're the only one doing it and just one won't hurt anything. Well, unless you all stop, you are not all the only one doing it. Seriously, trash can. Look into it. Please. I need to drink.