Darn You Tootsie Roll Pop!

What is the worst possible thing that could happen when you’re babysitting?  Ok… FAR worse things could happen but tonight was pretty bad!  The kiddos were great, aside from telling me 1 hour past their bedtime that they had to shower tonight or their Mom would kill them. So if the kiddos were great, you’re probably asking what went wrong…

Well tonight I asked the Mom if I could do some laundry while I as over.  I’ve done my laundry there many times, so I didn’t think this time would be any different.  I threw my laundry in the wash, threw in some soap, and headed back upstairs to chill with the kids.  45 minutes later I headed downstairs to move my laundry to the dryer and what do I see???

water everywhere!!

The large sink that the washing machine drains into was completely clogged and water had spilled all over the floor and into the finished basement.  The carpet was SOAKED!!

So I do what any person would do, I stick my hand in the clogged sink to see if there’s anything in there… and what do I find??  A TOOTSIE ROLL POP WRAPPER.  The gosh darn wrapper got stuck in the drain and clogged the entire sink!!  There had to of been 1-2 full loads of water on the basement floor.

I of course flipped my lid.  What was I going to do?  What had I done?  I was now sweating profusely, thinking of how much money it is going to cost them to replace the carpet.  I didn’t know whether to call the parents or to wait until I got home, so I called the Boyfriend.  He calmed me down and we decided it’d be best for me to text the Mom that there was “no emergency” but to call when  she was able.

After that I headed downstairs to soak up some water.  I looked for towels but then I saw the holy grail…. SHAMWOWS!! Oh yeah, that’s right, they had shamwow pads in their house!!  It soaked up a ton of water and helped a little bit.

In the end, it all worked out.  The parents came home (never saw my text) and were totally cool about it.  They said it happens all the time.  I hope I didn’t cause too much damage.  Darn you tootsie roll pop wrapper. WHAT. A. NIGHT!!

Did anything horrible ever happen to you’ve when you babysat?  or when you’ve had a babysitter?


One Response

  1. When I was in the hospital just before I had the twins, my sister-in-law decided she was going to be helpful and throw in some laundry at my house for me. The sink was clogged (with grease because hubby puts it down the drain), and same thing, water everywhere. We don’t have a rug in our basement (thank goodess), but she was freaking out thinking I was going to be mad! And she was just trying to help! Roto-Rooter came and fixed the plug, and some towels and air-drying helped the floor. LOL. Funny memory!

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