Facebook user Matthew Zachary Liu shared that his toilet bowl choked and it wouldn’t flush anything down, and he eventually called for a plumber after his Google searches for solutions turned up with nothing.
The plumber solved his problem in 5 minutes and Liu was then charged $100, and he said that he doesn’t know “whether to laugh or cry”.
Here is what he said
So my toilet bowl choked.
It wouldn’t flush anything down and kept threatening to overflow instead.
First thing I did as I guess most people would.. I went to consult google.
“How to fix a choked toilet bowl”
And I tried literally whatever suggestions they gave.
Pour hot water.
Pour liquid to loosen whatever may be stuck below.
Pump the damn hole.
I even attempted to dismantle the whole toilet bowl.
At this point, I’d either get a broken shit throne or a flooded toilet.
So I called for professional help instead.
Plumber came, used his tools, poked the hole five times, flushed twice.. problem solved.
In 5 minutes.
And he billed me $100.
I swear, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
But that’s how it is.. we can spend time making (or learning from) our own mistakes / google or we can hire experts to solve the problems for us but it’s always going to come at a price.
Because with professionals, whether a plumber, photographer, doctor or basically whatever.. we’re not simply “paying for their time”, we’re paying them a premium because they have the experience, skill, solution to serve or solve whatever we may be seeking.
If they can do it in 5 minutes, it’s because they are damn good at what they do and deserve whatever they charge.