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Woman falls headfirst into pit toilet trying to fetch cell phone

What would you do if you dropped your cell phone into a pit toilet? Fetch it? That’s what one woman attempted recently. The results, you will likely agree, were not pretty.

The Brinnon Fire Department and Quilcene Fire Rescue on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula responded to the top of Mount Walker on April 19, where a woman in her 40s had reportedly fallen into a Forest Service vault toilet.

The woman, they learned, was alone and had dropped her cell phone into the toilet. In trying to fetch it, she removed the toilet seat to improve access. Then she used dog leashes to help support herself, but they failed and she fell headfirst into the slop.

After 15-20 minutes of attempting to climb out, she used her rescued phone to call 911. Upon arrival, the rescuers made a makeshift cribbing platform for her to stand on, which enabled them to pull her to safety.

The woman was strongly encouraged to seek medical attention after being exposed to human waste, but said she only wanted to go home. The rescuers washed her down and provided a Tyvek suit to wear and she went on her way.

SOURCE: Brinnon Fire Department

RELATED: Last December we polled RVtravel.com readers to ask them: “If you accidentally dropped your wallet into an outhouse toilet, would you try to retrieve it?” Find out how more than 2,200 of them responded.

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OafDawg
5 months ago

Before I retired as an ODNR Park Officer I caught some guy down in the pit toilet on the men’s side. He said he dropped his wallet and went down to retrieve it. After talking with him for a while he changed his story. Evidently he climbed down through the access hatch used to pump it out in order to spy on the men when they used the facilities. I placed him in the back seat of the cruiser and took him to the county jail with my head out the window the entire way. At the jail they hosed him down and had the jail trustees scrub the back seat of my cruiser. I ended up taking him to a mental health facility about 50 miles away that night after he was scrubbed and given a jail uniform to wear.

Alan Figone
5 months ago

Good thing Samsung is waterproof…

Alan Figone
5 months ago

Please don’t tell me she is Blonde..

Donald N Wright
5 months ago

Hmm, what a good place to hide from a bear. I hope she is ok.

Uncle Swags
5 months ago

We have clearly passed the point where technological change has adversely effected human evolution. DEVO were right. I hope they charged her iWallet for the cost of the rescue.

Jeff
5 months ago

It amazes me that people can’t put their phone away for 2 minutes to go to the bathroom. I just shake my head when I see a guy standing at the urinal looking at his phone.

Snayte
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Most likely what happened was that she had her phone in her back pocket and when she dropped her pants to use the toilet it fell out. It is a pretty common thing actually.

Joe
5 months ago

I have $10.00 to bet that she wears a mask while driving her car alone!

Rick W.
5 months ago

There’s a lot of crappy comments on here!

Suru
5 months ago

Oh, that poor woman! That experience could traumatize someone for life!

mimi
5 months ago

NO phone is worth THAT experience!!

GWM
5 months ago
Reply to  mimi

Like the old joke used to be years ago: A man saw another man throw a $10.00 bill into an “outhouse” toilet and asked the other “Why did you throw a $10.00 bill into the toilet?” Well answered the first man, “Well, I dropped a $10.00 bill in there first and wasn’t going to fish it out for only $10.00!” Just saying!!

Michael L
5 months ago

I had an IPhone 7+ fall into a porta potty in January 2017. I had it in hand to turn on the flashlight to see what I was doing, and it fell into the waste tank, with the light shining upward (so I could still see what I was doing!). It got to 19 degrees that night. The next morning I took a rake down, broke through the ice, and tapped on the bottom of the waste tank until I found the phone and retrieved it using the rake. I put it into a doggie poo bag. A friend of mine cleaned it, treated it with Clorox and plugged it in to charge. I used that phone 2 more years until I got an 8+

Gary Broughton
5 months ago

I’d been gagging and pucking.

Gary
5 months ago
Reply to  Gary Broughton

I hate it when I puck.

Bill Braniff
5 months ago

Uhhh, possibly this lady should not be hiking alone or even going to the grocery store alone? I hope her phone was one of those 24K phones the Arab Emirates use, cause no phone in the world is worth a trip to the inside of an outdoor toilet.

Bob p
5 months ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

Washington is another one of those states like CA, and as the saying goes You Can’t Fix Stupid! She probably stopped at McDonald’s on the way home for a Big Mac.

BILLY Bob Thronton
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Please tell me she washed her hands.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Hey, Bob. Are you saying Washingtonians are stupid? This lifelong Washingtonian (since 1946) and other Washingtonians, including several at RVtravel.com, don’t appreciate that comment. Just keep in mind … I’m the one who corrects the most-glaring typos in your comments so other commenters won’t make fun of you. Just sayin’. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

👍👍

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Thanks, Tom. Have a great day! 😀 –Diane, a proud Washingtonian 😉

Nicholas
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

As a native Washingtonian, I’d say your ignorance is showing Bob.

Cat
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Once again, open mouth insert both feet. No need to insult CA or WA. I’m sure this woman is humiliated enough.