@_chrismay I live in a house that is more than a century old. So I worry that the plunger might burst the ancient pipes or the draino will dissolve the sediment that is all that is holding them together. But, luckily this has not yet happened.
@_chrismay The liquid plumbr I used last night said it was specifically for slow drains and to let it sit for an hour before flushing with water. Use gloves when pouring it, though. It apparently causes chemical burns if touched.
@_chrismay The first thing to do is use a plunger on the drain. Get a fair amount of water and go crazy with it. If that doesn't help, get the draino of liquid plumbr stuff. Plan C is call the landlord. :-)
@doctorlinguist It really demonstrates how dysfunctional our business culture has become that somebody being generous to those he works with and relies on is controversial. The business ideal shouldn't be screwing over those around you as much as possible.
@doctorlinguist Or that others were sure that this would lead to price increases even though his total expenses didn't seem to rise. And there was explicit talk of solidarity with owners fearing that his actions would mean they had to pay higher wages too.
@doctorlinguist It was striking to me how much there was an intense class consciousness in the reactions. How some thought that giving a raise would make employees lose their 'hustle' instead of make them dedicated, for examle.