Those who know me know very well that I’m a big fan of When Crazy Meets Exhaustion. She’s one of my blogging idols. I’m especially fond of her Oversharing series, because we all know how little that I overshare… The most recently documented embarrassing situation here was by another one of my favorite bloggers, Dani Ryan from Cloudy, With A Chance of Wine. Without giving too much away, there was a phone call made to the toll free number on the the back of the tampon box.
That got the idea diarrhea going full force. First I wondered this: How does one get a job as a “tampon support person”? Obviously there is a need for such a position! But just the thought… How do they do that? Is there an ad in the paper? Do they just outright advertise for the position, or is it one of those “secret” jobs that they don’t actually indicate what it’s for?
Help Wanted: Tampax Customer Service
Description: We are looking for an person with knowledge and enthusiasm about menses! Do you love tampons? Do you approach periods with perkiness? Do you like vaginas? Then you need to apply with us! Come work in our period friendly environment. One of our perks is that our operators work only seven days a month!
Minimum qualifications: Must know what a tampon is and where it goes.
Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. Working knowledge of the vagina a plus. Experience in search and retrieval helpful.
Then I wondered about the possible hierarchy of the organization. Was tampon support something that people work up to? Do they start out in pantiliners? If you are in the Overnight Maxipad department have you hit the padded ceiling (which would be like a glass ceiling, but a little different)?
After all of these thoughts were done invading my mind, I started looking at the backs of all the products that we have. Sure enough, almost every one of them has some sort of toll free number that you can call. The thought of this rendered me incapable of doing pretty much anything the rest of the night, mainly because the conversations that could be happening on some of these hotlines. Oh.My.Gawd.
You can call the number on the back of your toothpaste. I’m actually surprised that my kids haven’t done this, because toothpaste seems to be somewhat of a challenging thing in my house. It’s all related to the squeezing. Even if they can get it out, there’s a permanent giant toothpaste glob stuck on the end that all of the other toothpaste that has yet to come out either has to go around or through. Beautiful toothpaste art. It makes me think that maybe there is an online tutorial for squeezing your toothpaste.
Toilet Paper Hotline
On the same token as the tampons, there is also a toll free number that you can dial if you’re having trouble with your toilet paper. I imagine not only is this a shitty job, I doubt that many people call with positive things to say. Really, who is going to call and say “I wanted someone to know that this is the best my butt has felt in YEARS!”
It’s probably more like people calling to say things like “DAMN your toilet paper sucks! I used sand paper yesterday and I couldn’t tell the difference..”
Or “I don’t understand this whole wiping thing. Is there some kind of step by step process you can walk me through?”
On the back of Budweiser products there is 1-800-DIAL-BUD. This I find extremely funny, and I’m not surprised that I know this because I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time reading the backs of alcohol bottles, especially the warnings, aloud to other people because I’m weird like that. Somehow I think that people that choose to utilize this would not do it in the manner for which it was intended.
“Duuuuuuuuuuuude. I can’t open my beer! Help!”
“I dunno what to do, man. My friend is passed out behind the toilet. Yeah, BEHIND it!”
(True story. I wasn’t there, but according to my husband this is totally true.)
And for the record, there is no helpline on the back of underwear. So if you can’t get your underwear on, you’re just screwed. No help for you!
Just so you understand my case here, these are not necessarily original thoughts. While all thoughts used in this article are my own, Ellen Degeneres did her own take on this stuff. Because I love her and someday hope that she and I’ll get to hang out, I’m going to share it here:
Have you ever called a product support line? Is there something that you saw the number on the back of and it the possible scenarios made your life more interesting? Please share with me-I’d love to hear it!