You’re on a first date, and things are going well. You head back to their place and make a beeline for the bathroom—public restrooms can be gross, so you’ve been holding it in for a while. You poop and flush the toilet, but it’s clogged. Gasp. This is the stuff of nightmares. We have plenty of advice for covering up a poop smell, but what are you supposed to do when the toilet won’t flush and there’s no plunger in sight? Call a plumber?!

Makela, a Toronto native who uses the handle @_blotty on Twitter, took matters into her own hands (literally). Here is her gripping story: