Example: [Brunvand, 1986]
A toilet kept backing up in someone's house, and no matter how hard the husband plied the plunger or how much drain opener he poured down it, the problem persisted. Finally he called a plumber to open up the line and free the obstruction for him.
The plumber soon solved the problem, but warned the guy that he shouldn't dispose of used condoms in the toilet or he'd continue to have struck drains. But the man was amazed; he never used condoms.
He confronted his wife with the mystery, and she confessed that she had been having an affair with the milkman. So the next day the husband stayed home, ambushed the milkman, and shot him. Or rather he killed the substitute milkman who was on duty that day.
Origins: Another tale of the feckless adulterer found out (with a stock folkloric ending demonstrating the perils of seeking revenge), this legend has been circulating since at least the late 1950s.
One of our readers asserts he saw it happen around 1983 while supervising the pumping out of a septic tank:
I later learned that the tank had been last pumped only two years prior to my inspection, and that the wife had had her "tubes tied" for at least several years prior to that. They were the only two people to have lived in the house during that time. You do the math!
Sightings: This legend was used as a plot device in the 1959 novel The Devil in Bucks County.
Last updated: 1 July 2007
Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Mexican Pet. New York: W. W. Norton, 1986. ISBN 0-393-30542-2 (p. 132).