Tongs were too big to grab the cup without hitting the sides of the disposal chute. I tried spreading my fingers inside the cup and exerting force outward to lift it up (if that makes any sense), but it slipped away every time. My father-in-law suggested "reverse pliers," which sound like they would work...provided you have a pair and can identify them among the other pliers in the toolbox. In a fit of desperation, I even tried a toilet plunger.
Finally I just walked away, resigned to calling my landlord the next day.
And I think walking away is what finally did the trick. That and a pair of tweezers. When I came back for one last attempt before going to bed, the cup and the sink had dried out so I could actually grip the glass with my fingertips and get it at least partway up the disposal chute. Then I slipped a pair of tweezers into the very narrow space between the glass and disposal chute wall, grabbed it closer to the base, and lifted the glass out.
I could hardly believe it worked. And add another point in favor of tweezers in the kitchen.
Has something like this ever happened to you? What did you do?
(Image: Emma Christensen)