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Laundromats

February 11th, 2007 at 04:45 pm

Today was another laundry day. Fun, fun, fun.

Have you ever noticed that laundromats have an abundance of the large capacity washers ($2.25/load) that are almost never full, but the normal capacity washers ($1/load) are nearly impossible to find one, let alone two that are available? (Holy run on sentence - yikes!)

And is it just me, or is it a purposeful ploy to not have enough laundry carts for everyone to use?

Have you ever noticed (or maybe this is just in Texas) that the only station on the tv is some Spanish language station played at extreme volume. But of course the screen can't be seen by the majority of the people in the laundromat.

Why is it that parents feel comfortable letting their barely toddling children have free range throughout the laundromat where numerous strangers go in and out constantly?

And is it just me, or does the price of the dryer correlate directly to how clean or grossly unclean the bathroom is?

I'm thinking that I'm going to have to come up with a good reason to make another visit to my mom and stepdad's before my next laundry day.

Signed,

Throughly sick and tired of using laundromats and longing for the day of living somewhere with my very own washer and dryer again.

6 Responses to “Laundromats”

  1. cindilee Says:

    My stores all have an attached laundry room. The large washing machines (wascomats) are the most used in our laundry! You can fit 3 regular loads in them. We also have no televisions in ours but if we did, no doubt there it would be on the spanish station as we are only two miles from Mexico!

  2. baselle Says:

    Used laundromats when I lived in Tucson - spanish language station too. And the magazines were hit and miss. My issues with dryers are that the clothes are either quite damp or cooked.

  3. fern Says:

    Ah, yes, i remember the good old days at the laundromat. So glad i don't hve to do that anymore.

  4. D Says:

    This is my first visit to your blog, you pulled me in with the laundromat rant.

    I own and operate a laundry in Illinois. We have a t.v. it isn't on the majority of the time, except when the Bears were playing. :-)

    We do have a large spanish customer base, but the only accomodation I have for them are spanish rules. After all, this is my piece of America, my English world.

    The big boys, as we call those huge front load washers you speak about, are our attempt to conserve energy, save the earth and save customer dollars. Our big boys fit 3 times what a top loader holds. They can be filled for $3.50 saving $1.75 for the same 3 loads in a top loader. They are high efficiency using less gas, water and electricity. They also use less soap (soft water) saving the customer even more dollars.

    Our laundry is attended always, we do threaten to sell children as slaves, when parents do not tend to them. This and my rather loud, stop them in their tracks, voice -keep things more doable for the other patrons.

    Dryer time in my store should be adjusted, I guess. Because my bathroom is clean. It is cleaned at regular intervals all day long.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Cindylee and D - It sounds like you two run laundromats I wouldn't mind making use of. Smile
    I don't really mind the Spanish station on the tv - I usually bring a book and tune out on whatever noise is around me.

    What really bugs me is the *few* times I have *had* to use the restroom in one of the laundromats, they invariably are out of toilet paper and handtowels, or someone has made a mess on the toilet seat or the floor. Which is what happened yesterday - the restroom was out of any paper products AND there was a nasty mess both on the toilet seat and the floor! Thankfully there was a gas station very nearby.

  6. cindilee Says:

    frugaltexan....no doubt the restrooms are hard to keep clean when the laundromat is very busy and we get our share of messes on the toilet seats and sometimes all over the walls as well.........makes you wonder about some humans...they act like animals or even worse! Thankfully we are staffed to check ours every 30 mins to an hour!

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