Archive for Saturday, February 7, 2009

To the cleaners

February 7, 2009


To the editor:

Talk about student pricing! I just returned from Flagstaff Ariz. Yes, a “resort” community. Staffed laundromat washers were available for $1.75 in clean locations where everything worked as expected.

I went to three local laundromats to get some clothes cleaned when I returned. The first two locations charged $4.25 per load! The washer I selected took $4 in quarters and reset to the original $4.25 charge. I looked for a telephone number — none posted. There was a sign to fill out a form describing problems and losses and I luckily found the last one stuffed in the bottom of the “problem” box. Then I noticed a sign on the wall that “refunds aren’t considered priority.” Nice.

I then went to a third location where the equipment worked and was priced at $1.25 per load. Much nicer. But the restroom was “out of service.”

Now all of this occurred last week. Friday, I returned to the less expensive laundromat, and the restroom was still “out of service.” Sounds to me like someone doesn’t want to clean anything. Oh well, it is, after all, Lawrence where price and service don’t matter much.

John Hamm,
Baldwin City


hawklet21 9 years, 1 month ago

Frank's on Sixth and Arkansas isn't bad and neither is the one across from LHS.There. I gave you the advice you should have asked your friends for, instead of writing a pointless LTE. If this is all that's wrong in your life, you're blessed.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 1 month ago

Left-wingers don't so much hate cleanliness as that squeaky sound conservatives make in lieu of coming clean.

labmonkey 9 years, 1 month ago

hawklet-Sometimes when businesses practice bad business practices (say that ten times really fast), they deserve some bad publicity which is what this letter writer is doing. Laundarymats in Lawrence in general suck, or at least they did when I lived there. Thinking back to those days makes me appriciate my washer and dryer even more now.

mr_economy 9 years, 1 month ago

To give you a little perspective, after paying 4.5 Euros per wash load (which is about 1/3 to 1/2 the size of a standard US wash load) at the only laundromat in my town here in France, every single homeless-person infested laundromat in Lawrence looks like heaven to me.Although I do remember my first experience with an off-campus Lawrence laundromat - 9th & Illinois in Lawrence. There was a drunk homeless man with the worst case of eye disease I've ever seen (his eye was LEAKING puss) who was accosting everyone there, eventually leading to another drunk homeless guy fighting him and the police being called. Should have taken the veteran roomie's advice and never been there after dark...

1wetwilly 9 years, 1 month ago

There are "prominent" citizens that own some of those laundry dives around well as the more distgusting fast food franchises, flea-bag hotels, rip-off car washes, dirty & high priced convenient store/gas stations, too.

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