However, I do seem to see the same behaviors from Laundry Matt patrons during each visit and I thought I'd share a little pop quiz with you to see if you follow (or would follow) the same Laundry Matt Etiquette as I follow. **LM stands for Laundry Matt**
1.) Which day of the week is the LM typically the busiest?
2.) If you and another patron arrive at the same time but there are
limited washers available you should:
a.) Rush in and put all your clothes in first
b.) Use profanity loudly and then leave with out doing your laundry
c.) Ask the other patron is they want to combine their laundry with yours
d.) Start by putting 1 or 2 loads in and then wait for others to become
available leaving some open for the other patron
3.) True or False: It is OK to leave your clothes in a washer/ dryer unattended.
4.) If a washer/ dryer isn't working you should:
a.) kick it
b.) Put a "Out of Order" sign on it
c.) sit back and watch other dummies try and use it
5.) True or False: If someone has left their clothes unattended you have universal rights to take their stuff out and put your own in.
6.) True or False: If there are multiple patrons waiting for dryers you should try to consolidate your loads to free up dryers for others.
7.) True or False: You should hog the carts provided by the LM and watch other people struggle to carry their clothes from one end of the room to the other by the armful.
8.) True or False: You should leave your old dryer sheets in the dryer for the next person.
9.) True or False: If you spill something like detergent, you should leave it for someone else to slip on or put their hand in on accident.
10.) True or False: The 3 second rule applies to clothing you drop on the LM floor EXCEPT if you drop underwear crotch side down.
BONUS QUESTION: True or False: If you are germ-a-phobic you should use public Laundry Matts because no one ever does anything gross or disgusting in there.
1.) Yes, Sunday is typically the busiest day at the LM. There is no good time either..it's busy all day.
2.) The answer is d.) Start with 1 or 2 loads and then wait for others to become available leaving some open for the other patron. I have seen people do A and B...but I just made up C, I think I would throw up if I witnessed that. I also have asked other patrons entering at the same time as me how many washers they need...I'm not afraid to talk to people, and they seem to appreciate my courtesy.
3.) True- but I wouldn't advise it. Not only are you leaving your clothes open for theft, but if you don't return by the time they are done you will likely piss off the people who are waiting on your machines.
4.) The answer is b.) put an 'Out of Order" sign on it. Or, if they don't have signs available, stand by and advise people that it is broken before they attempt to use it. However, if you tell someone it's broken and then they insist on "trying it" anyway-then you have permission to laugh.
5.) FALSE- Under no circumstances should you ever touch someone else's clothes.
6.) TRUE- I always try and combine loads of laundry when drying when people are waiting, it's just the polite thing to do. I even think maybe others will follow my lead after seeing me do it...but they often don't.
7.) FALSE- the carts are not intended as your purse hanger or laundry bag holder! Use them as needed and then share!
8.) FALSE- if you put it in the dryer-you should take it out of the dryer.
9.) FALSE- You spill it, you clean it.
10.) I will leave this one up to you. I don't care about a shirt sleeve, sock, or a pant leg hitting the floor...but if the undies touch the floor, they go back into the dirty laundry pile. Thankfully I have enough to last a month.
BONUS QUESTION: Nope, germ-a-phobic people should probably not use the laundry matt. If you freak out about shopping cart handles, door knobs, salad bar utensils, or other germ carrying sites then you probably shouldn't use the public laundry matt. I watched a women none night take FOREVER doing her laundry because she cleaned the washer then dried the washer then put her clothes in and made sure it didn't touch the sides and then used a paper toweled hand to touch every surface...how can you live like that? I get germs sneezed and coughed on me all day, the last thing I'm worried about is a dryer handle!
Hope you enjoyed the comedy that is my daily life! Until next time, thanks for reading!