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Sunday night laundry room showdown

December 12th, 2011 · 114 comments

Emily in Michigan happens to go to the university with the largest residence hall system in the U.S., and the Sunday-night scene in the dorm laundry room can be, well, a bit of a shit show.

This is the scene Emily came across one such Sunday:

Sunday night laundry room showdown

And underneath…

Whoever took my clothes out of this dryer: It takes me HOURS to do laundry. I sanitize every washing machine + dryer with Lysol before I use it, + take great pains to not let my clothes touch anything in this room

ESPECIALLY the floor or table. By dumping my clean laundry on the table, you have completely disrespected my property + privacy (seriously, don't touch someone's underwear?!?) Please don't touch other people's shit again.

(Adds Emily: “The laundry room is very clean, but I guess some people need a little extra.”)

The saga continues when an innocent bystander jumps in to make nice…

While I understand and respect where you're coming from, I do not understand why you would let your clothes sit in the dryer for 15+ minutes when the laundry room is clearly backed up. In other words, be respectful and promptly take care of your shit. :)

Meanwhile, the instigator of all this is not the smiley face type.

To the person who left their clothes in the dryer forever

(just click the image above to enlarge it)

related: To whoever violated my laundry…

FILED UNDER: college life · guilt trip · laundry · Michigan · non-apology apology · note wars · rebuttals · smiley · that's disrespectful · touching

114 responses so far ↓

  • #1   S.A.

    Laundry Nazi got OWNED!

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm   rating: 107  small thumbs up

  • #2   Ellere

    Everybody involved in this is awful.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Flerp


      Dump that shit out.

      Dec 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm   rating: 117  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   jadefirefly

      Aw, hell naw. Anyone doing laundry in a communal facility learns one way or another that unattended shit gets removed from the machines.

      If they’re LUCKY, it gets put somewhere that isn’t covered in filth – like a table.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 12:45 am   rating: 109  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   The Elf

      Damn straight. “Don’t let your laundry sit in the machine…. or else” is the unwritten rule of the communal laundry facility. A fellow laundry room denizen should use other machines when available, but if the only dryer left is the one with clothes just sitting in it, those clothes have now become homeless.

      OCD Laundry Lady needs to start doing her laundry mid-week. I sure as hell would, and I don’t take “hours” to meticulously prep each machine. I just hate crowds and hate waiting.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 6:57 am   rating: 49  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   Rattus

      Nope, the removers are not at all awful. It’s been decades since I’ve had to share laundry facilities and I’m still getting mad thinking about the assholes who put their stuff in, turn the machine on, and then leave for hours. Three words for Pink Note: Bring a book.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 7:30 am   rating: 57  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   braedyn

      You have clearly never had the misfortune of doing laundry in a dorm. It’s a nightmare.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 9:03 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   Noelegy

      Never done laundry in a dorm because I’ve never lived in a dorm, but I do recall communal laundry facilities at the last apartments I lived in, which is why I am grateful that since 1996 or so, I’ve had access to private facilities. I’ll never forget the kids who ran around in the laundry room (as I sat and waited for my laundry, with a book, and a watchful eye) who actually POURED A COKE into my box of detergent while I was up checking on my laundry. Couldn’t find a mom for the little shits; she’d apparently left them to run amok (no doubt told to “watch the laundry while she went back to the apartment).

      Dec 13, 2011 at 11:22 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #2.7   Madrias

      I’d have probably poured a box of Coke-filled detergent over a kid for that one, Noelegy.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #2.8   Angie

      When I was away at college, it was standard practice that if you had to leave the laundry room for any reason, like to get something from your room, you left a sticky note on your machine with your phone number and room number so that people could call you to complain. All of us had a pack of postits in our laundry baskets, just in case.

      Jan 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #3   Bec

    I am on team dump the laundry on the table, just imagine how much extra time ‘pink note’ would have spent cleaning the dryer & washing machines? Then they left their laundry in the dryer 15mins after it had finished. If you have OCD sit in front of the machine until it has finished, then put on your white gloves & extract your clothes with sterilised tongs. Do not ever leave your underwear alone in the laundry room, unless you have to check if you left the iron on, again & again.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm   rating: 176  small thumbs up

  • #4   jay

    Once I left my laundry in a dryer on campus.. It got stolen. Maybe I should have left a sticky note. Instead I learned not to leave my laundry

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   FeRD bang

      If it makes you feel any better, I still get plenty of use out of your underwear!

      Dec 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm   rating: 65  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   The Elf

      Oh, so you were the guy in my dorm who stole bras (and only bras) and then wrote the names of the former owners on the bands? The police said the stains on the insides of the garment indicated that they were used for…. let’s just call it solo performances. I heard you got moved to a different dorm instead of being kicked off campus. I’m sure that solved the problem.

      (Creepy laundry theif never stole my bras, because apparantly he had cup size preferences and mine didn’t “measure up”. But I watched my laundry like a hawk after that.)

      Dec 13, 2011 at 7:02 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #5   Dr. Frank Knight

    Wait a minute…she washes s..t in the laundry room?

    Please pass the Lysol!

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   aliceblue

      I too was confused. How could there be shit in her underwear for people to touch if she’s washed it?

      Dec 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   AuntyBron

      I don’t think Lysol is going to be strong enough.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 12:15 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #6   Chinchillazilla

    Good lord. “I am unreasonable, so you all have to change your reasonable behaviors to accommodate me! Because I’m SPECIAL!”

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm   rating: 124  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   FeRD bang

      Ah, I see you’ve spotted this site’s [un]official motto. :)

      Give thanks for the crazy people, because they are just so damn entertaining!

      Dec 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Nunavut Guy

      Maybe she has a peanut allergy.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 5:58 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #7   Brian H

    If she’s so OCD why couldn’t she have set a timer? Leaving your laundry in the dryer on a busy night for more than 5 minutes means it gets put on the table.

    Also what is her deal? She lysols the machines first? Her problems are bigger than her stuff put on the table.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm   rating: 52  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   FeRD bang

      Yes, but that’s the only one she can blame on someone else! (Unfairly, but why should that matter?)

      Dec 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   jadefirefly

      OBVIOUSLY the things which are used to clean other things are unclean!

      Dec 13, 2011 at 12:46 am   rating: 39  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Bec

      Surely those big dryers get hot enough to kill any germs anyway.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 2:22 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Nunavut Guy

      What about the people allergic to lysol?

      Dec 13, 2011 at 6:04 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   MEEEE

      Actually, it depends on settings and whatnot. One of the dorms that I (thankfully) didn’t live in on my campus had a crabs outbreak that was found to have been spread via the laundry (dryers esp) machines in one set of dorms. Th outbreak affected more than 40 people. I was sooooo happy it wasn’t meeee!

      Dec 13, 2011 at 8:13 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #7.6   candycane

      In my freshmen dorm, there was a website you could use to check the time left on your laundry or see how many machines were open. There were only 8 washers and 10-12 dryers for 19 floors of students, so the site was pretty useful. Pink note is lucky that they even waited out those 15 courtesy minutes.

      Dec 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #8   Jen

    Shit like this is why, if I ever live in an apartment again, it absolutely must have a hookup for an in-suite washer/dryer. I had a lady bitch at me for taking her stuff out and putting it on top of the washing machine, and I told her it was her own fault for leaving in the dryer for half an hour after it was done.

    I also once had someone take my clothes out of the dryer what must have been moments after putting them in and throw them, sopping wet, back into my laundry basket and put THEIR stuff in on MY quarters. When I went back to get my presumably dry clothes and discovered this, I took all of their clothes out and spread them all over the floor, making sure some got into the dirtiest corners, and dried my stuff by hanging it on the balcony.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm   rating: 175  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   The Elf

      I’m with you. I feel a little like Scarlet O’Hara when it comes to apartment living, including communal laundry areas. “As God is my witness, I’ll never live in an apartment again!” (cue intermission).

      Dec 13, 2011 at 7:10 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Karnivax

      If someone’s going to dry their clothes on MY dime, they better not complain when I decide to toss in a Snickers bar.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 8:14 am   rating: 65  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   Chinchillazilla

      I’d skip the Snickers bar and go straight for poop.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #9   quat

    When I last washed laundry in a dorm, someone stole MY underwear. Be happy that someone merely touched yours.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #10   Jenn

    I have OCD and I’m with team ‘dump on table’. There is no way I would leave my laundry unattended in a shared laundry room. I would be watching that dryer like a starving hawk.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Nunavut Guy

      Jenn,a reasonable OCDer!

      Dec 13, 2011 at 6:39 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Kate from Iowa

      It’s CDO, get everything in the right order, damnit!

      Dec 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   Nunavut Guy


      Dec 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   Bear Came over the Mountain


      Dec 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #11   Addie

    On the few occasions I did use the laundry at the dorm I removed dry clothes from the dryer if necessary. If I was feeling particularly benevolent I would even fold it. I thought I was being nice, didn’t realize it made me the devil incarnate.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm   rating: 48  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Seanette

      My building is rather under-equipped, I think (1 washer and 1 dryer for 12 apartments, many of which are dual-occupancy). There are signs up warning that if you don’t move your stuff in a timely manner, it WILL be moved for you. This is why I leave my basket on top of the machine I’m using. That way, if I do space the fact I’m doing laundry, a neighbor who needs the machine has a place to put my stuff.

      Of course, the population of my building is generally reasonable adults, who’ll occasionally do things like fold stuff for each other.

      Dec 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm   rating: 42  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   wright1

      Please tell me those reasonable adults in your building are raising at least one reasonable kid each! We need more like y’all!!

      Dec 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

  • #12   Randy

    Keep a Hershey bar handy, next time rub it in the crotch area. OR worse, ketchup packet…….

    Dec 12, 2011 at 9:06 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   FeRD bang

      Oh, sure, use ketchup instead of blood! Then when forensics runs a DNA test, some poor innocent tomato takes the fall? Real nice!

      Have you no sense of decency, Randall K. Spreadingston?

      Dec 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Who passed out the Haterade?

      Or if you’re feeling TRULY evil, bring a packet of mayo.

      Dec 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   AuntyBron

      Or do all three. She’ll wonder what a good time she missed.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 12:19 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   The Elf

      Or, take a peice of ordinary white bread and soak it to make it sort of mushy paste-ish substance. Then smear that on the panties.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 7:15 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.5   Rattus

      Is this how you make faux Santorum?

      Dec 13, 2011 at 7:34 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #12.6   Who passed out the Haterade?

      Someone else who knows what Santorum is? *cheer*

      Dec 13, 2011 at 9:58 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #12.7   The Plaid Cow

      I thought everyone knew that by now?

      Dec 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #12.8   Chinchillazilla

      Everyone does.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #13   Emma

    This saga illustrates perfectly why I’m so happy I don’t live in the dorms anymore. I lived in the dorms for one year and many times people would just leave their laundry in the dryer for extended periods of time. I’m definitely on team “dump it on the table.”

    Dec 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #14   JoAnne M.

    When I was in college, I didn’t want people having to move my underwear (and thus seeing how huge they were, plus how many holes they had), so I stood by the dryer reading a book. I think if that original note writer were really serious with her phobia, she’d have done the same.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm   rating: 56  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Emma

      Clearly you have common sense and a sense of common courtesy, something pink notes lacks. I wouldn’t stay in the laundry room but I would set the alarm on my cell phone so I could go back and grab the laundry as soon as it was done.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 9:39 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Kate from Iowa

      I see your holes and raise you…


      Trust me, there’s nothing more embarassing than having someone ask “why’d you bother to patch your panties?”

      Dec 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #15   RedDelicious

    Someone leaves their shit in the laundry, forget dumping it on the table. They don’t care enough to come get it in a timely manner, I’m selling it to the vintage shop around the corner a la Fight Club.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #16   TippingCows

    Why not just a note that said, “You have issues!”?

    Dec 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   juju_skittles

      And the fun in that is…?

      Dec 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

  • #17   juju_skittles

    Wow, what great entertainment! For free! I’d pull up a chair, get out the snacks…and watch the mayhem!

    Dec 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   jadefirefly

      Right? I’d do laundry on those days and just sit on the machine, watching the other participants.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 12:48 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #17.2   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      There must be websites where you can view videos of college girls fighting over laundry facilities. In tank tops and underoos because all their other clothes are in the wash. Rule 34!

      Dec 13, 2011 at 3:58 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #18   lala

    I remember coming down to the shared laundry unit in my apartment bldg to find a man putting my clothes in my basket for me. I thanked him, picked up my basket, and noticed a pair of my panties very carefully folded up and set aside. I grabbed them as smoothly as I could and left, and made sure I was always at the dryer when it stopped after that.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm   rating: 58  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   pony girl

      I hope you washed those panties again before you wore them.

      Dec 14, 2011 at 3:24 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #18.2   ArtsBeatLA

      I think they were neatly folder for further use *later*…

      Dec 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   bookworm

    I live in an apartment building with more residents than machines and have been on both sides of this situation. Of course, people in my building are smart enough to realize that they might forget their laundry and leave their baskets near their machines so their clothes won’t have to touch the table.

    In three years, I have yet to see a nasty letter in the laundry room addressing that. Imagine that.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   RedDelicious

      Logic and a sense of respect for other people exists someplace? Please, divulge the location so the rest of us can live in relative peace and harmony as well.

      Dec 12, 2011 at 11:25 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   bookworm

      Believe it or not, this is happening in Seattle, THE land of passive-aggressive asshattery.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 9:06 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #19.3   wright1

      Another building-full of people who need to be passing those reasonable genes / behaviors on to the next generation!

      Dec 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #20   Canthz_B bang

    It’s really hard to pick-up someone’s underwear and touch their shit when they obviously suffer from anal retentive assholeosis.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #21   Mrs.Beasley bang

    Sounds to me like Pink Note Writer is new to this whole sharing laundry facilities gig.

    To be more specific, and with no intent to bash college freshmen in general, I’d lay odds this is Pinky’s first semester away from home.

    I do believe that if she just studies the “notes” for this crash course in Dormitory Laundry 101, she won’t make the same errors next time.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

  • #22   Palomon

    Five bucks says she’s vegetarian.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Canthz_B bang

      Only if she washes the veggies herself in a properly sanitized clean-room.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 12:10 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   Grrrr

      Oh no, she’s obviously a vegan!

      And having been a new mum, in a building with fifty families and two washers/one dryer, I’m team stamp her laundry into a pile of ash!

      If a woman can sit with a new baby, breastfeeding for the two hours it takes to get HER shit done, so the asswipes who stole her last load of baby clothes from the dryer couldn’t steal the stuff…

      Dec 13, 2011 at 2:00 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #22.3   MEEEE

      Nah, any vegan worth their salt would NEVER use Lysol, their company does animal teasting. I’m guessing self-righteous blind-to-the-real-world white girl. Having grown up among them, I can usually pick up on their behaviors.

      The call me- Bitch Hunter.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 8:19 am   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #22.4   Anonymous

      They call me – Dr. Loooooove!

      Sorry, had to. :)

      Dec 13, 2011 at 10:44 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #23   Canthz_B bang

    Damn! She laid their shit on the table, and then laid her cards on the table about why their shit got laid on the table!
    That should make even a layperson feel as good as getting laid!

    Dec 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #24   James Li

    On the subject of public dryers . . . Ladies, as a courtesy to your fellow man, please make sure that you’ve COMPLETELY cleared out the dryer when you’re done.

    I once found a strange pair of black panties in my laundry basket after I got home. Fortunately, I found them before my girlfriend did. Otherwise, I would have had some ‘splaining to do.

    Dec 13, 2011 at 1:11 am   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   The Elf

      So, which explanation is better? “I’ve been cheating on you” or “I wear them in secret”?

      Dec 15, 2011 at 10:21 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   Seanette

      My vote would be “you do realize other people use the laundry equipment I was just using, right? You do realize that sometimes small items fail to stay with their original load and get left in a machine that later gets used for another load, right?” ;)

      Dec 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #25   Momma's Girl

    Momma always taught me that putting stuff in the dryer pretty much kills all the germs that might be left in it. So I didn’t really need to wash stuff in hot water that I wanted to “sterilize” – I could get away with just using warm water as long as I used the dryer to finish up the job.

    So poor OCD lady is going to all that extra work and it’s really not necessary (of course, we all knew that already). Too bad she didn’t take that extra step and lysol the table too! (or leave a basket for others to put her stuff in).

    Dec 13, 2011 at 1:26 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #26   Nahhh bang

    Pink-note-writer can kiss my butt and take her OCD home to Mommy. Team…other note-writers / dryer-users.

    Dec 13, 2011 at 1:48 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #27   error27

    I always left my stuff in the dryer because 1) I was watching a movie on TV. 2) Sometimes my neighbors who remove my laundry fold it for me.

    Dec 13, 2011 at 3:47 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #28   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    Team Laundry-Mover,
    I’m sad for her that she seems to suffer from OCD, which can be a debilitating disorder, however that’s no one elses problem. Unless there was an emergency that she had to dash out to – and I mean life or death – it’s pretty selfish to hold up other people.

    Dec 13, 2011 at 3:53 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #29   emcd

    I am concerned for the personal and academic welfare of these students. From what I understand, many campuses now offer “laundry service” as an amenity. Freed from the responsibility, toil and invaluable social exchanges of doing your own laundry, students having their laundry done for them would obviously have better grades which we all know directly correlates to success in life.

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #30   zomboid

    is this the first time absolutely everybody has been on the same team?

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:00 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   Bec

      I feel like inserting a devils advocate comment in support of team pink note, but I just can’t conjure up anything supportive to write.

      Dec 14, 2011 at 12:59 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #31   ki

    I’m surprised so many people here are ok with somebody removing their precious wearable from the dryer once the timer has expired and they are nowhere to be found. I am also firmly on this side but most people I know freak out about it. With every single college student having a cell phone with some sort of alarm or timer device, there really is no excuse

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:04 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   bookworm

      For the times that I honestly do forget my laundry, which is few and far between, and somebody else really need the washer/dryer, I leave my basket down there. Some strange person FOLDING the laundry they remove to make room for their own, that’s the line for me. Just toss it into the basket I left down there, thanks, no need to root through anything.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 9:09 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #32   Micki

    I knew before I left for college that you SHOULD not leave your clothes in the dryer. I didnt have a lot of clothes, but what I did have was very special to me. So I was protective.

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:33 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #33   KH

    When I find my laundry taken out of the dryer, (and it does not have to do with letting the clothes sit, but others wanting to hurry up and remove your clothes, i.e. wet clothes put on the table), I come in, take their clothes out, put them in the washer and load the washer with bleach, especially dark clothes.

    I have had my clothes taken out of the dryer when I was standing in the laundry room and my clothes were still wet and the dryer was still going.

    So whatever. Touch my clothes, and you will pay.

    Dec 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   Rattus

      Fighting selfishness with sociopathy – that’s the way to do it.

      Dec 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm   rating: 43  small thumbs up

    • #33.2   Gecko Hunter

      Let me guess! Postal Worker, right?!?

      Dec 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #33.3   Canthz_B bang

      “I have had my clothes taken out of the dryer when I was standing in the laundry room and my clothes were still wet and the dryer was still going.”

      I’m not the brightest bulb in the box, but, umm…Why didn’t you just tell the person to leave your clothes alone because the dryer hadn’t completed its cycle and you were still using it?

      Dec 14, 2011 at 2:01 am   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #33.4   Pat

      Except that that’s not at all like what the note writer is talking about.

      Dec 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #34   Shock the Bourgeois

    As someone who’s had to physically prevent a homeless guy with trackmarks and spiderweb face tattoos from pouring his beer into a dryer full of her clothing… I’ll add an enthusiastic “GET OVER IT.”

    Dec 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

  • #35   Disturbinglynormal

    When I lived in the dorms, laundry was always thrown on the table… and if you still didn’t come back and get your shit after a day or two, it became a freebie.

    Hey, look. If I have to pay $10 in quarters for the chance to wash my clothes? I’m picking that shit up, or I understand that I just contributed to some other student’s wardrobe.


    Maybe I’m just not passive aggressive enough.

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   FeRD bang

      Not if you want to be feature on this site, you’re not!

      Of course, that’s generally considered a good thing. Normal, even. (Perhaps disturbingly so?)

      Dec 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #36   Kara

    Leave your clothes unattended? Prepare to have them touched, rifled through and even stolen.

    If you’re so OCD, don’t give people the bloody opportunity to touch your clothes, be in the laundry room when they’re done!

    Dec 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #37   Dewprisms

    You’re crazy. :)

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #38   Blah

    When I was in Halls of Residence a few years ago, there were at least 24 flats, with 6 people in each. The laundry room for the whole complex had three washers and three dryers. Team Hurry Up And Move Your Shit.

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #39   Tara

    Michigan State! I would recognize those dryers anywhere. Also the shit-show of Sunday laundry nights…..

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #40   Roto13

    “PS: I rubbed my butt all over your clothes.”

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #41   Sara

    I am so Team Don’t Leave Your Crap in the Machines. Freshman year was really the first all-out doing my own laundry time of my life, but I was super careful to get my things out quickly. I had never had to share things, and I didn’t want to put people out. It also did help that I lived on the same floor as the laundry facilities in my first dorm, so I could run and check in stuff during commercials. It was very normal to see me running down the hall in my Tasmanian Devil slippers, hauling my laundry.

    Dec 14, 2011 at 10:56 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #42   Katie

    totally on team don’t leave your things in the dryer. If this girl’s OCD was really as extreme as she claims she would’ve chosen a less high-traffic time to do her laundry and ADAMANTLY watched her stuff, like obsessively. Almost like a disorder, sounds like she just needed grounds for her hissy fit.

    Dec 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #43   workerB

    I work at this particular university, and some of the dorms have been remodeled and you can check the laundry room online to see if your laundry is done! If she lives in one of those places there’s REALLY no excuse for letting stuff sit there. If she’s actually got a mental problem that’s sad, but if she’s just an only child who’s spent the first 18 years of her life being pampered she needs to get over herself.

    Dec 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #44   Mandy

    I have diagnosed OCD, so I really get upset when people try to pull the “I have OCD, thus you must cater to my wishes” card. Because I have OCD, I understand that it’s hard, but also that your mental issues do not constitute an emergency on someone else’s part. It’s hard, I get that. I don’t have the cleaning variety of OCD, but I do get the terrible anxiety of a compulsion. But, go back to your CBT and DEAL WITH IT! When people try to pull it with, “I just lysoled that. I have OCD. This is causing me great anxiety,” I usually respond as follows:

    I have OCD as well. I also happen to have multiple degrees in molecular biology and/or microbiology. So, I believe that lysol kills bacteria that are harmless and helpful, thus opening up real estate for pathogens. So, it causes me great anxiety when you throw lysol, alcohol and other bio bombs on the helpful bacteria. Good day!

    Dec 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #45   name

    On behalf of only-childs everywhere, enough with the stupid generalizations.

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:34 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #45.1   hey!

      I’m an only child and just happen to be quite fond of stupid generalizations, so stop speaking for me!

      Dec 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #45.2   Just Dropping By

      Dear “name” – I second the motion. Thank you. What’s up with the anti-only child crap that’s been showing up around here lately?

      Dear “hey!” – Obviously, you are a social outcast loser with no life other than to make stupid comments on the Internet.

      BTW, hey!, if you didn’t catch what I just did: I just made a stupid generalization – the kind you are so fond of. No need to say thank you, it was my pleasure.

      Dec 23, 2011 at 10:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #45.3   Rattus

      BTW, Just Dropping By, if you didn’t catch what hey! did, s/he made a joke. So calm the fuck down.

      Dec 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #45.4   Just Dropping By

      Rattus, take your own advice.

      If hey! likes stupid generalizations, what’s exactly your problem with me giving them one?

      Dec 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #46   Kate

    I have diagnosed OCD and for that reason, I avoid public laundry facilities whenever possible. The few times I’ve had to use a laundromat, you’d better believe I’d never leave my shit unattended. Poor form, original note-writer!

    Dec 18, 2011 at 3:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #47   K

    I doubt she’s really OCD, what she probably really has is germaphobia. I know people like that and makes me sad for them. Because (speaking in super broad generalizations here) they normally sanitize the devil out of everything and they’re the ones with the kids who end up at the doctor’s offices year after year with strep throat and ear infections. While my house is clean enough, but yet messy enough to be comfortable and my kids rarely ever get sick. I really think it’s because my kids get exposed to the germs.
    As for the a laundry. Do it on a night that wasn’t so busy if it bothers you that much. And if it was that busy REALLY, HOW did you have time to clean it for HOURS? I think she needs a good healthy dose of reality, painful as it might be. But after all isn’t that what college’s real goal is?

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #48   Samantha

    this is at michigan state!
    i go there too. & while i agree that if clothes are sitting in the dyer unattended, they should be taken out, i also think they deserve a few courtesy minutes to get to the laundry room.

    twice i’ve come into the laundry room to a person taking my clothes out, when i know for a fact, they were sitting for less than a minute.

    i’ve also had people take my clothes out of a dryer, while still wet, and put their clothes in, therefore stealing my cycle. that is not acceptable.

    Dec 22, 2011 at 12:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #49   redheadwglasses

    I get up early — 6 a.m. — on weekends to use the laundry room. I sometimes do a lot in one day, so that way, if I am doing laundry for four or five hours (yeah, I know), I may be hogging the machines, but I’m done by 10 a.m.

    My downstairs neighbor chastized me and told me that I needed to stop doing laundry so she could use the machines. I told her that one night, I DID stop so her boyfriend coudl do a load, and then he left his laundry in there for two hours after it was done (of course, I had to get it out of the machine so I could continue with my own laundry).

    She tried to make excuses and insisted that I was rude for hogging the machines (one washer, one dryer), but I told her to take her fucking whining somewhere else and slammed the door in her face. Later, neighbors told me that she went door to door in the building to complain and get sympathy, and the general response she got was: “What are you, 13?”

    This is the woman who left a note on my door with a key: ” I’m going on vacation for 10 days, can you take care of my new puppy? thanks.”

    (I had my own dog and three cats.) Her PUPPY destroyed her apartment to the point where she had to buy all new furniture and get new flooring installed throughout her unit.

    In hindsight, I should have taken her puppy to the humane society. She’d had two dogs taken away already at that point.

    Dec 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #50   Calli

    Team move your shit. How hard is it to set an alarm/look at a clock?

    Short version: I removed stuff from a drier and got my stuff dried and folded before one of my neighbors bothered to show up and take care of her stuff.


    My building has 2 washers/driers for 16 units. My apartment is right next to the laundry room so I checked periodically throughout the day (on a Wednesday) for a free machine to do one load.

    All day there was stuff going. I wasn’t timing machines or anything so I just figured one person finished and the next person got in before I got down there. Finally at 9:15 pm I found the washers empty and the driers going. I thought it was odd that whoever it was set the driers for over an hour when they can usually dry a completely full machine in 30 (the time a load of wash takes as well.) So, I decided to come back at 10:30, giving the person a 15 minute window to empty a drier once their load was done.

    10:30 rolls around and I see a girl unloading a drier onto a table. She starts apologizing to me, which left us both confused for a second. She had used the other washer while I was waiting for the driers to be free and thought she was displacing my clothes. Once we figured that out I emptied the other drier onto the table and started my stuff for 30.

    Came back, unloaded my drier and started folding while I ran the towels for an extra 10 minutes. Just as I was folding the towels the owner of the displaced laundry comes to get her stuff. An hour after it was done.

    She was a bit annoyed that we took out her laundry, she didn’t think anyone would be doing laundry “that late.” I mentioned that I had been trying all day but the machines were always in use, so I jumped on the chance when I saw them free. Turns out she had been using the two sets of machines all day to take care of 14 loads.

    At that point I “casually” mentioned a laundromat down the road that has lots of machines (and some nice big ones too) that I use whenever I have a few loads saved up, or need to do stuff too big for the little apartment machines.

    The other girl’s drier was about to finish as I left, so maybe the hog got to chat with her too. I’d like to think that having two people empty the machine on her “behalf” and have their stuff almost done by the time she bothered to get down to the laundry room would have a greater effect on her than it just being one person.

    Icing on the cake: Went back the next morning to throw my slippers into a drier for 10, floor was cold and I wanted toasty feet. The hog folded her stuff and left it down there on the folding table. The aggressive part of me wants to take advantage of the sign “all items left outside storage bins may be removed” and hide the piles on her. Let her whine to management “I left my stuff in the laundry room overnight and it went missing” and let them laugh in her face.

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up


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