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post #21 of 56
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Originally Posted by savithny View Post
WHen I was in college, the general rule was if you left your laundry in the dryer for more than an hour or so after the cycle was done, you'd come back to find it not in the dryer.
If you were lucky, it would be piled on top of the dryer
If you were less lucky, it would be thrown on the floor
If you were even less lucky, it would have been thrown on the floor and walked all over

If you were so silly as to have left it there for days, you might see your favorite T-shirt being worn by someone else, or found it weeks later in an off-campus thrift shop.

It's very possible that the landlord did not throw out your clothes. After a week, other people may well have figured out the clothes were fair game and taken them, leaving nothing but underwear and ratty stuff behind, which the landlord then assumed had been left as trash.
Hah! We must have gone to the same college.

I ditto this. Really, a week, in a shared laundry?

Although, it would've been nicer of him to take the leftovers to Goodwill or something... you know, so they don't end up in a landfill.
post #22 of 56
A WEEK?!

Very upsetting, for sure, no doubt about it, but your dh should have gotten off his butt and dealt with it, if he's so concerned for your safety and doesn't want you to go alone.
post #23 of 56
Sorry, but I agree with the others. A week is way too long. I could see it happening if you literally forgot it was there and went away on vacation, but not if you knew it was there.

I say 15 minutes is all that's acceptable if you expect it to still be in the dryer. 24 hours to expect but not presume that it'll still be in the laundry room. After that, you're out of luck.

In my building, it goes atop the shelf in the laundry room. After 24 hours though, the maintenance men would presume it was being thrown out. Trash too big for the chute or stuff that people don't want but others might (equivalent to putting it by the curb with a free sign) goes in the same spot.
post #24 of 56
Just make sure there is a piece or two of your dh's favorite clothes in each load of laundry you do from now on.
post #25 of 56
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Originally Posted by VeganC View Post
It wasn't great of them to throw it away, maybe they could have kept it in a bag or something for a little while longer, but a week is a really long time to leave clothes in a public laundromat. It may even have been somebody else who took the clothes. Laundromats have their own set of etiquette rules, and people can get really peeved when somebody is taking too long to collect their clothes. Sorry!!
post #26 of 56
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Originally Posted by 4evermom View Post
Just make sure there is a piece or two of your dh's favorite clothes in each load of laundry you do from now on.
My DH thinks this is a great idea.
post #27 of 56
Wow, I was NOT expecting to hear a WEEK! Awesome giggle for the morning! Sorry OP, I can't imagine leaving clothes in a laundromat even longer than a day. I actually did mistakenly leave a small load of clothes overnight once. We had been doing tons of laundry and this small load got overlooked. I literally panicked when I remembered it but luckily, it was still there.
post #28 of 56
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it was a first time experience for me.... i've never had to deal with community laundry before, i didn't know if this was a normal thing. oh, yeah, we're terrible, because we HAVE left it this long before and it never has gotten thrown out most things we do take an incredibly long time to finish.

and i really am upset most at DH for this, then at myself and the landlord for me not being aware this was going to happen....
post #29 of 56
If you don't want to lose anymore items you need to stay at the laundry and do your laundry start to finish. You don't need to worry about the landlords, people in the complex will take or move your stuff. When you use something communal it's just common courtesy to think about others. I would not throw someone's clothes out but I would remove them.

Everyone needs to use the washer/dryer and just because you can wait for a week for clean clothes doesn't mean everyone else can. It's an expensive lesson to learn but I don't see it as anyone else's fault and it sounds like most of the clothes weren't things that you your family doesn't wear so that's something.
post #30 of 56
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Originally Posted by 4evermom View Post
Just make sure there is a piece or two of your dh's favorite clothes in each load of laundry you do from now on.
Yes! Do this.

I also can't imagine not just going alone to pick it up, sketchy or not...
post #31 of 56
It kind of sounds like a blessing in disguise. If you can leave a load of laundry for a week, you probably don't need those clothes anyway and they were just cluttering up your space.
post #32 of 56
Sorry, but after a week, I think it was perfectly reasonable for them to toss the clothes.
post #33 of 56
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Originally Posted by jeminijad View Post
I also can't imagine not just going alone to pick it up, sketchy or not...
I agree.
post #34 of 56
communal laundry sucks, I've had things taken after just walking away from the facility when I had started the dryer! Heck I've had my phone stolen from a laundry mat, and the theif told me to my face he didn't take it (sat it on top of the washing machine so I didn't put it in the washer, it was taken as I turned to get clothes out of the basket)

You're not a terrible person, I hate doing lots of laundry it's a PITA, takes up time that could be spent doing a million other things, coin-op costs to darn much, blah. Like others have said though, a week is really not ok.

They have to get their laundry done as well, and if you're holding multiple or the only washer/dryers up with your clothes for a week that's really hard on another family. It's in your complex's best interest to get the laundry out of there for the sake of all the renters. There have been tummy bugs that we ended up sleeping on towels because someone left their things in the washer. We've run out of pants for my potty learning son and been stuck at home because someone left their things in the wash.

I still sympathize that life gets us busy and it can take a while to do things. I made it a goal that one day a week I'd get everything done and out of there as quickly as possible so that I didn't have to sweat it the next day, or the next, or the next. It really stinks that everything was just thrown out.
post #35 of 56
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Originally Posted by jeminijad View Post

I also can't imagine not just going alone to pick it up, sketchy or not...
I can't, either, where we live, but we're lucky. Maybe OP isn't.
post #36 of 56
Most communal laundry areas that I have used had some sort of shelf where clothes that were left in dryers ended up. I occasionally left clothes for an hour or so, and never actually had them end up there. But anything more than that and I'd expect them to be on the shelf. After a week I'd be hopeful that they were on the shelf, but mostly just because our landlords wouldn't have bothered to throw them away- I don't think they ever went down there. But I wouldn't have been surprised if they were gone, either.
post #37 of 56
Sorry that happened! But it isn't your landlords responsibility to tell you not to leave your laundry there for a week. To me, it seems like common sense not to leave things there longer than necessary. Laundry gets stolen. That would be my main concern.
post #38 of 56
that sucks, but after more than a few hours, i would know there was no guarantee my stuff would still be there. a week? in your landlord's position, i would think nobody was coming back for the clothes.

just curious, do you ever leave home without dh? because it sounds like this is very close by . . . i know it's a little ot, but that statement did make me wonder, if you can't go there, can you go anywhere?
post #39 of 56
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Originally Posted by Amatullah0 View Post
it was a first time experience for me.... i've never had to deal with community laundry before, i didn't know if this was a normal thing. oh, yeah, we're terrible, because we HAVE left it this long before and it never has gotten thrown out most things we do take an incredibly long time to finish.

and i really am upset most at DH for this, then at myself and the landlord for me not being aware this was going to happen....
You've done it before. Maybe the landlord was tired of it or other tenants complained so he thought this would teach you a lesson.
post #40 of 56
Bolding mine...

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Originally Posted by Amatullah0 View Post
it was a first time experience for me.... i've never had to deal with community laundry before, i didn't know if this was a normal thing. oh, yeah, we're terrible, because we HAVE left it this long before and it never has gotten thrown out most things we do take an incredibly long time to finish.

and i really am upset most at DH for this, then at myself and the landlord for me not being aware this was going to happen....
Wait, so you really truly needed the landlord to tell you that in a community laundry room someone else might just want to use that dryer during the week and it wasn't your personal hamper? Really? What makes it ok for you to monopolize one dryer for an ENTIRE WEEK for your personal storage? I just cannot wrap my brain around this type of thinking.
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