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One Stop Laundry
Drop off your dirty clothes, And pick up someone elses clean clothes that fit you.
Going to a dry cleaners or hand laundry is a two step process. Been that way since Roman slaves did the laundry.
You drop off the clothes. Wait a bit. Come back and and pick up the clean clothes. Most people want their own clothes back.
But certain clothing, work clothes for example, it doesn't
matter if they are your clothes as long as they fit.
What if instead:
You bring in five pants and five t shirts that need cleaning, and then grab from a rack sorted by size five clean pairs of pants and five clean t shirts. No waiting. No ticket to keep track of. ( On the weekend I guess you just wear a bath towel. )
As long as you are a fairly common size, the thrift shop next door to the laundry can keep enough inventory to make this one stop scheme work.
Get Apple to bring it out as iLaundry and it can't fail.
||Most companies that supply staff with uniforms or protective clothing
do exactly this. Throw your dirty overalls in a bin at the end of your
shift, next day grab a clean pair from the rack.
||There's a wonderful Hungarian story I read
years ago called Lajos the honest clerk. (Translated
Hebrew "Hapakid Lajosh Hayashar")
||Can't find it even after translating to Hungarian.
Seems Lajos is Luis in that language.
||The story is about a clerk who lives in extreme
poverty (his 18 kids eat "belt soup" immersing the
fathers belt in water). He works at the national
smelling authority, established after the minister of
treasury's cousin opened a laundry outlet for all
officials uniforms. All worked well till someone got
his exact same uniform with the exact same stains
on it, and claimed that they were not using any
soap. This accusation was patently false, since they
actually had no washing machines in the factory,
hence the lack of soap was not even close to be at
fault. To disprove the claims, people in the vicinity
were paid for saying the soap was too smelly. But
then every family in the neighborhood and even
beyond were demanding payments. To avoid them,
the National Smelling Authority was opened, and
Lijos was the second deputy clerk of this office.
||The story is of his odyssey to give back some money
he gets for keeping his mouth closed about
something that he saw.
||//Most companies that supply staff with uniforms
or protective clothing do exactly this. Throw your
dirty overalls in a bin at the end of your shift, next
day grab a clean pair from the rack//
||Except Lab coats. You send those to the laundry,
wait a month, then buy another. This is why real
scientists don't wear lab coats*
||*Except protein scientists. I don't know what they
wear, I detect them by their smell and hide before
they come into visual range.