Washing machine abuse causes wrinkles

“Sometimes I wonder, that one missing sock after doing laundry, is the smart one. After being unhappy for so long, it finally walks away from a frayed, worn-out relationship.” ― Anthony Liccione

D O N ‘ T   O V E R L O A D   T H E   W A S H E R

Have you ever wondered where that other sock or wash cloth or under garment has disappeared to when you take your laundry out of the washer?

I am beginning to think that this is an act of poetic justice in favor of all those washing machines who silently endure the continual abuse inflicted on them by indifferent users of the machines.

Six months ago my apartment block received a new washing machine due to the previous one’s breakdown. In actuality the chassis for the machine stayed in place while the drum and guts of the unit were updated.

For all intents and purposes the tenants raised a sigh of relief knowing that they could do their laundry without incident.

However, one month ago  a series of mechanical breakdowns were incapacitating the machine and causing its perfect performance record to be blemished.

New tenants to the building were cramming the unit with an amount of laundry that would make the toughest industrials strength machine weep.

In the past six weeks the machine had broken down four times for a number of different reasons. The overall cause: User abuse and overloading.

One time a resident filled the machine to such an extent that a loud screeching was heard in the tiny laundry facility. When I opened the door the machine was jumping up and down and splashing soapy water all over creation.

After I unplugged the machine I opened the lid and discovered that someone had placed two thick foam pads inside to be washed. They were two car seat pads and weighed 30 pounds each ( my guesstimate). 

I don’t think there is a solution to this problem other than management insisting that tenants do not overload the units.

Being insistent and being realistic in this situation does not meld.

It’s unfortunate that people paying their rent abandon their responsibility to caring for the place the live at.  — gc





  1. Ah yes, the missing sock. Another one of those man things that is solely your territory (pun intended). I take off two socks, place two socks in the laundry bin, do the laundry and two socks come back. A man takes off two socks and from that moment on the footpath 👣 of the sock is shrouded in mystery, heaven only knows what happens next! 😀


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