There is a laundromat 1/2 mile away from our apartment that we have used for the almost-two years we have lived here. Its posted business hours say that the laundromat is open from 6 AM – 9 PM, but the door automatically locks at 7:30 PM and they ask that you have your last load in by then—so continuing to wash and dry after 7:30 PM is okay, but if you do not remain with your laundry, you might not get back in till the next morning. In the nearly-two years I have lived here, I have picked a load of laundry up after 7:30 maybe 2-3 times, and on only one occasion did I leave my laundry there overnight and pick it up at 6 AM the next day. There has almost always been an employee or customer there after 7:30 PM who could let me in to pick up my laundry, so I never saw it as a big deal. Admittedly, the last time I picked up laundry after 7:30 PM was about 2 weeks ago.
I’m also a chronic leaver of laundry. DD has ADHD and VCFS, and waiting around for laundry to get done with her in tow is awful. I’d rather risk someone stealing my laundry (it’s never happened) than spend 2 hours at the laundromat with her constantly whining at me to do something more interesting. I can see the large signs posted which say the laundromat is not responsible for you leaving your laundry unattended, and I accept full responsibility in the event that theft occurs, thank you very much.
So, last night I put a load in to dry at 7:15 PM and drove home to be with DD as usual. I came back at 8:15 PM to pick up my laundry. The only ones there were the employees, a middle-aged Asian couple. The wife came to the door with my laundry in a thin plastic bag, glared at me, and proceeded to scold me for not remaining with my laundry. The conversation looked something like this (her tone was belligerent and angry, I had been in a pretty good mood upon arriving at the laundromat and was shocked and confused):
“You need to stop doing this.”