College Laundromat sends text message when your clothes are ready

@estherlou (5020)
United States
September 5, 2007 10:18pm CST
In Carlisle,PA, students can go online to check which machines at any of the laundry rooms on campus are available. They can then use their student ID cards to pay. If the laundry room is busy, the system will text them when a machine becomes available. Is that cool or what? http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/strange/news-article.aspx?storyid=90436
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Sep 07
That is really cool. Although, if they are busy, the washers and dryers may just stay with clothes in them, because they were doing something else.
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• United States
6 Sep 07
My school had that system too, and believe me when I say it doesn't work really well. College dorm laundry-doing is like a close-contact sport. By the time one gets the message, some waiting person will have dumped your previously clean clothes onto the diry floor to use the machine. Keep in mind that these laundry rooms are REALLY crowded during waking hours, and to get machines and keep them one must guard them, preferably not leaving the vicinity of the laundry room. I just sat in the common room next to the laundry room with homework to do my laundry.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
7 Sep 07
I can now see where my grandmother was coming from when she said "I don't understand, I just don't understand" lol With all this technology advancing it's hard for the older ones of us to keep up and understand it all and it's workings! However I can say I like this idea because there are so many students in college these days, which is a good thing, and so many are washing clothes and get left behind because of classes but others need to wash too so alerting them that their clothes are done is a wonderful thing so they can get them out for the next person to use. Good idea indeed!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Sep 07
It does save a lot of running back and forward. Mind you, the students who are not at the computer or have cellphones with data connection are at a disadvantage. Also it depends how fast the students can get to the laundry room to bring their clothes. But I think using the Student Id cards to pay is a good idea. I hope there is a supervisor at the laundry room that will prevent students who were not notified to run in ahead of time, and prevent the students who were notified from putting their clothes into the machines.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Oh, that is so cool. Not a college student but I would love it if all laundromats did this. I don't go now but for 3 years my washer and drier were in the nasty Michigan basement and often it was easier to go to the laundrymat just to get it done faster. I kinda timed how long it took to run washer and drier and would go home between the steps (I was almost across the street) but this would have been so much nicer.
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@maribea (2366)
• Italy
6 Sep 07
Oh what a great idea!!!! it seems just one of those things that helps to make life easier..dealing with clothes and laundry is one of the most time consuming activities and I am always here hoping that they will start a home delivery service here in Rome so to spare time!!! I wish they could come at home, pick my clothes up and bring them back when they are ready..it would be fantastic...but until now...nothing similar is available!!!! so I think that this is a cool idea for students!!
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
6 Sep 07
that is an excellent idea. I think that saves student's a lot of time and frustration when they can utilize that and it gives t hem more time to do other things that are more important than waiting for a washer or dryer to come open.
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@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
6 Sep 07
It's really cool! I think the same method could be applied in a lot of things. For example, instead of sitting at the doctor's waiting room, you could go out and something or someone could send you a message when you are the next one.
• United States
15 Sep 07
Wow what a neat idea. That keeps the student from going back and forth to and from the laundry room needlessly. Now if they can set up a waiting list that would be great. LOL