Do fish need clean clothes?

@p1kef1sh (45642)
June 5, 2008 12:46pm CST
I am a washing freak. Almost everyday I load the washing machine up, let it do its stuff and heave the cleaned clothes off to the line to blow dry in the breeze. Over the last month my machine started to slowly lose the will to live and died. After a ritual mourning period - approximately 30 seconds of stunned disbelief - we set off to the shops for a new one. Ordered on Saturday, delivered on Sunday. Away we went again. Our whites were bright, coloureds still colourful and all done with the pizazz that anything new does. Until this afternoon. After just four days it has died. The door no longer locks, it just makes a curious banging sound. No locked door means no washed clothes. Never mind, I'll phone the retailer, the machine is still under guarantee. "It's not us, you need the manufacturer as they service their own machines in the first year". So I am already starting to run up the cost of the phone calls to "special" customer friendly numbers - all at 10P (20 cents) a minute. So I call the manufacturer. "Sorry the office is closed. Please phone tomorrow. This call may be recorded for training purposes". Why? do they enjoy hearing irate custmers leaving bon mots on their voice mail. I will ring them tomorrow of course. They will probably make me wait until next week. Grrrrrr. In the meantime - ever seen a fish cry?
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@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
5 Jun 08
OMG...the luck of it. That had better be replaced and fast, LOL!! You wash a lot!! Don't cry fishy!!
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Jun 08
I am so cross Skinny. I don't want to cry. There's no way of spinning my sodden clothes dry afterwards! LOL.
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• United States
6 Jun 08
LMAO!!! Oh poor P1key. You can come over and borrow mine if you want. :)
@msmamaof3 (244)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Oh how irritating! It seems as though the retailer should be the one responsible for getting the problem corrected. But, alas, just like the rest of the country, everyone just wants to pass the buck!
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
Indeed they do want to pass the buck. However, I shall be dealing with them today!
@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
5 Jun 08
i am sorry to hear about what happen to your washing machine... it is amazing that you can do your washing everyday... i can never have enough time for that... anyway, hopefully your new washing machine will be fixed soon... take care and have a nice day...
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
I am at home all day Lingli so I have the time. Just not the washing machine right now! Thank you and have a good day yourself.
@mamakat (321)
• United States
10 Jun 08
You poor thing! How frustrating that the machine has decided to start misbehaving--especially so soon after getting it. I certainly do feel for you having to go through the endless calls to (so called) customer service (or the lack thereof!). Definitely not fun at all. Hang in there and I'll be thinking positive thoughts that the machine can be revived without too much difficulty, and especially with no extra cost to you! *big hugs*
@p1kef1sh (45642)
10 Jun 08
I can't tell you how frustrating it is. But a new machine is being delivered tomorrow. No cost. Fingers crossed. Thanks Mamakat.
@mamakat (321)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Yay! I'm sooooo glad that you're getting a new machine! Thank goodness they decided to send a brand new machine rather than just working on the old one. Here's to happy clothes washing without any more mechanical difficulties!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
13 Jun 08
The new machine has arrived and is wonderful. Working well. Hurray!!
@mummymo (23709)
6 Jun 08
Awww p1ke my Darling don't cry - an eight hour drive with your washing should get you here and our machine locks and works! I am seriously annoyed at the attitude of the retailer as you have only had the machine 4 days - I feel they are passing the buck and shirking their legal obligations - I saw this on tv the other week - an item has to be fit for the purpose it was sold and the person who sells it is responsible for it and if it has to be seen to by the manufacturer then the retailer should call them! Don't forget you have to threaten them with an irate mummymo - that should do the trick - they hate having to deal with me as I just keep on keeping on at them til they give i - I mean see sense and give me some satisfaction! xxx
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
I think that just the name 'Mummymo" should do the trick. They can't wait to sell you stuff. But want any after care and they run a million miles! But I can be irritatingly persistent. LOL.
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@mummymo (23709)
6 Jun 08
So sorry that you have to wait so long for it honey - you may have to make that long drive with your dirty laundry later! lol xxx
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
That's such a tempting offer. LOL. XXX
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@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Doesn't seem like your having the best of luck with the washers. Hope you don't run out of clothing and have to resort to wearing that conical bra again..lolWhen I have to make long distance calls Iuse a calling card. It is cheaper most time then calling straight out. I hope you get the situation fixed soon. It is never fun having a messed up washer. I would hate for you to have to spend your days plunging clothes in a bucket.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
7 Jun 08
Not the conical bra!! LOL. I am sure that it is something simple. But it is a blooming nuisance. I have to say that the attitude of the company improved hugely yesterday. Now we have to wait until Monday when they send someone round.
@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Yep the conical bra and maybe if you need undies your wife will have some extras..Just kidding. I am glad they will be getting it fixed or replaced soon..can't have you wearing that conical bra again..although it was such a delight to see it.Happy washing soon.
6 Jun 08
P1key - sorry to hear you are having trouble with your new machine!!! Mines free for the weekend if you want to borrow it!! I'll need it back tues though so I can do some of my washing!! It is annoying when new things break suddenly and you cant find anyone to help when you moset need it!! Atleast its not your computer thats broke!!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
Thanks Cinders. Now if the computer was broken (fingers crossed now) then that really would be a catastrophe.
6 Jun 08
Just wait, once you have the washing machine fixed and getting dizzy. Something will break!! Theres always something that has to play up!!
• United States
6 Jun 08
If I understand your slightly foreign accent you are from UK? duh. Well I don't know if there is a similar site there, but here is a website That lets you get straight to a human bean. nophonetrees.com/home/no_phone_trees
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
Thanks for that. I did get hrough to a human quite quickly. They can't come before Monday, so I shall be waiting in anticipation when they do arrive. They say that if you press the hash key that short circuits all the "select Option a b or c" stuff.
• United States
7 Jun 08
I'll try that next time, I usually just beat on the 0 key until the infernal machine submits. :)
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
6 Jun 08
I have seen sad fish The same thing happened to me. Luckily I bought the damned thing at a store with a 30 day return no question asked policy. either they would fix it for me or the machine would be returned. They were pretty quick to come and give me a new one. No way I wanted a machine that broke right away.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
They are coming on Monday. We'll have to see what they offer. Good job that I'm up to date with clean clothes!
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@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
6 Jun 08
yea, well done! Hope you get proper help. good luck on monday
@bieke81 (1069)
• Belgium
6 Jun 08
Oh well no use of getting iritated about this, you will only stress yourself and they won't work any faster. Call them, be polite and hopefully they come as soon as possible.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
I was polite They're coming on Monday. My wife was crosser with the. They're coming on Monday! We'll see. I have to say that we have had apologies etc. But Monday is as close as they can get.
@bieke81 (1069)
• Belgium
6 Jun 08
oh well, if that is the best they can do, I hoped it would be today, for your sake ;-) Oh well, hand wash is still an option LOL ;-)
@nannacroc (4049)
5 Jun 08
The shop told lies, they are responsible because they sold you the washing machine and it was not fit for purpose. It's up to them to give you a refund, replacement or contact the manufacturer on your behalf. Now don't do so much washing.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Jun 08
If I don't get a proper response in the morning Nanna the fur is going to fly. Right now I'm not doing any washing. I'd like whoever it is that brings all these clothes and things to stop! They sneak them in when I'm not looking and take them away again afterwards. Ironed of course! Maybe I've missed my vocation in life. Remember Toad escaped dressed as a washerwoman. I'd probably break into the prison to do theirs!
@nannacroc (4049)
5 Jun 08
My washing pile seems to have reduced lately so maybe you're doing mine, thank you. I don't mind the washing but hate ironing.
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Fish certainly do need clean clothes, p1kef1sh!I know it can be maddening dealing with customer service people. They have to make it right with you though since it had only been a few days. There is nothing like the smell of freshly laundered clothes and I hope you will be washing away soon.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
8 Jun 08
I hope so too Worldwise. Tomorrow will tell.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Jun 08
I have not yet. It could be the make of the machine. And I get rather annoyed at those "call recorded for training purposes," deal. I wonder how the trainees would feel when they hear what the customers are calling them. Now I am a rather level headed person and have not had any trouble with getting things fixed. I would be quite upset if I could not get the service when I wanted though. You cannot go around in dirty clothes.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
7 Jun 08
I am someone that wera 100% clean clothes every day and the mere idea that i can't clean them fills me with horror. Still, I shall be patient until Monday and see what happens.
@tess1960 (2387)
• United States
6 Jun 08
NEver trust a company that will deliver on Sunday. They are too eager for your sale. Seems you wash way too often or you must have a large family. I wash once a week and get it all done. Why overusethe appliance. If I have clothes that are smelly like from going camping or fishing andit is not wash day then yes I will wash them, but otherwise I put clothes in the hamper until wash day, once a week. You ae lucky to be able to hang clothes out todry. I can't. My mom ives in the country and she does that, except winter months.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
We're not a large family and I do enjoy it. I can't stand to see dirty clothes mount up. Little and often is my motto. Hanging them outside is wonderful too. We did it when we lived in London too. We didn't get the same smell though.
• Nepal
6 Jun 08
yaap that might be quite old and rubbish so you have to a maintain that and restructure that. and clean that frequently.. And don't so serious about that inspite take another on yaa..
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
Thank you for that. Welcom to myLot.
@ruby222 (4848)
6 Jun 08
Has it arrived yet??or are you knee deep in dirty smalls!!!but maybe you have done a little bit of dab washing as Mum calls it lol..thats hand washing to you!!!...get ready...persil to the fore..and comfort in the other hand.....go for it Pike my lad!!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
I think that we have enough clean stuff to last until Monday when they are coming. Fingers crossed.
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
Nothing like that happened in our household.If ever one of our machines breaks down,it would be after 13 yrs.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
That's impressive for modern appliances.
@GreenMoo (11842)
6 Jun 08
I think that if I were in your shoes I would be announcing myself and my problem in a very public area of the retailer's store, and complaining very loudly and very publicly. It took me several hours of this before I got my mobile phone sorted when it broke within days, and I was removed from the foyer of Barclays bank once, but it works! A real live irate customer is very difficult to ignore. Your machine doesn't need a 'service'. If it breaks after 4 days then it's obviously not fit for the use it's intended for, and that is the retailer's problem. That would be my argument, anyway! Good luck! And in the meantime, washing the clothes in the bath can be quite fun if you don't mind getting your shoes and socks off and the entire area soaking wet
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
They are coming on Monday. That's as soon as they can manage it. Admittedly I have had: Hotpoint, Manager Comet Salisbury, Hotpoint again, head Office Comet, Hotpoint gain all tell me they can come on Monday. They'd better turn up! Just off for a shower. I thought that I'd leave my clothes on!!
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
6 Jun 08
I am not a washing freak, but I can understand you well! Oh, the sweet sound of a washing machine when it starts spinning! I wish you luck with your new machine, even though the newborn days of it were a bit limited!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
Thank you. This newborn is being a pain right now.
@Rosekitty (19443)
• San Marcos, Texas
6 Jun 08
No I never saw a Fish cry but have you ever saw a kitty spit fire..RRRrrrrr hiss hiss cause thats what i'd do if i was going through what you are right now..a new washer shouldn't do this 4 days later..I'd be so upset and demanding them bring a maid to compensate for me having to go through no clean clothes..How dare they not answer! What are they thinking? That they can make our P1ke cry and not get away with it? GRRRRR..the Tiger came out and not the kitty meow..oh know Ellie better run..hee hee
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Jun 08
I am very cross about it Rosie. But they will put it right today never fear. Or I shall be calling for that rare species the Texan Tiger!