Is this weird or what?

@dawnald (84198)
Shingle Springs, California
March 7, 2011 2:44pm CST
So I came home from cat rescue yesterday, and the washer/dryer was going. I asked what was going on (because unless my mother-in-law is there, nobody else uses the washer/dryer. So R says, "I bought Cary some new stuff. He needed shoes, socks and underwear." Well this is news to me, except for the socks, since I bought him underwear last week, and new shoes less than two months ago. So I said, "I told you I bought him new underwear, and why shoes? His shoes aren't all that old." "Oh, I knew I should have called you. Well his shoes are cracking on the bottom." So OK he needs shoes. But this doesn't explain to me why the washer/dryer is going. So I ask, "well what does that have to do with the washer/dryer? For a minute, I thought your mother was here." "Washing the new stuff," he says. Which is when Naomi and Dearra interject, "that's just weird." I just roll my eyes. I know some people prefer to wash their new clothing, maybe to get rid of residual chemicals or something, and that's OK with me, but I don't do it. So he puffs all up, and says, "well I take care of my kids. Somebody could have put something in the stuff, and I don't want to take any chances." "Huh? Stuff in the socks and underwear?" "Yeah, he says, you remember when they put poison in the Tylenol." "Er, well yeah, but that was drugs. This is clothing." Folks, I sure don't get the connection between poison in the Tylenol and new clothing. Maybe he thinks there's anthrax going around or something. Or maybe there's just insanity in his family, and it's showing up in this generation? Is it me, or is that just weird?
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• United States
29 Mar 11
it's unlikely for that to be poisoned.. but an allergic reaction to new clothes is possible.some have godawful starch on them for that "crisp" look.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Mar 11
I'm sure that godawful starch has some lovely chemicals in it...
• Janesville, Wisconsin
8 Mar 11
lol.. May seem weird to you.. But my generation is aware of how many in my generation and below love to go shopping and trying on clothes.. But they refuse to shower or take proper care of their hygiene.. So to prevent skin diseases,,, I grew up with being told wash the clothes before wearing them.. especially when you have no idea who tried certain things on before it ended up back on the shelves to buy..
@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
But again, these were sox and underwear that came in plastic packages. And it's not so much the washing that's bizarre as his reason for doing it.
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@rosegardens (3040)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I know many people who wash the new clothing before wearing, and have given me strange looks because generally I don't wash the clothes before I wear them. Yet, his reasoning is a bit strange. Hopefully this will all be over soon!
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
Yeah I know lots of people who do it too, but none that do it because of a perceived government conspiracy!
• United States
9 Mar 11
Dawnald, there IS a government conspiracy! Look at the chocolate.........it is going to become rare......... and I swear the FBI put a camera in my new nighty. I heard them laughing when I put it on. I did, I did, I tell ya!
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 11
What were they laughing at, do you suppose?
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@hofferp (4737)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Well, I'm one of those who washes new clothes, especially if they're not packaged. But I don't always do it; it really depends on the circumstances, what it is, etc. New socks, probably not; new underwear, probably; new shirt, shorts, jeans, probably not, but maybe. But in this case, I think R was just trying to show you he can take care of the kids, so there...
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 11
Yeah kind of like when I unstopped the toilet and tanked my car to show I don't need him, so there!
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
7 Mar 11
That was a good "so there"... Wait until you start replacing faucets, remodeling the kitchen, change out the engine on the car..."so there".
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 11
Yikes, faucets ok, but after that idk...
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
8 Mar 11
not really my daughter also washes new clothing ya never know who has tried them on and to make sure they aint gonna srink!
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
Well this was packaged underwear and socks. But it wasn't the idea of washing them that I thought was funny, it was the idea that "they" would deliberately put something harmful in them.
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
8 Mar 11
yup but if it has MADE IN CHINA on them careful is what id be as much as they have put in other things that ya really dont think about like lead apinted toys!
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
yeah could be!
@savypat (20245)
• United States
7 Mar 11
You might want to rethink this, I have. Since the bedbug scare I am washing everything that they might get in. I sure don't want to have to fight them on the home level. Not so weird.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 11
Ok but brand new socks/underwear out of a sealed bag?
@savypat (20245)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I would not take the chance, how tiny a hole can a bedbug get into and who knows about the packaging? Maybe eggs were included in that package. I am ignorant as to the extensive habits of bedbugs, so a trip to the washer is an easy fix for me.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
I spose so...
@babyangie27 (5177)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Well actually my best friend does that same thing,buy new clothes,sheets whatever and washes them as soon as she gets home....wait come to think of it she IS my best friend so yea she is weird
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 11
Washing them, OK, but washing them because "they" might have put something in them?
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• United States
7 Mar 11
She told me because there might be someone ON them so I donno I haven't reached that level of craziness yet I suppose.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 11
Well I'm thinking maybe chemicals used to process the cloth or something, and if my kids had sensitivities, I'd wash them, but this just sounds weird.
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@BarBaraPrz (27473)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Mar 11
Just being sure, y'know... Wouldn't want to find out the hard way that someone put itching powder in the undies...
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 11
It's funny how there's never itching powder in the stuff that I buy that they wear without it having been washed...
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@BarBaraPrz (27473)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Mar 11
That's because you're a mom, and can detect the tiniest amount of the stuff and know not to buy that item...
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
Yeah, that's it!
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@celticeagle (124338)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Mar 11
It is weird. It's ok. But it is weird too. I think R is over compensating. He's trying to be favorite guy and going way over the top to do so. Don't you get that feeling? Sure someone could have put something in the stuff but probably not. He is just overcompensating. Poor guy! He must be very insecure and even alittle paranoid.
@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
Yeah, both, I'm thinking...
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@celticeagle (124338)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Mar 11
Poor iddy guy.
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@kalav56 (11496)
• India
8 Mar 11
I would find this pretty ordinary in our country dawnald if we buy things from shops[especially some markets where there are wares on display on pavement shops. THe air is polluted and ours is a crowded city. We do wash such clothes and then wear them.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
These were socks and underwear that were pre-packaged in plastic. But again, it's not the washing that I find weird, it's his reason for doing it.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
8 Mar 11
That is true! I do not believe there would folks going diligently around to put poison in underwear and socks!
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@MsTickle (25136)
• Australia
15 Mar 11
Yep...that's weird. He's just doing the too little too late trip.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Mar 11
Could very well be...
@bounce58 (17450)
• Canada
11 Mar 11
I don't get it! Were the shoes in the washer/dryer too? I would understand the clothing, but not the shoes! Unless of course somebody spread some powdered Tylenol inside the shoes. Then Cary's feet would surely not experience a headache!
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Mar 11
No, not the shoes...
@Hatley (164180)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Mar 11
hi dawnald I have read the other responses but am wondering if he is trying oneupsmanship like "look at me I am the better parent. I watch out for my kids" brag brag. another ploy to get you to stop the divorce is my reading but of course that's just my own opinion. lol.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
Could be, although it's also true that his mother washes new stuff, so maybe he got it from her. But in that case, why the crazy paranoid response?
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
8 Mar 11
That is weird..lol...sounds new too....something is up.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
yeah, fewer brain cells...
@much2say (42581)
• United States
8 Mar 11
Me personally, I do wash everything when I buy clothing - even socks and underwear. Not because of someone's potential sabotaging efforts - but there might be extra starch or perhaps chemicals like you said . . . anything that may make my daughter's skin itchy(er) as she has eczema. If it's in the package, I do let it go especially if I don't have the time, but I do try to wash new stuff. But if it's not in a package, there can be dust or germies from other people handling them (I think of my son who grabs things and slobber all over at times - and I put them back on the shelf - hee hee). I think he was just trying to make the point better to be safe than sorry . . . but he just used an example that doesn't work as apples to apples.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
I'm sure there's a good reason for it, just not R's reason. lol
@jdyrj777 (6541)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I always wash new stuff. It doesnt sound weird to me.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
It's not the washing that's weird, it's his reason for doing it.
@katsmeow1213 (28897)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I go back and forth on the washing brand new stuff thing. It makes sense, because you don't know who's hands have been all over the clothes, or if someone has tried them on. Granted that doesn't happen much with socks and underwear, and they're typically packaged.. but still, you don't know what sort of factory they've come from and if there's roaches at the factory or whatever. That doesn't mean I always do it, but I feel like I should. I guess the point was that you just never know what could be in something.
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
And I can understand that sort of thing, but the way he said it, it sounded like he was afraid of terrorists or a government plot or something.
@whengcat (1458)
• Philippines
8 Mar 11
I think its okey to wash new clothes before using them because from what I understand, there are some chemicals on new garments that irritates the skin, specially the sensitive ones or parts. So maybe, it won't hurt washing them but if you're not a believer then its fine, everyone deserves to stand on their own beliefs and principles :)
@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
I don't have a problem with doing it. It's his reason he gave me that struck me as weird.
• United States
8 Mar 11
I don't do it, but with allergies and so many folks being uber-sensitive to EVERY little thing, more and more people are taking the extra step. Either than or they're incredibly spoiled!
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@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
I can understand that reason, but the one he gave was pretty wacky.
@nangisha (3502)
• Indonesia
8 Mar 11
Hi Dawnald!. I also the kind of person who wash every piece clothing and underwear I bought before wearing it. First because I don't like the smell of new cloth its has certain smell I can not hold it. Second I feel even it new cloth its already hang there for certain time and there is always chance someone already try it and maybe had transmitted skin disease. So before I wash it and ironing it with hot iron I will not sure its safe to wear it. Maybe what he mean if they don't hesitate put danger chemical in medicine thats directly consume by children. So they will not hesitate to put in non consumables stuff like cloth.
@dawnald (84198)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 11
Maybe he does mean that, but honestly, if I had to be paranoid about everything that I buy that there was some evil person out there putting chemicals in things, I'd have no time for anything else.