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MsWetherwax Sat 15-Oct-11 22:23:28

I work one day a week as a receptionist, in an environment where there is a communal laundry room. The washing machine has been out of use for nearly a fortnight, and this afternoon an older gent came in to complain that it hadn't been fixed, he had no clean clothes and his grandchildren are visiting on Monday. He seemed genuinely distressed. So I bought some of it home and washed it. By pure chance I am covering for a colleague tomorrow, so it's not putting me out too much but my DP has gone absolutely mental, apparently because I don't know him the mans washing "could be diseased" and I am a mug for helping. Is he right or do I stick to my belief that Karma will out?

BluddyMoFo Sat 15-Oct-11 22:25:50

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hopenglory Sat 15-Oct-11 22:26:21

I think it was a very kind thing for you to do

buzzskeleton Sat 15-Oct-11 22:26:47

grin at the washing being diseased. It's extremely nice of you and above & beyond. Your dp sounds a bit of a jackass to 'go mental' at you over something generous of spirit. I really hope the old gent is appreciative.

Bohica Sat 15-Oct-11 22:27:07

Lovely thing to do for some one and if your DH is that worried tell him to put a cut lemon on a very hot wash before using the machine again to rid the machine of any diseases grin

Your not a mug and I would have done exactly the same as you.

HollywoodAgentForTheLivingDead Sat 15-Oct-11 22:27:12

You did a lovely thing MsW, please don't let your DHs talk of diseased clothing (hahahahaha) make you feel like shite smile

hellhasnofury Sat 15-Oct-11 22:27:19

Diseased with what? I think I'd have offered similar. It's one load of washing I don't think it'll be carrying the bubonic plague. I bet the old gent will be very grateful.

pictish Sat 15-Oct-11 22:27:50

i think that was a nice thing to do and I probably would have done the same. Your dh is a meanie.

lisad123 Sat 15-Oct-11 22:28:05

I guess it depends on if he is likely to ask again. Make it clear this a one off and find him the address of nearest laundrette.

HollywoodAgentForTheLivingDead Sat 15-Oct-11 22:28:10

What exactly did your DHs 'going mental' entail?

orangehead Sat 15-Oct-11 22:28:50

Very kind what you did. My dh wouldn't of been happy either. A man thing possibly?

ItWasABoojum Sat 15-Oct-11 22:30:03

You sound really sweet and your DH could learn a lot from you. thanks

DogsBeastFiend Sat 15-Oct-11 22:30:10

What a lovely lady you are. I'd have been SO grateful if someone had been that kind to my Grandad.

KatieMortician Sat 15-Oct-11 22:30:58

Put it on a boil wash. Everyone's happy. wink

Seriously, your dh is odd.

WeepsInPaleDew Sat 15-Oct-11 22:30:59

That was a truly nice thing you did, you are no mug. You are compassionate and kind.

but I hope word hasn't got round you are so lovely that a hundred bin bags of laundry are waiting for you in the morning


MsWetherwax Sat 15-Oct-11 22:32:19

I have no idea what he thinks the washing machine might catch. He doesn't even know how to make it go, let alone how its immune system functions! it isn't care home or anything, the man in question (i didn't catch his name) lives on a house boat so is quite sprightly. Thanks for the support. DP thinks I should charge him, tight fisted misery that he is! shock

HollywoodAgentForTheLivingDead Sat 15-Oct-11 22:33:05

Could you not put the machine on a 90 degree wash after you've done the blokes washing?

It is pandering to your DHs territorial feelings towards your washing machine, but it might put his mind at rest.

brdgrl Sat 15-Oct-11 22:34:04

sounds like you did a good thing. smile why can't people just be nice like that all the time?

nbee84 Sat 15-Oct-11 22:34:59

Bit Ott from your dh.

I think it was a lovely thing to do grin

HollywoodAgentForTheLivingDead Sat 15-Oct-11 22:35:04

'DP thinks I should charge him, tight fisted misery that he is! shock'

Scrap putting it on the 90 degree wash, the fucker.

LineRunner Sat 15-Oct-11 22:35:18

Yes, you are kind, but ... Why has the communal machine been knackered for two weeks where you work?

That's not fair to the residents or service users who rely on it.

Kick ass!

ScaredyDog Sat 15-Oct-11 22:37:30

Give your DP a chinese burn from me, what a misery!!

Is there anything you can do tomorrow to get the machine fixed? Sounds like this man may be paying a fee for using facilities that aren't working, which is a bit crap if he's been waiting two weeks to get it fixed. Can you speak to your boss and encourage them to get it sorted?

Well done to you, told my DP about this thread and he thinks you are lovely too, a very nice thing to do.

ScaredyDog Sat 15-Oct-11 22:38:33

Just tell DP you've boil washed the mahine...then rub a chilli in his pants! Grumpy sod.

MsWetherwax Sat 15-Oct-11 22:45:45

Hollywood..the conversation went like this.

Dp...Whats in that bag?
Dp....Why did you take washing to work?
me...I didn't, it's someone else's
Me...Um, some nice old boy off one of the house boats. The one at work is broken.
DP...Are you serious?
Me...Yes, they can't get out to it til tuesday.
Me...Oh. Yes, his grandchildren are coming to visit on Monday and he has no clean clothes so I said I'd put a few bits through. I didn't catch his name.
DP....CHRIST ON A BIKE BABE. He could be anyone. Knowing you he's probably a smelly old tramp. God knows what will be crawling around in our washing machine afterwards. We'll probably all catch something. You wash the baby's clothes in there y'know! Either that or he's too tight to pay for washing powder and has just spun you a sob story.
Then he stomped about muttering about how he pays for the electric and how I've opened a free launderette in the kitchen blah blah blah.
And then he went down the pub lol

HollywoodAgentForTheLivingDead Sat 15-Oct-11 22:49:29

Is the 'babe' bit significant?

To me that would say he was just concerned you might be taken advantage of because he knows how lovely you are smile

Was he 'angry' angry, or just exasperated at your generosity?

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