I waited too long to complain about doing the laundry | Chroniclers
The scheduled morning I filled baskets with darks, lights, sheets and towels, tripped up the stairs, outside and
Then I went to my local grocery store – one of the few that gives you free change – and bought a few items so I could get $ 20 back, to add to the bills that were already in my wallet.
I dragged the three heavy and bulky baskets into the laundry room, struggling to open the door each time. I sorted the laundry in the appropriate machines. Then I went to get some coins from the coin machine.
He was flashing the red light: no quarters.
I mumbled about putting everything back in the baskets, accidentally breaking a handle back and forth, and putting them back in the car.
It was back to the store, where the clerk said they didn’t have enough parts to distribute because there was a shortage of parts. Then she whispered that she would give me a package.
Armed with $ 10 in coins, I returned.
Between the quarter roll and the change at the bottom of my wallet, I had enough to run two $ 4.25 machines and one $ 2.75 machine. Two machines could do most, but not all, of the laundry.
By the time I had put all my change into the third machine, I realized that it was also a $ 4.25 machine, not the $ 2.75 machine I was aiming for. I was missing a dollar and not pressing the “Back” button would return my lost $ 3.25.