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A close friend of mine, who is depressed, poor, hates his job, etc., wants to start using my washing machine and dryer.

He has other options: there are coin machines in his building (which he won't use because he doesn't trust his neighbors not to abuse his clothes if they want to use the machines. To the best of my knowledge he has never tested this theory.) There are also laundromats near his home.

I don't want to let him use my machines because his apartment has vermin. What kind, I don't know. He hasn't specified and I haven't asked. I'm fine with that.

While he is clean in his person and usually wears clean clothes, I'm afraid of hitchhikers in his laundry bag or basket. So I've said no. I offered to give him money for the laundromat if that was a problem but he said no.

Now I feel guilty. But I don't feel unreasonable.

Poll #1833892 Use of NP's Washing Machines

Am I being reasonable?

Mostly. Maybe a little paranoid.

Would you do the same?

Yes, but I'd buy him lunch or something



Apr. 16th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
That's a lot to ask of a person. The time, the electricity, the general weirdness of doing your personal chores at someone else's house. It sort of seems like overstepping boundaries on his part to even suggest it. His building has a laundry room, for heaven's sake! He can use it like everybody else does, and keep an eye on his stuff if he's worried.
Apr. 19th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you are right and mustangsally78 is right. When did it become my job to shield him from life's unpleasantnesses?