This one isn't really at a retail place, more like at the mini-laundromat that resides in our apartment complex. No workers, but I guess you could call us customers since we do pay to use the machines. Anyhow...
I'm down there with my boyfriend and roommate, hanging out while we do our laundry, as I completely and utterly do not trust leaving my laundry alone. To set the scene, there are six of each machine, six dryers set into the wall, three on top of three, six washers set in the middle, three back to back with the other three, a window with a tiny window sill, a tiny little tv set into a corner and blocked in with a constructed.. box.. thing
, and barely enough room for two people to stand -very- closely together side by side at any point in the walkways. No seating, and the floors are covered in huge lintballs, loose change (found almost a whole dollar in dimes and pennies) and half melted sticks of gum still in the wrapper. See, it pays to check pockets before you do laundry.
Now, my boyfriend and my roommate are sitting on two of the unused washers facing the tv, I'm leaning against a wall, we're using two washers on the other side, and no dryers in use. Which leaves, IF we don't move, two washers free and all dryers free. The two unused washers were open, which usually signifies that they're usable, right? Hah.
We see out of the door/window (door's glass too), a couple walk by, the guy carrying a normal sized laundry basket. They glance in, then sit the basket down on the bench outside and sit and start talking. I figure they're waiting for someone or have time to kill, right? Hah!
While they're sitting there, a girl comes in, and I let her know we'll move if we're in the way, she says no, she's just going to use a dryer for her little bit of clothing. No big deal, she leaves. Another girl comes in, she asks if there's a washer free, I say yup, you have a pick of four free, we're just using two. She picks an empty one and starts up her wash. Meanwhile, the couple is still sitting outside with their laundry. Strange, but I'm not the type of person who wants to hang out with laundry with others around either so, I kinda understand that if that's what they're doing.
Our washers are just about done, the first one finished, and I'm switching it to dry, and the second one's winding down, the lady barges in and looks around. I smile at her, and say that there are three open, and about to be five once I get ours fully switched. As I'm saying this, the guy with her bustles in with the laundry behind her and all but shoves his way past my roommate toward the other row of washers while boyfriend and roommate try to be out of the way for them.
Lady says to me, "We didn't know how many you were using." I reiterate, "Oh, just these two, we didn't have much.
" She then -snaps- (only to my hearing too, boyfriend and roommate didn't hear her), "Well..! You KNEW we wanted to use them!" At the same time, the guy's reaching -around- my roommate to get to a -fourth- washer instead of asking him to move or saying anything (roommate was facing the other way and didn't notice he was even there), all for one normal sized laundry basket full.
Um.. I did? You didn't ask us about anything, didn't even open the door or knock on the window or anything. Two other people came in with laundry and asked us if we were using all of them, and left -without- laundry, and you still didn't budge! How were we supposed to know what you were doing or what you wanted? We're not your keepers, or mindreaders! Blargh.
People assume that you know what's going on in their heads. For all I know they could have been waiting for someone to bring change, or for someone to bring more laundry or soap, or just wanted to wait until we left or whatever. Jeez... It still annoys me, and this happened about 3 or 4 days ago.