A laundrette in Southend On Sea has banned students from using its facilities after members of the public complained about ‘crusty and rigid socks’ being put through the machines.
Michael Jacket owns Spin ‘n’ Go near Southend town centre, and he told Southend News Network that he has been forced to take action after complaints were received about ‘unacceptably rigid garments’ being put through wash cycles by students.
He said: ‘Spin ‘n’ Go has always welcomed local university and college students, and more and more of them have been using my laundrette since our town’s student facilities were expanded a few years ago.’
‘While they are all naturally conscientious about wasting paper, the downside of this is that many male students use a sock for certain activities that others traditionally use a tissue for. This concerns many of our older customers who worry about their own loads of laundry becoming contaminated.’
‘Before I took this incredibly difficult decision, I took a swab from the inside of one of my machines and sent it to a lab for analysis. According to the results, the range of DNA present was one of the highest that they had ever seen.’
President of the Southend University Student Union Daniel Spurtz said that the decision was ‘a disgusting attack on both the environment and the civil liberties of local people.’
He added: ‘What the owner is saying is that his student customers should use a finite resource when carrying out a natural human activity instead of something that can be reused for both its intended and additional purpose.’
‘In the UK alone, annual tissue production accounts for a rainforest destruction that covers the same total area as Essex plus half of Suffolk – we should be doing everything possible to reduce this disgraceful statistic.’
Patricia Munn-Eshott, 65, has been using Spin ‘n’ Go for ten years, and she told Southend News Network that she was ‘delighted’ with the news.
She said: ‘I was one of the people who originally complained to the owner, and it will be nice to be able to get back to doing my laundry without there being an active biohazard on the premises.’
‘You hear all of these stories nowadays about people who fall pregnant unexpectedly, and now I can make my weekly visits without the fear of my life being ruined.’