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Well, now it looks like this…
The fire damage to our apartment building was corrected with amazing quickness, but this room took 3 months. This building has 15 apartments and we were down to 2 washers and 2 dryers. We dealt. We could always take our laundry to the facilities on Post.
Along with this ship-shape room, the use of the washers and dryers became token operated–due to the “rising cost of power” and “misuse of the machines”. Until January, our landlords are giving us a grace period to adjust to this change by providing us with tokens, free of charge. After that, each token costs 3 euro (that’s about $4.10.) I don’t have to pay a utility company so I don’t know if 2 hours of power really comes to 3 euro, but I understand the misuse bit. Just look at the top photo.
Here’s the thing I”m having a little trouble with:
One token equals 2 hours of power. You put a token in the power box and the machine has juice. But, if you don’t set your alarm and the time runs out… or if you push snooze for 1 second and then forget you did… too bad so sad–the power shuts off and your clothes are stuck until you put in another token. And there goes 3 euros down the drain!
Ah, these thoughtful Deutch. They love to keep everyone in line. They might conform me yet; today I remembered to set my alarm all 4 times (2 loads of laundry, washed and dried on Miniprogram!)
My Favorite German Find this week: Having laundry facilities within shoe-less walking distance.