(3 January 2001, Wales) In the Welsh seaside town of Tenby is a 24-hour
laundromat... which closes at 6 pm.
The change in opening hours came after the laundromat owner noticed a
troubling trend: in a short period of time, several expensive dryers had
been damaged from overload. "We hadn't (replaced a cog) in years. Suddenly
we had a spate of eight in two weeks."
To catch the "freeloaders", security cameras were installed on the
premises. The culprits, when caught on camera, turned out to be local
youngsters who were overloading the dryers with - themselves.
Yes, a humble laundromat had become a veritable Darwinist Casino among
these youngsters, who paid 20 pence each to see who could go for the
longest "spin" inside a dryer.
The gas-powered tumble dryers become dangerously hot within minutes, and
carbon monoxide emissions may suffocate anyone who is foolish enough to
So for the chance of winning the fabulous prize stake of a few quids, they
braved burning heat and poison gas to impersonate laundry.
Once the game had been discovered, the youngsters could no longer gamble
their genes late at night. Perhaps their game of "Spin the Bozo" would have
lasted longer if these young daredevils had only cared to slim down...
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