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Time to air the dirty laundry

By Meg Sloss

I don’t believe selfishness and greed are intrinsic to human behavior, but rather a distortion of the human spirit brought about by our environment of materialism. That being said, I am saddened and angry about the loss of the Wash Mill, which has been pushed out of tenancy at the Davis Manor Shopping Center to make room for the Goodwill.

Even though the laundromat occupied a mere one-eighth of the total space required by the Goodwill, the company still felt the need for its space. The landlord of the Manor (sounds positively medieval doesn’t it?) complied with the needs of Goodwill by booting out a 40-year-old business.

This move leaves some Wash Mill customers walking 12 blocks to the next, and only other, laundromat in town. It’s hard to imagine that the big ol’ Goodwill didn’t notice a humble laundromat with humble people cleaning their humble clothes. And they want to sell more used clothes by taking away some people’s only means of washing them?

It’s hard to imagine the landlord of the Manor can turn his back on a business owner who has provided so vital a service to the community for such a long time — 40 years! Essentially, this new agreement can put her out of business.

I guess it’s not easy moving a laundromat. Where is she to find another site with enough plumbing and electricity and parking to accommodate her machines? Where is she to get the thousands of dollars this move will take? Merely recommending a new site for her business does not adequately compensate her for loss.

What I wish to propose is that the city of Davis help her re-establish her business in more substantive ways. After all, she provides a vital community service. Come to the next City Council meeting and ask!

And by the way, shame on you to the landlord of the Manor and the CEOs of the Goodwill. They both have given into greed and selfishness at the expense of their customers and another business owner. Don’t they realize they owe their wealth to their customers? Does this all sound way too familiar?

— Meg Sloss is a Davis resident and Wash Mill customer.

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