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Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

  • 1.  Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-10-2018 16:38
    Who are your most famous or infamous customers?

    I had a customer that ended up being Canada's youngest serial killer and in between killing women he would drop off his laundry for wash and fold. This is the guy.

    Cody Legebokoff guilty of murdering 3 women, blind teen girl

    A B.C. man was found guilty Thursday night of four counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of three women and a blind teenage girl.

    A jury found serial killer Cody Legebokoff, 24, of Fort St. James, B.C., guilty of the murders that took place in and around Prince George, B.C., starting in 2009.

    He faces life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

    During his trial in Prince George, B.C., which began in June and heard testimony from more than 90 witnesses, Legebokoff copped to the murders of Jill Stacey Stuchenko, 35, and Cynthia Frances Maas, 35, but denied killing the other two - legally blind Loren Donn Leslie, 15, and Natasha Montgomery, 23.

    He told court he was present for Montgomery's murder, but refused to name her killer for fear of being branded "a rat" in prison," The Prince George Citizen reported.

    Legebokoff claimed he had sex with legally blind Loren Donn Leslie, 15 - his fourth and final victim - whom he claimed he met online, and that she killed herself afterwards by hitting herself in the face and neck with a knife and a pipe wrench.

    Leslie had told her family she was meeting up with a friend for a coffee Nov. 27, 2010.

    That day an RCMP officer pulled over Legebokoff on a Prince George highway after exiting a logging road near Vanderhoof, B.C.

    Legebokoff told the officer that the blood on his face and clothes was from poaching deer. A conservation officer would later find Leslie's body along the logging road.

    The body of Stuchenko, who was reported missing Oct. 9, 2009, was found partially buried in a gravel pit outside of Prince George two weeks later.

    Maas went missing Sept. 10, 2010, and her body found in some woods a month later.

    Montgomery was last seen at a friend's house Sept. 1, 2010. Her body has never been found.

    Legebokoff recently tried to plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder, but the Crown rejected the plea.

    The jury had been deliberating since Wednesday.

     



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    Richard Heighington
    Potential Divestor
    B.C. Canada
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  • 2.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-10-2018 17:05
    Umm You Win!!

    but yes, being here in LA we have a few.😇

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    Ross Dodds
    iloveLAundry.com
    Los Angeles, CA
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  • 3.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-10-2018 18:27
    Richard & others,

    Especially, before I-94 was completed back in the 60s we would get many more celebrity class people performing here locally individuals &/or their entourage as customers.  There was supposedly a former drummer (from a big city) for one of the top rock bands who was somewhat in rough shape who was coming in a few years ago.  Our normal good will kindness kicked in acknowledging his former fame.  Our self serve car was probably gets more prominent people than the laundromat ... possibly with some very expensive vehicles.

    Your post about the infamous serial killer was very sobering & it was very good that the individual was stopped from doing it again!  I am sure most of us have tried to assist police detectives with our video even though the serious crime happened elsewhere.  We have an "Amber Alert" that is broadcast.  Our place was a "recently seen" establishment.  Considering the unsolved homicides in some areas of the country & the world ....  As far as trackable only electronic payments in our laundromats helping enough ... I doubt it.

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    Michael Walsh www.kingkoin.com
    Store Owner/ Employee
    King Koin Laundry, Car n Dog Wash
    Bismarck ND
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  • 4.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-10-2018 18:54
    We had a few superhero's come in around Halloween, but I think they were too short to be the real thing.

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    Les Monthei
    Potential Investor
    Redding CA
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  • 5.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-11-2018 08:26
    Richard,

    I had a customer who was murdered and her body was never found. A serial murderer was convicted of her murder last May. He had been convicted of killing another woman prior to this conviction.

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    Larry Adamski
    Muskegon Laundromat
    Spring Lake MI
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  • 6.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-11-2018 10:49
    Well, no serial killers, but....

    I had 2 customers who went down with the World Trade Center from the 911 attacks.
    Their relatives posted their photos in our store windows because at first, no one knew if they were just missing or not. Turns out they never found them. It was a very sad & emotional time.
    Oh, and the day after 911, the FBI raided the "Karachi Kitchen" a Muslim Restaurant next door to us to search for terrorists hiding in the store's basement.

    On another note, one of my mats had a 24/7 drug dealing spot right outside the store. Nothing I could do about it. They were there for years. The Police would just drive right past them. Most of them were drop-off customers.
    One day I heard there was some kind of "turf war" and one guy was killed but the other lived...They gave him a "Columbian Necktie" where they cut his throat from ear to ear and pulled his tongue out through the opening. Amazingly, he lived!
     Several weeks later he came in with his laundry and I could see the pink scar around his neck.

    Another time back in the early 1980's during the Falkland War between Britain & Argentina, there was a flurry of Diplomacy in NYC. One of my mats was located across the street from a special UN housing development for Diplomats. One day, the wife of the Ambassador from Argentina came in to do her laundry herself. She was accompanied by 2 guys in black suits armed with machine guns. Made me a little uncomfortable for over 2 hours. That was a little hard to "unsee", lol.

    One of my Mats was in a shopping center owned by Leona Helmsley, the "Queen of Mean". Once I had to go to Manhattan to her headquarters in the Helmsley Building. The building is set up to make you walk past HUGE oil paintings of her properties. I really did feel like one of the "Little People".

    I also had Martin Landau from the original 1960's Mission Impossible TV series, drop off his laundry. He was visiting his sister who lived in the neighborhood.

    Had 2 strippers drop off for a couple of years.....they had interesting laundry, such as bras with no cups. You can't make this stuff up. Life in the big city.

    This wasn't in my mats, but I did live in John Gotti's neighborhood. Saw him all the time. He used to go to a restaurant a block away from my house.
    You always knew when he was coming because they would call the restaurant ahead of time. The restaurant would then put chairs outside in the street to save him a parking spot right in front. Then his car would pull up, he would go inside, and a couple of goons would guard the entrance.

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 7.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-12-2018 11:59
    ​There's a big entertainment venue less that a mile from our laundromat. Whenever they need drop off laundry done, the runners bring in as many separate bags or large bundles as needed. Somehow we always get through it. Paul McCartney was held over in St. Louis for several days a few years ago and we processed his personal laundry.AYflFrRPTECGgdn0Dc2r_Paul McCartney's robe.jpg

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    Jerry Schwartz
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Soulard Soap
    Saint Louis MO
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  • 8.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-11-2018 11:45
    I'm feeling pretty pedestrian in this discussion, but I can count Eric Clapton as a one-time customer.  I've read he's a bit OCD about doing his own laundry.

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    Paul Kludt
    Multi-Store Owner
    Lake Worth Coin Laundry
    West Palm Bch FL
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  • 9.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-12-2018 14:05
    So Richard,
    Were you able to remove the blood stains from his WDF?

    We had a young man that used to drop off laundry that ended up dissolved in a barrel of acid down in Baja Mexico. He was unemployed in his home state and when he came to California he became involved in drug dealing with a certain cartel. His cartel connection started to ripoff off the cartel and other dope slingers and they both ended up very dead. Perhaps not so famous or infamous but certainly a word to the wise about who you associate with and what line of work may be suitable for your desired lifestyle or lifespan.

    David

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    David Keith
    Store Owner/ Employee
    san diego CA
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  • 10.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-12-2018 19:54
    "So Richard,
    Were you able to remove the blood stains from his WDF?"

    David,

    Police Detectives possibly looking for DNA on WDF?

    When I read your question for Richard ... I had a flashback as to how tenuous a local police detective was with looking through the archives of my video surveillance relating to a rare local homicide about 10 years ago.  He was not leaving any stone unturned ... as in looking to see an individual(s) possibly using our dumpster in the middle of a specific night.  The department did get the Jeffrey Dahmer style killer(s) of a much physically smaller young man than them.


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    Michael Walsh www.kingkoin.com
    Store Owner/ Employee
    King Koin Laundry, Car n Dog Wash
    Bismarck ND
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  • 11.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-23-2018 16:31
    I can't think of any famous characters we have served but I do occasionally look at someone and wonder if they are in the mat trying to destroy "evidence" by washing it away!!!! LOL

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    Rick and Martha Morrison
    Twin City Laundry
    1208 Washington Way Ste 110
    Longview, WA 98632
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  • 12.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-23-2018 18:13
    I once had two young men get into an argument over a washer on a busy day.

    It happened right before I got to the store.

    What happened?
    One of them went out to his truck and came back with a padlock on a chain.
    He swung the padlock right into the other guy's head.

    By the time I got there, he was being handcuffed and arrested.
    Blood all over the place.

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 13.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-23-2018 18:18
    Paulie,

    No wonder you moved to Arizona.

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    Larry Adamski
    Muskegon Laundromat
    Spring Lake MI
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  • 14.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-24-2018 04:22
    Being the closest Drop Off location to the Talladega SuperSpeedway we see a variety of Drop Off from the Race Teams. It took a couple of years to build the trust of them but now we see a regular flow for each race. Yes they have had issues with not getting items back at other laundries. Many of the items are embroidered shirts that aren't available to the public.

    Business varies depending on the location of the race the prior week. They are all based in North Carolina so if they have East Coast races they can replenish their items at home. When they raced in Texas the week before Talladega one year we were at the store until 9pm trying to get everything done.

    We have reached the trust level now that some teams have dropped off the drivers race suits for us to clean.

    It's always interesting reading the ticket names that week. Petty Racing, Danica Racing, Jr Racing, Hendrick etc

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    Ken Barrett
    Washin Golden Springs Coin Laundry

    Ken@washincoinlaundry.com
    Pell City AL
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  • 15.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-25-2018 00:50

    Had a guy several years ago that robbed one of the local banks and got away.
    He was caught at one of the Laundromats I work on.
    Seems the red Dye Pack in the money had exploded.
    He was trying to wash it out when the police showed up.
    He was Caught "Red Handed" while he was trying to "Launder Money."
    He also had a Green package of Rit Dye, so I guess that was his next move.
    True story.



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    DAVID CHAMLEE
    Service Technician since 1986
    and sometimes Laundromat Owner
    CCR
    Santa Barbara, CA
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  • 16.  RE: Do you have Famous or Infamous Customers?

    Posted 07-25-2018 14:26
    David,

    That is so funny! Glad he got caught "red handed".

    Now he needs to cleanse himself of his sins, haha.

    I wonder how the cops tracked him to the mat.
    I have a friend who about a year ago was waiting on line at his bank when 2 gunmen came in.
    They robbed the bank and the customers....Put a gun to his head and took his money & cellphone.
    When the cops came he told them that the gunmen took his phone. The cops laughed and said they can easily track them, not just through the phone, but with a homing device that the teller put in the money bag.

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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