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Abuse of changers

  • 1.  Abuse of changers

    Posted 13 days ago
    OK, enough is enough. I understand that your loved one is in prison. You need quarters for his commissary. I understand it...two peas in a pod! Got it. That was your choice but please stop taking my quarters.
    But that other group who are business owners who deplete my fives because they will not go to a bank. They have reached a level lower than that of a ... Well I can only wish they will stop!

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    Curt Harrington
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  • 2.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 13 days ago
    Curt,

    Go to a Sports store and we gonna play some ball. Get a good baseball bat. A metal one if you can and some nails.
    After you get it, please PM the Godfather and we can discuss " hypothetically" how baseball can solve your problem.

    GODFATHER.

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    ORIGINAL GODFATHER
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  • 3.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 13 days ago
    Sorry but I fail to see tje relevance or.connection with the first partpof your post.

     Commissary in prison costs more than a few quarters.  You obviously never have been in or know people that are doing time.

     Funds for commissaries are.loaded by friends or family who put money on their books.  So you lost me on the quarter & 2 peas in a pod illustration.

     With regards to other business owners taking your 5s.  I could see how that can be a problem.  Talk to them & see if they will be willing to understand and revise their routine.



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    Juan
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Cocoa FL
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  • 4.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 12 days ago
    Edited by Curt Harrington 12 days ago
    The local prison allows $40.00 in quarters for commissary. For years I have been changing signs on my changer asking the same people not to take quarters. I even went through the approval process to place a sign on their bulletin board asking for this to stop. Oh it gets better. The loved ones of those incarcerated have sufficiently raised the amount of crime in the area. I suppose there is a good part of this story. The people employed at the prison need rental homes.

    As to those taking fives I do write them letters or complain to the district manager when I can put together what business they are affiliated with. At least that has slowed down a bit.

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    Curt Harrington

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  • 5.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 12 days ago
    Curt,

    Sounds like you have yet another reason to go DCO....or card for that matter. Quarters are quickly heading to the graveyard of outlived usefulness as far as the mat business is concerned. Just sayin'....

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 6.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 12 days ago
    Edited by Curt Harrington 12 days ago
    Good point about the dollar coin. Any new equipment will definitely have dollar coin drops. Unfortunately they were not available years ago. I think I should go that route but Bob's suggestion would solve the problem.

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    Curt Harrington

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  • 7.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 12 days ago
    Our folks have reached a new low by banging on the coin boxes and opening the bottom panel on our Dexters looking for quarters.  What a pain so I fixed them by putting torx screws in them!  I get the last laugh.

    Bridget Wallace

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    JOSEPH WALLACE
    Store Owner/ Employee
    BATON ROUGE LA
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  • 8.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 12 days ago
    Edited by DAVID CHAMLEE 12 days ago
    Responding to Bridget's comment;

    A War Story -

    Reminds of one place I worked on about 20 years ago.
    The Bums had figured out how to remove the Wasco Gen 4 front panels, reach up inside, and push the coin start mech.
    Several times I caught one or two guys screwing on the front panel screws.
    When confronted, they all claimed to be tightening loose screws as OCD behavior.
    Not believing their good intentions, I went to a Specialty Bolt place near here and bought a couple dozen Left-handed stainless steel screws with Identical heads, but the next size up in thread, and a tap. 
    Took about 40 minutes to tap everything, the hardest being the brass connector at the top. Had to carefully not damage the metric threads on the reverse side. Hit the metric screws with nail polish (Hot Purple Jazz! my favorite @ 99c a bottle)
    Put in the all new screws, and it looked great.
    Took a sneak-peek in the window the next day.
    There was one of the guys struggling to unscrew the screw.
    Confronted him again. Claimed as usual to be tightening the screws.
    Funny, If he had Really been Tightening the Left-handed screws, they would have come out in his hands!
    Owner's washer revenue went up by 40% on those washer from then on.​

    Only problem is; I Did have to replace the screws because of damaged screw heads for about 6 months.
    Some were Slow Learners, or recent releases.

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    DAVID CHAMLEE
    Service Technician since 1986
    and sometimes Laundromat Owner
    CCR
    Santa Barbara, CA
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  • 9.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 12 days ago
    Very ingenious, David, thanks for sharing.

    As far as I can tell, I don't have any OCD people or any people claiming to have OCD.  Perhaps that's redundant, yes?

    I do have a couple of thieves.  They steal other people's clothes and clothes baskets and sometimes phones.  Do you ever wonder why some people will have a yard sale with a bunch of clothes 2 or 3 Saturdays a month?  Maybe so, maybe no, but the clothes stolen from a laundromat are going somewhere.  At any rate, getting a proper camera system going now seems to be a top priority.  Especially since good systems are now pretty reasonable and can be accessed from a cell phone.

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    Jim Allen
    Store Owner/ Employee
    VIP Laundry
    Orange CA

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  • 10.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 12 days ago
    Paulie, that's a capital idea, dollar coins.  My bank says they have plenty of dollar coins.

    It would work especially well on the bigger washers where the vend is $4-5-6 or more.  I would have to get a new coin changer or bill changer to make it work.  Maybe the gov't says that dollar coins are a failure, but they might work well for me.

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    Jim Allen
    Store Owner/ Employee
    VIP Laundry
    Orange CA

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  • 11.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 11 days ago
    I have to add to the gen 4 starting by bums. A girl who worked at the laundromat down the street would wash her clothes at my place. Thinking this odd looked at the video to find a large clothes basket blocking one camera. OK, 2+2 is usually 4 so I purchased glue boards for those machines. Yes the ones used for catching rats. They fit rather nicely where you would have your hand to start the machine. Right after that she stopped washing at my place.

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    Curt Harrington

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  • 12.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 11 days ago
    I never did this myself, but one owner put a sign on his change machine saying, "This machine dispenses up to 10% tokens that will only work in our machines. No cash refunds for tokens."  He reported that the "quarter thieves" stopped using the changers.

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    Y Winston
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Chesapeake VA
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  • 13.  RE: Abuse of changers

    Posted 10 days ago
    One of the reasons I switched to DC was to stop the quarter bandits and it worked.  I added a coin acceptor to my changers in for customers still brought quarters or first timers.  Unfortunately, I get about $1800/month in excess quarters.  I exchange those to replenish the dollar coins.  Customers love the simplicity of starting machines and being able to dry a small load with only a dollar.  If you stopped breaking bills, the extra effort to fill it could be used to replenish your coin hoppers.

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    Chris Mallam
    Norfolk VA
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