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June 3, 2008 6:42 PM   Subscribe

Laundromat in Ann Arbor, MI or surrounding area that accepts credit cards?

The bank screwed up and didn't send the PIN when I got a new ATM card. I live nowhere near a branch for my bank. It'll be 3-5 days before the envelope containing my PIN (which I ordered tonight) arrives. I am cashless until then. And all my clothes are dirty. They're loaded in my car and ready to go to the laundromat, but unless there's a place more technologically advanced than Mr. Stadium around here somewhere, I won't be able to use the washers and dryers. So does any body know of a laundromat in Ann Arbor (or even the surrounding towns- I'm willing to drive, I think) that accepts payment by credit card? Please help. I'm out of underwear.
posted by PhatLobley to Grab Bag (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm out of underwear.

If you can't locate a laundromat to meet your needs, maybe you could use your credit card to buy a new package of underwear at a nearby store? That'll at least get you by. Good luck!
posted by amyms at 7:05 PM on June 3, 2008 [1 favorite]

Go to a grocery store, buy something small like a candy bar, and get cashback on your credit card purchase? Most of the grocery stores around where I live, and other stores like Target, will let you get $20 or more cash.
posted by indyz at 7:18 PM on June 3, 2008

Indyz--while I am a huge proponent of the cash-back-to-avoid-ATM-fee scheme, I don't believe this will work if the OP doesn't know her PIN. As far as I know, you can only do cash back on debit (not credit card) purchases, and debits require your PIN.
posted by Jemstar at 7:26 PM on June 3, 2008

- Wash your underwear in the sink. Really, it ain't hard.
- Wait, if you have a car, can't you drive to the nearest branch? Googlemaps is your friend.

- If you are really, truly unable to resolve this issue by Thursday ... heck. I'll meet you downtown and give you quarters. Why not? You get your laundry, and I will get the best story about meeting a complete stranger from the internet ever. "Oh, no, we didn't know each other, but you see, he needed to do his laundry..."

Or we could have a spontaneous Ann Arbor Mefite mini-meetup. Come on, guys!
posted by bettafish at 7:30 PM on June 3, 2008

Btw, on reread - I absolutely didn't mean to make your dilemma sound so trivial in my first two suggestions. Sorry about that! I do hope you can solve this, via sneaky Mefi meetup for quarter transfer or otherwise.
posted by bettafish at 7:33 PM on June 3, 2008

Response by poster: bettafish, my dilemma is way trivial in the grand scheme of things. Didn't mean to sound all dramatic. The nearest branch of my bank (USBank) is in, like, Cincinnati. Unfortunately I don't have the time for that kind of commute. I'm in for the meetup- I'll start a tab at Connor's- on my credit card!- or elsewhere to pay you back for the quarters.
posted by PhatLobley at 7:46 PM on June 3, 2008

Why, I just happen to be in Ann Arbor till Thursday evening. I'll gladly throw in a few bucks for your laundry.
posted by Loto at 7:47 PM on June 3, 2008

There are two Hick's cleaners. I would expect them to take credit cards, since they do dryclean stuff as well as laundry.
posted by proj08 at 8:07 PM on June 3, 2008

hey, I can pitch in some cash too! Mini meetup wednesday after work?
posted by ulotrichous at 8:14 PM on June 3, 2008

I can't do Wednesday, ulotrichous, I have a doctor's appointment, and then dinner with friends of the family. :/ (for for the doctor part, not the dinner part.)
posted by bettafish at 8:22 PM on June 3, 2008

Response by poster: I won't be available Thursday until sometime after 9:30, which, for you 9-5 folks might be a little late. Wednesday I have the day off, so any time works.
posted by PhatLobley at 8:53 PM on June 3, 2008

Well, I can certainly bow out, but count me in to any sequels.
posted by bettafish at 9:51 PM on June 3, 2008

Can I paypal a quarter to the laundry fund? Alas, too far distant to make the meet-up.

(back on topic -- if you find a "wash & fold" service, they may not take credit cards, but will usually take a cheque).
posted by devbrain at 9:58 PM on June 3, 2008

I am not in Ann Arbor but I just love the direction this thread has taken. What about using a Wash-N-Fold service that launders your clothes for you? Surely they'd take a credit card.
posted by kate blank at 5:36 AM on June 4, 2008

I can grab a roll of quarters from work today or tomorrow and you could paypal me for them or get me a six-pack of Oberon. Or just owesies until you get your PIN. I get done at 6 and live downtown.
posted by samph at 12:49 PM on June 4, 2008

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