Monday, September 07, 2009

The immigrant-owned dry cleaners had a sign...

...that said "We open lebber's day."

I haven't yet decided if I shall follow suit.


Bob said...

Can you touch a lebber and not catch lebrosy?

Nathan said...

Surely you wouldn't take a suit to an illiterate dry cleaner.

staghounds said...

The sign on the native owned, thirty year in business, $3.75 per shirt cleaner in my lily white, $290,000 median house price, $87,000 median income town says-

"Closed Friday, Saturday, and Labor Day".

mycrofth4 said...

Dry cleaners ... follow suit.
Please tell me that was deliberate.

Word of the Day
Paronomasia: (def) Word play; punning

Tam said...


You should have heard the kids piss and moan when they found out the gun shop wasn't going to be closed for Secretaries' Day, Grandparents' Day, or National Car Care Month.

Can't make money unless the doors are open, and God bless the lebbers that realize it.

Avenger29 said...

I'm the kind of person that will work any day so I can make money. Even as a federal employee, we only close for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years (and only on those days themselves, not on the "Eves". And my university does not close for the minor holidays.

I'm not about to whine about working holidays. I need the cash. I've got one rule about working- I'll work anytime, anywhere, and do just about anything, so long as I get paid.

Tam said...

I always felt that in specialty retail or a service occupation, the shop should be closed only on the Big Three (Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's) and maybe Easter & Independence Day.

Staples retailers (grocery and gas) are generally open at least limited hours even on those days. You can usually find enough volunteer employees for a skeleton crew, especially if you sweeten the pay pot.

If you are in the business of separating the general public from their hard-earned money, you need to be open when they are off work. I've heard Mon-Fri/9-5 "banker's hours" as "catering to the unemployed".

Anonymous said...

"Dry cleaners ... follow suit."

Not to belabor the point, eh?

On a Wing and a Whim said...

I'm actually disappointed in my boss for having us closed Saturday (a normal day for us) and Monday - after all, this is a beautiful weekend, and we'll get lots of people out. With the related businesses closed, we'd get the traffic all to ourselves - and as the boss's father had a long-standing reputation of never closing except Christmas Day, people are trained to come rattle our doors when they can't find what they need at their other haunts.

Our boss is completely focused on his upcoming hunting trip, though, and there's no sense trying to talk sense into a man with hunting on the brain. I suspect the being closed this weekend is so he can get out to the bush without being delayed by business.

Nathan said...

I've heard Mon-Fri/9-5 "banker's hours" as "catering to the unemployed".

Which almost perfectly describes the operating hours of the Citizens Service Desk at the City-County Building, FWIW -- 8AM to 4PM, M-F excluding national holidays.

BoneHead said...

Anybody who owns a single piece of clothing that can't be washed at home, that has to be taken to a "dry cleaners"...needs to be shot in the butt, smacked in the head, and sent to the back of the gene pool line. So, who cares, if the dry cleaners are illiterate immigrants. Reminds me of people who hire illegal aliens, to mow their yards.

Tam said...

"So, who cares, if the dry cleaners are illiterate immigrants."

Well, they're working today. Chasing the American dream, and more power to 'em, I say.

Ian Argent said...

@BoneHead: Never have to attend a formal party, a corporate job interview, etc? A good suit is well worth the investment. (And it's not a big one, either. My two suits each cost less than the game console I just bought). They will require dry cleaning. And that's before you take a job that requires one from time to time (I know, they're getting less common as time goes on).

To be honest, there have been days that I regret the fad of business casual. But then, I learned how to wear a shirt-and-tie comfortably as a wee lad. (The secret is to buy the collar half-an-inch too big, it fits loosely, and remains unnoticeable)

Dry cleaners also take in normal laundry - and if you haven't the room to do your own due to living in a small urban apt...

BoneHead said...

OK..jeez, sorry! Every time I open my mouth!?
I love the American Dream!
I luv hardworking legal immigrants.
I hate sushi.
I hate corporate monkey-suits.
I don't understand people who don't wash their own clothes, change their own oil, or mow their own yards, etc etc.
I am a bonehead...sorry

Ian Argent said...

Whereas I understand that not everyone has the capability, capacity, or time to do any or all of those. I've done all those activities myself, I've hired almost all of them out I haven't paid a lawn service yet - don't plan to. OTOH, I'm going to hire out getting my gutters cleaned on the very strong suspicion that they're going to tell me the gutters need replacement.

Time and money are often interchangeable. If you're short on one, you often have a lot of the other - making use of your surplus either way isn't particularly evil - among other things it means you're getting some of what you don't have from the guy what's got (in exchange for what you have a lot of). That's the basis of capitalism.

Billy Beck said...

"I hate corporate monkey-suits."

Dunno what that means, but I have at least one blue silk sport jacket that works equally well blowing through airports and onstage with my little hobby rock band. I could just flat-out murder it if I wanted to, by trying to launder it at home.

Believe it or not, the world really is a bit larger than the home Maytag.