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Clothes stolen from laundry at college - normal?

1214mom1214mom Registered User Posts: 3,788 Senior Member
edited September 2013 in Parent Cafe
My son recently had his (wet) hoodie sweatshirts stolen from the laundry room at college. The jeans weren't taken, just the sweatshirts. The couple of people I've told say this is a fairly normal occurrence. I don't think this will convince him to stay in the room while he's doing laundry, and I took this opportunity to stress the importance of LOCKING his room, which they still may not be doing regularly. Is theft really that normal? I don't know that it matters, but this is a private school that's quite expensive.
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Replies to: Clothes stolen from laundry at college - normal?

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 63,563 Senior Member
    College dorms are frequently targeted by thieves because many students grew up in very low crime areas and are not accustomed to basic security precautions against theft (like locking doors and windows).

    But wet laundry seems to be an odd item to be stolen.
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,872 Senior Member
    If the hoodies had the college name and/or insignia on them, anyone could take them, wear them, and never be noticed. And the cost of those can be $50 - $60 and higher, so it's not surprising.

    I know North Face fleece and jackets are another "popular" item to steal.

    This is when our kids learn that the world is not always as nice as they thought it was.
  • ordinarylivesordinarylives Registered User Posts: 2,899 Senior Member
    It was not an uncommon occurrence back when I was in college. I'm not surprised it still happens.
  • VAMom2015VAMom2015 Registered User Posts: 1,348 Senior Member
    Well I don't know about stolen laundry, but I have a tip that might help him lock his dorm door. My good friend's daughter is a freshman. One weekend night a drunk guy (who lives across the hall) walked into her dorm room (which wasn't locked), walked across the room and barfed into her laundry (while she was sleeping until the barfing commenced). Needless to say she was doing laundry at 2am. Hope that helps convince him to lock his door!!
  • hyperJuliehyperJulie Registered User Posts: 1,542 Senior Member
    I have to say that the hoodies are a primary target, from what I've observed. They're generally unisex, will fit many people (unlike jeans that are kind of specifically sized) and since anybody could buy the same sweatshirt at the college store, they're easy to take and not get caught. (For instance, if somebody stole my Nirvana hoodie that I got from a garage sale several years ago, they'd have a hard time explaining how they came by the same article of clothing suddenly that hasn't been sold in stores for years.)
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    The one with the smiley face?^
    They found it at goodwill.
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Registered User Posts: 3,673 Senior Member
    I know of a case where a student who owned some nice big fluffy towels had them stolen from a college laundry room.
  • ChicagoBearChicagoBear Registered User Posts: 709 Member
    My DS had over $1,000 in name brand clothing stolen from the laundry near the end of his freshman year. Luckily, we had CSI insurance which reimbursed the retail price of the items stolen plus sales tax - less a $25 deductible.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    My oldests freshman dorm room was right next to the laundry room. But still, she would forget about it. She was lucky, people would put her stuff in the dryer & even take her stuff outof the dryer and fold it!
    Now she has to go to the next building and even though you need a key to get in the laundry room, she has had stuff gone missing.
  • HImomHImom Registered User Posts: 29,774 Senior Member
    I had a pair of jeans that I loved stolen from the laundry room (and don't think many folks in my dorm would have fit & never saw anyone wear them in my dorm--very distinctive). Never could figure that one out but no other thefts of clothing in my 6 years away in college & law school.

    Neither of my kids have mentioned any of their clothing being stolen, tho S did have his phone and wallet stolen when he left them on the gym bleachers at the end of freshman year. D had her phone stolen when she left it in an auditorium once after viewing a movie.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 63,563 Senior Member
    One annoyance I remember in college was that the dryers took twice as long to dry a load of clothes as it took the washers to wash the same load of clothes. They put the same number of washers and dryers in each laundry room, instead of doing the sensible thing and having 2/3 of the machines be dryers.
  • battled12battled12 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Someone actually stole my favorite pair of underwear from the dryer this past weekend. Lol
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,872 Senior Member
    Back in the day when I was in college I had numerous very good items stolen right out of my closet -- good wool dresses, jackets, etc. Very upsetting.
  • eireanneireann Registered User Posts: 1,480 Senior Member
    Somebody on my college athletic team had a sweatshirt disappear from our athletic facility and she actually saw somebody on the men's team wearing it. That was hilarious because the sweatshirt actually specified that it was for a women's team (from her high school). It was also a women's small and (she was 5'1" and it fit her well) and the person who took it was over 6 feet. It looked ridiculous on him -- the sleeves were at his elbows. I don't think she said anything to him, though.
  • toledotoledo Registered User Posts: 4,821 Senior Member
    I thought my unique "designer" jeans were stolen from our sorority house laundry, until I found them months later, being worn by by a sorority sister, who didn't live in the house. She had let me stay at her apartment for a few days during the holidays, and I guess she just took them out of my suitcase. By this point they had faded, so I demanded money on the spot (a campus classroom building). She wrote me a check. Later that day she called me, saying her aunt had given her the jeans, as she'd been unable to tell me where the jeans were purchased, when originally confronted. I don't believe she ever showed her face at any sorority events after that. I was one of the few friends that she had.
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