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It’s difficult to believe that something as simple as laundry can be considered privileged. Apparently the Left doesn’t get it; but as long as there are menial tasks to be done, there will be somebody of privilege getting their tasks done by somebody menial.

So it shouldn’t surprise anybody sane, that a company like Washio has started up.

According to Mic, silicon valley is in the midst of a white male privilege class war.

Washio, a two-year-old startup that provides on-demand laundry service, caters to that elite: those new residents of the Valley who have never been to a laundromat in their life. As wealthy startup employees drive up rent and force out residents who depended on the convenience of nearby laundromats, those laundromats are now closing down.

I wonder if these people would have shared their same concern when buggy whip manufacturers halted production?

Let’s analyze the “problem.” Wealthy people are causing the cost of living to go up, so the people remaining will have outrageous values for their dilapidated properties, but they won’t have laundromats? {The poor: they suffer in silence!}

The article goes on to condemn the entire tech sector.

If the tech sector feels guilty about this, they’re hiding it well, as demonstrated by one Google employee who attempted to justify the extreme gentrification with a tone-deaf tweet explaining that no one needs laundromats anymore. No one who matters, that is. No one rich.


What is this “Povaphobe?” {Povaphobe: Noun – A person who could not care less about the poor. (see  also Republican or Conservative)}

The povaphobe in question is Rohit Jenveja, the man who helps build Google’s email platform. He said that startups like Washio are killing the need for laundromats. However, according to the author of this article, Jenveja is wrong on a couple levels here.

The need for laundromats isn’t going away. Silicon Valley isn’t elevating every San Francisco resident to an income bracket that allows for on-demand laundry, just a select few. For everyone else, they’re stuck doing their laundry the traditional way, waiting hours in a laundromat, a stack of quarters in hand.

Jenveja’s perspective sheds a light on his privilege. It represents Silicon Valley’s insistence on prioritizing free-market ideologies and tech industry boosterism over common sense and the needs of the poor — an ideology convinced that the invisible hand of the market, with some guidance from these innovators, will sort everything out naturally.

Jenveja is likely from Calcutta, and grew up with no running water, but don’t let this bourgeois white guy not explain “privilege” to him.

Finally we get the real answer, to which I alluded earlier.

So why are San Francisco laundromats actually closing down? Two reasons: real estate and the tech boom. There is a shortage of housing in San Francisco, which is a problem exacerbated by the boom in startups and the influx of highly paid employees. The rich want homes, and they’re willing to buy the poor out of them.

So the real problem is that poor people are not selling their homes to these rich people, and thus creating the laundromat shortage. Those stinking rich!



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