msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 4/1/2011 12:15:29 PM ET 2011-04-01T16:15:29

A laundromat and car-wash owner in Pennsylvania is banning some of his customers — for bringing in clothes that are too dirty.

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Troy Schoenly says he's fed up with natural gas workers bringing overly greasy clothes to his self-service laundry, Troy's Suds Depot. And not just that, he doesn't want their muddy trucks at his car wash, either.

Politicians in Pennsylvania may say the burgeoning development of the natural gas industry is good for the state's economy, but Schoenly doesn't want any part of it.

"Coming in here and finding a washer that's completely covered with grease and oil, [you] basically have to tear it all apart because you can't get it all out by wiping the inside out," Schoenly told a local television station, WNEP-TV.

As for his car wash, dirty trucks are a problem because they leave behind big piles of mud that turn off his longtime customers.

"It deters my local customers who have supported me almost 20 years. They don't want to pull into a bay completely full of mud, when they just want to rinse their car off," Schoenly said.

'No exceptions!'
Schoenly argues that extremely greasy clothes should be handled by a commercial uniform company.

He has erected signs in front of his business reading, "Absolutely no muddy vehicles in any of our wash bays, no exceptions!"

The owner of a laundromat in nearby Canton, Landon's Laundry, told WNEP that he keeps his machines clean even though natural gas workers clean their clothes there.

Truck driver Marion Clonch isn't a gas industry worker, but he goes to Landon's Laundry nonetheless because he feels unwelcome at Troy's Suds Depot, WNEP reported.

"They didn't want dirty clothes in the washers. And I didn't know where to draw the line where mine are too dirty for him or not, so I always come here," Clonch said.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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