The phenomenon of abandoned cars is a common one in Qatar, especially those left behind by people who have had to move out of the country on short notice. Now, some laundries in Doha and elsewhere are facing a similar problem - that of "abandoned" clothes.
Over the past few months, a number of customers have not returned to collect their clothes and the pay their dues, say laundry operators. As a result, the outlets are struggling to cope with financial losses even as cloth stocks pile up and occupy more and more space in the shops.
In some cases, customers have not come back to collect clothes that were given as long as six months ago for ironing, dry-cleaning and other purposes, sources have told Gulf Times. Queries have revealed that most of these customers have left the country for good, "abandoning" the clothes.Corroborating this, a laundry operator who runs two shops said one of his outlets has "abandoned" clothes and blankets, leading to pending dues close to QR8,000. "My enquiries over the last two months have found that their owners and their families have already left Qatar owing to different reasons," he added.
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