I wrote that the workaround for this problem:
Recently, Sibylla Waters, 46, a homemaker in Odenton, Md., who has two children living at home, hired Landers Appliance in Baltimore to repair a plastic detergent dispenser on her Roper dishwasher for $179, even though the machine is seven years old and could be replaced for about $400.
was putting the detergent in before the clothes. Juanderlust commented that most people don't wash their clothes in the dishwasher.
So back to the story. Apparently, Mrs Waters saw only two options for her broken dishwasher: repair or replace.
Does anyone else see a third option?
Hint: Mrs Waters "has two children living at home."
Doesn't Mrs Waters have two backup dishwashers living in her house, eating her food, using her electricity? Isn't one of the reasons to have kids so you can delegate the chores to someone else? Why didn't the reporter ask this question: "Mrs Waters, wouldn't you rather spend that $179 on a nice pair of shoes and have your kids do the dishes by hand?"