Musician contacts ‘Better Call Behnken,’ says Bradenton cleaners lost her one-of-a-kind clothes

laundry mix-up

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Cindy Diskin’s closet is a collection of what she considers costumes for her work as a musician. And now, at least half of her wardrobe is gone.

Most everything Diskin wears is one of a kind, clothes from her travels as a piano player and singer. She claims she dropped off 38 pounds of clothes to be cleaned at Manatee Laundry in Bradenton and says only four pounds were returned to her. Some of her clothes were picked up by a stranger who returned them, but the rest is still missing.

Diskin received a man’s clothes instead and returned those to the business.

laundry mix-up

“I have a lot of entertainment type of boutique clothes that … I travel around to find that I just couldn’t replace,” Diskin said. “I was devastated. I was absolutely beside myself.”

She called 8 On Your Side to help get answers, and Manatee Laundry owner Anthony Pike said he doesn’t buy Diskin’s story. He insists paperwork shows she dropped off 23 pounds of clothes, not 38, and none of her clothes were left behind.

“I’m not sure where she left her clothes,” Pike said. “But this is quite a story. Nothing like this has ever happened in the 18 months I have owned this laundromat.”

Pike admits there is no proof Diskin is wrong, just as there is no proof that the clothes went missing from his business. That’s because the business does not itemize clothing checked in to be laundered. Pike said this is usually not a problem and that most clothes that come through the doors are everyday clothes, including T-shirts, jeans and towels.

But Diskin’s clothes are different. They are expensive clothes for her performances

Pike said he’ll look into the situation again but, at this point, he is not planning to do anything to help Diskins.

He did say he recommends customers with expensive items ask to have those things itemized on a receipt.

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