Delegate wants parity in dry cleaning prices
ANNAPOLIS - A shirt is always a shirt, at least that's what some might think.
But when Del. J. Anita Stup, R-Frederick/Washington, takes her clothes to the dry cleaners, she said she ends up paying as much as three times more to have her shirts cleaned than she pays for her husband's shirts.
"It's something that has ticked me off forever," Stup said.
But instead of just grumbling and paying, she has done something about it. Last month Stup filed legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that would prohibit dry cleaners from discriminating between men and women in their pricing.
"All we're trying to do is to make sure everything is a shirt for a shirt," she said.
The issue is not a new one; claims of disparities in gender pricing has been made for years. Dry cleaners said they have heard this complaint before, and insist that it is mostly unwarranted.