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No ticket, no photos

Posted by Lewis on June 12, 2006

In Reply to: No tickee, no washee posted by RRC on June 09, 2006

: : What is the origin of the phrase "no ticky, no washy"?

: No ticket, no laundry. Comes from ridiculing the speech of Chinese immigrants who stereotypically run laundries. It can be used to mean if you don't have something required, you won't get what you want - in the specific case, you must have the receipt from dropping your laundry off to get your laundry back. I wouldn't think it would be in good taste / politically correct to use the phrase now.

I'm sure the 'no ticky' would be thought rude, as it makes fun of language difficulties, but the sentiment makes the properly pronounced phrase just as useful - "no ticket, no laundry" or to be slightly more modern "no ticket, no photos".
encapsulates an attitude.