This morning there were piles of dishes heaped up by the sink, so I packed and turned on the dishwashers.
This has caused something of a ruckus.
The maid / housekeeper came in around 7am and opened her eyes wide. When it was packed she asked if I knew how to turn it on. I pressed ON and Start but nothing happened.
After a while she had the idea that the power outlet was turned off.
I turned the dishwasher on and it worked.
This was something of a surprise to the people in the kitchen at the time.
Since then, staff keep coming in from the office to make tea. When they ask for a mug, Irene tells them I put the dishwasher on and they shrug and they laugh and make a funny face. There are no mugs in the cupboard. People are drinking tea out of small tea-cups.
Apparently here everything is hand-washed for you and I have broken the system by trying to do some work using a labor-saving device.