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Old 09-27-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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Stinky people at work

do you tell them ?

no, I just make fun of them behind there back
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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The ones who are doused in cologne/perfume I will make fun of.
The ones who just reek, I feel bad for them
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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I used to work with someone who had body odor so intense that it made me nauseous. The kind of BO that would linger long after she left an office or cubicle. As Jerry and Elaine used to say, "it was BBO".

I never said anything to her, nor did anyone else (to the best of my knowledge). Not even Human Resources.

Just thinking about it is turning my stomach, blech!!
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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The kind of BO that would linger long after she left an office or cubicle. A!

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Old 09-27-2013, 09:18 PM   #5
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Fortunately I worked in a fragrance free workplace, so the overwhelming, choking stench of too much cheap perfume wasn't an issue.

I did work with one person who seemed to have a personal hygiene issue. I didn't speak to her directly, since I had to work with her every day. But I did have a private word with my immediate supervisor who in turn spoke to her discretely and privately. The problem was resolved.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:36 PM   #6
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Never encountered truly bad body odor at work but I had to supervise a young worker who insisted that he had to wear so much heavy cologne because his car leaked oil or something and stunk up his car and clothes His cologne aggravated two people with asthma.

Even after speaking with him privately several times he did not stop. We had to involve Human Resources to speak with him.

Wish I worked in a fragrance-free situation; stepping into elevators after someone has overdosed on perfume drives me nuts!
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:38 PM   #7
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I could never tell them....

But when your body odor is that bad, can't you smell it off yourself??
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:46 AM   #8
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The ones who are doused in cologne/perfume I will make fun of.
The ones who just reek, I feel bad for them
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:54 AM   #9
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Years ago I worked with a man (he was my boss!) who had horrible BO. He was the nicest person and everyone liked him, but oh the stink!!!!! We would all talk about it (when he wasn't there) and we wondered why his wife didn't smell him and do something about it. Some of did go to upper management about it but as far as I know nobody ever said anything to him. It was funny because on Fridays he would work in another office so we all looked forward to Fridays!! It is a very delicate situation and really I can't think of a good solution.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:34 AM   #10
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I supervised someone who reeked of BO. She wasn't that way when I first met her but after a few years it was awful. No one wanted to sit in the cubical next to her.

She never bathed, never washed her clothes. I had to talk to her about it but nothing changed.

I even went to Human Resources but they said there was nothing they could do. She finally managed to screw up so bad that she was fired.

Everyone was happy to see her go.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:43 PM   #11
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One of my favorite management memories is when an employee came to me to complain that the woman she shared an office with was constantly farting.
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One of my favorite management memories is when an employee came to me to complain that the woman she shared an office with was constantly farting.
Lol. I hope in that situation I could be professional but *SNORT* that's funny stuff
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:53 PM   #13
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I work with a few gentlemen who should consider bathing more. People have mentioned it, but they always have an excuse ready.
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A close friend of mine worked with a woman in an office setting who had such horrible body odor that the entire department (roughly a dozen people) went to HR and insisted they do something about it. HR attempted to "handle" the situation. The woman refused to try and remedy the problem and hired an attorney to represent her against her employer. She used the reasons that she could find no deodorant that didn't irritate her skin to the point of having to seek medical attention. She also claimed all hypo-allergenic soaps also caused irritation and that she was unable to bathe on a regular basis. The other office workers were aware that she refused to wash her hands after trips to the bathroom, yet she returned to the office and handled machinery that was shared by all. She had been given gift baskets at holiday time from co-workers that included soaps, lotions, powder, body splash...all types of products to make one smell nice. She also claimed this had insulted and embarrassed her and used this in her law suit. She won!
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:11 PM   #15
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A close friend of mine worked with a woman in an office setting who had such horrible body odor that the entire department (roughly a dozen people) went to HR and insisted they do something about it. HR attempted to "handle" the situation. The woman refused to try and remedy the problem and hired an attorney to represent her against her employer. She used the reasons that she could find no deodorant that didn't irritate her skin to the point of having to seek medical attention. She also claimed all hypo-allergenic soaps also caused irritation and that she was unable to bathe on a regular basis. The other office workers were aware that she refused to wash her hands after trips to the bathroom, yet she returned to the office and handled machinery that was shared by all. She had been given gift baskets at holiday time from co-workers that included soaps, lotions, powder, body splash...all types of products to make one smell nice. She also claimed this had insulted and embarrassed her and used this in her law suit. She won!
ahhhh a victory for the stanky people
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