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Old 09-28-2013, 12:34 AM   #16
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We had a big HR meeting last year, and the thing underscored is you never ever ever ever say anything to a co-worker about anything personal.
You can go to HR, but bottom line, in this lawsuit happy era, a coworkers right to smell outweighs your right not to have to smell them.
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:56 AM   #17
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I once worked with a lady who had cats..and I mean a lot of cats. I don't think she had bo issues, it was the smell from her house. Every piece of clothing, her handbag, everything smelled like cat litter. She left her sweater and first thing in the morning after the office was locked for the night I was queasy the whole day. I never told her how bad it was. She was the nicest lady.

I can't work with the too much perfume stinky. I would have an asthma attack. Its gotten so bad in my older years that I even avoid Belks and places with a perfume area.

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Old 09-28-2013, 04:54 AM   #18
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We had a learner come into our college a while back, perfectly nice. After a while I began to detect a foul stench... turned out he'd trampled dog doo all over my nice clean carpet! I was not a happy camper
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:07 AM   #19
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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.
What was done about that? I ask because when I get stressed "extra" gas is produced and at my age holding it back is not always an option. One good sneeze and you're done! Well, not done, just for the moment...

I've tried using air freshener on my chair but that absolutely reeks and makes ME sick!
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:22 AM   #20
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Luckily not in years but when I used to wait tables (around the age of 18) there was a server who obviously did not wear deodorant. He smelled okay at the beginning of the shift but it wasn't long before he would start stinking. I thought about anonymously buying a stick of deodorant and put his name on it but figured it might hurt his feelings... so I just did nothing. The weird thing was that none of my co-workers mentioned it or at least didn't around me...
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:07 AM   #21
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Back when I was in college I worked retail. There was a hippie-type girl who refused to use any unnatural products, including deodorant. Various employees complained to the manager. She finally said something after the people at the bank....... the people who received the store deposit from behind a bullet proof glass window........ complained about her smell.

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Old 09-28-2013, 07:19 AM   #22
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This week I was the stinky one, one day. It was physical work in a HOT room. I could tell I wasn't smelling delightful by the end of the day. Yuck and bad when it's yourself!
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:21 AM   #23
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I had the unfortunate problem a few years ago of getting big, huge rashes that scabbed over and sometimes pussed up on my pits whenever I wore deodorant.

Went to the doctor and she suggested some substitutes, most of which were fine for about 2.5 hours but didn't last all day for me, so I was constantly reapplying, which gets a bit gross after awhile too.

Eventually I discovered I could wear Dove and then they came out with Dove Clinical strength. I would wear Dove mostly and started using the clinical when I was going to get hot and stinky.

Now the allergy seems to have died down - I can wear deodorant without rashes, but I still stick to my Dove products when I can.

My apologies to anyone I offended when I was stinky, but I had seeping rashes on my pits!
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:35 AM   #24
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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.
Bet that was a ripping good time...not.
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Old 09-28-2013, 12:06 PM   #25
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MANY yrs ago went to school with a girl who came from a crazy home. She smelled so bad we kids couldn't take it. I felt sorry for her as her parents were clearly at fault. She was sweet as still think about her. Our teacher would brush her hair in a nice way. Her parents were crazy I guess.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:53 PM   #26
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kids who smell, it's not their fault.

Adults who smell because of working in a hot room one day, etc, no biggie. Life happens. Even someone like a pp who said they couldn't use deodorant because of sores in their pits, that's totally understandable and I feel bad for them.

But I can't stand people who are just dirty. Not bathing for weeks, gross hair, dirty clothes (like pig-pen dirty). A homeless person... ok, I get it. I'm talking about regular people who have jobs, houses, showers, can afford a bar of soap, etc. When their odor invades my personal space, it becomes my problem and issue too. I've never had to work w/ someone like that, so I don't really know what I'd do in that situation. But I've been in social situations w/ people like this, and I just keep my distance.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:55 PM   #27
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I worked at a coffee shop several years ago with a girl who refused to use deoderant. She wore a crazy amount of patchouli eo and the combination of that and bo was nauseating to the point that customers would talk about it (and not come back). It absolutely amazes me that she either never heard them say it or just ignored it altogether. She was still working there when I got another job, I have always wondered if someone ever said something to her about it.

To this day, I can't stand patchouli because it reminds me of her smell. Makes my stomach turn.
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:06 PM   #28
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Years ago I worked with a lady who had a kidney issue and this in turn just caused the most foulest death smell ever. It was like rotten flesh; no, old people rotten flesh covered in farts dipped in decaying fecal matter smeared with underarm sweat.

But the lady was so nice and knew she had this smell. She had to keep working for the insurance. Luckily, the work situation was such that we all had booths to work in; two to a booth. We just gave her her own booth and arranged schedules so that no one used her booth for hours later. There was no air circulation so even Lysoling her chair would just get you Lysol smell and stench combined.

She eventually got better after a Rx change or something. It was great that the work place knew about it, didn't hold it against her, came to a solution, AND didn't force any of us to share with her. We would ask her to lunch so she wasn't spending the whole day alone.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:50 PM   #29
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[QUOTE=kellyg403;49687377]I once worked with a lady who had cats..and I mean a lot of cats. I don't think she had bo issues, it was the smell from her house. Every piece of clothing, her handbag, everything smelled like cat litter. She left her sweater and first thing in the morning after the office was locked for the night I was queasy the whole day. I never told her how bad it was. She was the nicest lady.

I have a good friend with cats and I can't tell her that her clothes and car smell so bad. What's worse, the litter box is in the foyer so as soon as I walk in I'm overwhelmed with litter stink. She's 80 and doesn't smell it.
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I teach gymnastics, I am sure by the end of the day we all smell. With the little girls, once a year I sit down the nine years olds and let them know that it is time to start wearing deodorant. They work out four hours a day and nobody wants to spot a smelly kid.
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