Post # 47
I too work with the public and being an employee for a library you get to interact with MANY types of people. There are a few people i can think of right now (regulars) that you can SMELL BEFORE YOU SEE THEM!!! These people do not shower because most of them are homeless, but are not allowed in homeless shelters. (I am assuming for drug reasons.) We recently have had people “grooming” in our bathrooms. What fun…
Post # 48
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I teach high school. I know ALLLLLLLLLLL about B.O.!! And the smell of greasy, unwashed hair.
Post # 49
Also, some people have little to no sense of smell and that is a big part of their problem.
There are, of course, those who perspire excessively. People like that may need to use prescription antiperspirant, not deodorant. I’m not sure if they make something similar for shampoo, but sometimes the oils on the hair are a big part of the issue.
Foul breath may be from smoking, infection, poor hygiene.
Post # 50
@Barbiestylez: eeeew! Are you referring to patrons of the strip club? Because if so, I’d feel so freaking sorry for the dancers. I can’t imagine being in such close proximity to someone you can smell 3-5 feet away. I rely on public transit in a city with a significant homeless population, so I have a good idea of the stench you’re talking about. Barf.
Post # 51
It’s difficult if you shouldn’t be using it for health reasons. I think not using it for health reasons trumps ‘if you need it you need it’.
Post # 52
if you can’t use it for health reasons you should probably make sure to actually shower on a daily basis.
Post # 53
So I worry about my sense of smell A LOT (thugh my fiance says I have the nose of a bloodhound, I smell much better than him). I just don’t smell body odor on people usually!
But on ONE person (a dear friend and romantic interest) it was so overpowering I couldn’t get over it. I talked to him about it and had him shower and he still smelled! STILL! the body odor was unbelievable.
Also a client showed up with terrible body odor too.
I’m the person who always brings a tiny thing of deodorant in her purse, a tiny toothpaste/travel toothbrush at my desk, a tiny bottle of listerine, and always pops mints before a meeting. I have PARANOIA about smelling anything less than fresh, especially since I sweat more than the average person. I can’t imagine how other people live without this concern.
Post # 54
@Barbiestylez: There’s a girl at my work who always smells like a dog. I know she has a dog, so my thought is that she let’s doggy sleep on her clothes. I have a dog, too, but I keep my clothes clean and I don’t (or so I hope) smell like him. Plus, he has baths so he doesn’t stink as much as some dogs do!
Post # 55
I agree with that, as long as bathing is ok to do with the condition. I was just surprised by your earlier comment.
Post # 56
@Barbiestylez: If you think a lot of people smell then the problem might be with you and not them. You might have hypersomia or dysosmia.
Post # 57
I agree men typicall smell worse. Id say rarely do I have a female customer that stinks, but then again most of the customers are men. Its really offensive TBH. You are going out on a Friday night smelling like you havent bathed in weeks. Gag.
Post # 58
Thats so sad. Parents need to show/teach their kids how to have proper hygeine. They only know what they are taught.
especially when they can walk into any place of business and wash their hands free of charge? Wth.
Yea I guess Im talking more about people who literally have a stench from a distance. I go to the gym and havent smelled anyone in the few weeks Ive been, even Fiance doesnt have a stench after the gym because its fresh sweat. After a hard long days work, Fiance does smell but he showers every night. (FI does pipelining outside hard labor) So Im really talking about the people who just dont wash. When your coat literally has stinky vapors coming off of it in 10 degree weather, we have a problem. LOL!!
Oh yikes! Yea where I work, you cant just waltz in for free, so Ive seen a few homeless men that came into the lobby, but couldnt pay the cover charge so they left. Youd think people paying 12$ cover could afford to shower!!
Where the hell are parents these days?? So sad.
Post # 59
Yea Ive heard of people having body odor issues, I understand some sweat more than others. But, I am super sick right now with a sinus/ear infection & I cannot smell a thing. I literally sniffed my loofa with bodywash and couldnt smell it at all, but Fiance still told me yesterday I smellt good. Even if you cant smell, you can wash your pits/face/ass. I agree foul breath could be just eating and not brushing for the entire day, etc, etc…
Oh yes I am LOL. These are paying customers who stannnnk. Ugh. Its really hard to want to hold a conversation with them. Im always nice/friendly to them, but some want to have a lengthy convo and I literally cannot do it. I try to be nice but short so they move along because it makes my stomach turn.
Me too! I carry deoderant, gum, spray, & the essentials with me.
My mom was a supervisor for 30+ years & told me a story about how she was forced to pull aside one of her team members because she reeked of cat urine. My mom felt so bad and uncomfortable, but had numerous complaints from coworkers about the womens smell. Yikes!!
Or maybe some people just dont bathe. Um yeah.
Post # 60
I am hoping that there are no unfortunate souls out there who have conditions that prevent them not only from using deodorant but also from bathing. As a university student and cashier in the past I have found that most times it is just laziness. Everyone wants to jump on the “they have an illness” train for everything when 9/10 people are just being lazy. Unless these mysterious issues are prevalent in a major part of the population. I am allergic to almost every product available, yet I somehow manage to bathe with soap, wear deodorant and take care of myself without compromising myself.
Post # 61
I agree that most of the time it isn’t due to a physical health condition. It does happen though. Surgery, radiation, whatever. They migth be in the minority, but you brought the issue up.