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ahlisvell

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There's this thing called cologne
« on: September 04, 2019, 07:55:44 PM »
I work with a great team. the guys are super supportive of each other, so we are really efficient getting our deliverables done. It's a joy to work with them, and we're really close to each other. We are together 5 days a week and sometimes even go out on the weekends. We're really tight. But there is one coworker that I don't like so much - Liz. She's ok generally, gets the work done and very efficient. Very motherly, too. often brings lunch for all of us to share.

But man, does she stink in the mornings! You know how you prepare for work - shower. get dressed, make yourself presentable? Feels nice to be among people who are like you, right? But Liz is different. In the morning she comes inside the air-conditioned office reeking of I don't know what she and her kids had for breakfast. I understand that her place is really small (an apartment unit in a complex just across the street where the office is located) and has no exhaust window (I know, we've been to her place a couple of times) but man! Ca she not smell herself? She comes in in the morning hair all wet, huffing and puffing into the office with a lot of good-smelling people and goes around the room giving everyone a hug! WTF?! It takes so much of my energy to keep myself from gagging. Why can't she wear perfume - or cologne, at least? A little spritz here and there and then maybe wait outside for 5-10 mins before she comes in, so the smell dissipates from her? I've talked with the guys individually and they all have the same thing to say about her. No one dares to tell her not even the girls because they don't wanna hurt her or make her angry. My nose is assailed every day. Aaaaargh!

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Re: There's this thing called cologne
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2019, 04:50:00 PM »
Christmas is coming up... gift her with cologne, and then make sure to include a note to "spritz before entering office building."

Or get her tiny apartment a vent fan or two. Just be creative in explaining why you got her that gift.

Or maybe if she hasn't had a birthday yet and it comes before Christmas, gift were with these items for her birthday.

Or make some potpourri and then make sure you put one in her pocket just as she enters the office (like in the time of the bubonic plague when people have to put flowers in their pockets to keep out the stench, lol).

I don't know, sir. Maybe have someone who's not close to her tell her?

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Re: There's this thing called cologne
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2019, 05:11:28 PM »
Ewww. I would normally like frown on this, you know, ugly-smelling people. But I work in a restaurant and gah I smell like that every day. I make sure to shower though when I get home. The worst part is our main cook, who supervises everything. It's like he has a special concoction of onion and garlic and whatever. Like he bottled it and wears it every day. I get a whiff when I need something from the kitchen. I try to avoid going in there as much as I can because it's a really strong smell. Blecht!


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Re: There's this thing called cologne
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2019, 05:56:58 PM »
But man, does she stink in the mornings! You know how you prepare for work - shower. get dressed, make yourself presentable? Feels nice to be among people who are like you, right? But Liz is different. In the morning she comes inside the air-conditioned office reeking of I don't know what she and her kids had for breakfast. I understand that her place is really small (an apartment unit in a complex just across the street where the office is located) and has no exhaust window (I know, we've been to her place a couple of times) but man! Ca she not smell herself? She comes in in the morning hair all wet, huffing and puffing into the office with a lot of good-smelling people and goes around the room giving everyone a hug! WTF?! It takes so much of my energy to keep myself from gagging. Why can't she wear perfume - or cologne, at least? A little spritz here and there and then maybe wait outside for 5-10 mins before she comes in, so the smell dissipates from her? I've talked with the guys individually and they all have the same thing to say about her. No one dares to tell her not even the girls because they don't wanna hurt her or make her angry. My nose is assailed every day. Aaaaargh!

Man, I'd be bothered too if I were you. I hate it when someone in the office smells. We had a janitor like that in the office, but it was easy to tell him because he's a guy and he was cool about it especially when some of us pitched in to give him a perfume set - complete with au de toilette, a deo, a cologne, and an aftershave - on his  birthday. The day after we gave it, he came to work smelling good. And I guess he liked how it made him feel that he never smelled again. But I understand how you would hesitate doing that with your coworker because she's female - but then again, you do not really have a choice, do you?

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Re: There's this thing called cologne
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2019, 06:38:53 AM »
Ohh I would be horrified if I were this officemate! She would probably feel the same if she knew that people in the office were talking about her and how she smells. If it were me I would like to be told about this, and I sure as hell would do something about it. She probably will, too.

What I think you can do is talk to someone she is really close too, and have that person tell her. If she has a good sense of humor, then maybe someone can tell her in a joking manner. Or maybe someone needs to type her an anonymous letter. But please, let her know. It's her right to know that something is not okay with her. It's not a big issue, it's not something that affects office productivity, but it's something that speaks a lot about her, hygiene-wise.

She might feel embarrassed, but anyone in her place will feel the same. It will pass. But maybe never talk to her about it again, if she's sensitive? But let her know. It would be worse if she hears from other people in the office and not the people she works most closely with.