Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Do I have something in my teeth?


Would you want some one to tell you if you had something that didn't belong on your face? In your teeth? In your hair? I think I would. It might be a little embarrassing right at first, but then at least you know you aren't walking around all day looking stupid.


But what if you stink? Would you want someone to tell you that? And how do you tell someone that? Obviously it has to be something other than "Hey buddy, you smell." Especially if it is a friend or family member.


At my work I come across more smelly people in a day, than most people do in a month. Lucky me. Now, the problem I am having is, is it OK for me to tell them that their breath smells so bad it is making me gag? That their clothes smell so much like old cigarette smoke, the smell will linger long after they are gone? That showering once a week should be common practice for those over 10? Something tells me no. If I said, "excuse me, but can I have you not breathe in my face, your breath smells like something died last week has yet to be found." I would be reported to my manager for bad customer service. She would probably be on my side, but that would not matter in the long run.


Is there anything I can do to stop the stench?

8 comments:

Vee said...

Hey I work with stinky smelly people too!
I actually have sprays and burn alot of oils/wax in my office to fend of any stinkiness.
One thing that drives me nuts are dirty unkempt nails- especially if they are long and gross. BLECH! I will tell my clients that they need to cut their nails all the time. I also tell them that they need to work on better hygiene ALL THE TIME its as simply put as BRUSH YOUR TEETH! TAKE A SHOWER! RUN A COMB THROUGH THAT MOP OF HAIR!!, etc.
But I work at a place to help make kids better so I guess its ok for me to tell them they need to work on smelling better

Nik "the BoyWonder" said...

you should keep some air freshener by your station and any time someone comes it that smells spray it right by them. Maybe they will get the hint...

Audrey said...

Put out a bowl of complimentary mints. If someone with bad breath doesn't take one, ask them politely, "would you like a mint while I take care of this (deposit, etc.) for you?"

I don't have any suggestions for the smokers or non-showerers! Maybe put out a bowl of nicotine patches or travel sized soap?! :)

LISA said...

Okay I LOVE what your friend Audrey suggested! Cute! :)

Steve and Annie said...

My idea is similar to Nik's, but instead of spraying it near them I think you should blast them in the shirt with it. I'm quite fond of Bath and Body Works Pumpkin room spray... I think it would do nicely.

Vivian said...

oh my gosh! you guys are so funny. I'm totally going to stink up, then visit annie. I would love to have pumpkin sprayed on my shirt!

Kathy said...

Breathe through your mouth!

Mimi said...

I dare you to do what my friend did at her work just start spraying Febreze everywhere at at people lol or do what I did at harmons put lip smackers on your nosterals