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(Fox News)   We don't need no stinking perfume: New Hampshire considers ban on fragrance in the workplace to protect asthmatics and allergy sufferers   (foxnews.com) divider line 226
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2012-02-13 03:34:25 AM  
As someone who cannot walk into the hallmark store, or bath and body works, must avoid the perfume counter, and cannot linger in the health and beauty aisle in the grocery store for more than two minutes, I'm tending to agree.

Besides, if I can't smoke in the office, why should they be able to give me headaches so bad I hallucinate and throw up?
 
2012-02-13 03:38:01 AM  

Goimir: As someone who cannot walk into the hallmark store, or bath and body works, must avoid the perfume counter, and cannot linger in the health and beauty aisle in the grocery store for more than two minutes, I'm tending to agree.

Besides, if I can't smoke in the office, why should they be able to give me headaches so bad I hallucinate and throw up?


You're "allergic" to fragrances but smoking is ...

OK, in typing this, I just realized what you did, and I'm embarrassed that I didn't catch it the first time. After all the anti-perfume hysteria in this thread, your post was perfectly placed and very well played.

*golf clap*
 
2012-02-13 03:42:40 AM  
As far as the people talking about bugspray smell, maybe it's not the perfume itself but that the stuff is not compatible with the persons body chemistry. There are some perfumes that smell fine out of the bottle, but on certain people, when they start to perspire, the smell will turn simply acrid.
People need to learn to realize that can happen and learn to test perfumes on themselves at home (spritz a little on, do some jumping jacks or something so you perspire some, and make sure it still smells ok...probably best to ask a friend actually) BEFORE they spray a new one all over their body and then go out. And if they're consistently wearing a perfume that does that when exposed to their skin I'd venture to say that perhaps they have no sense of smell, or a very poor one...or their friends aren't very honest...or maybe they have none, due to the smell?
When I buy new perfumes I always ask my husband what he thinks, and usually some friends or family. It's OTHER people that have to smell you that's the problem, not you. I try to get stuff that smells good on me to people in general, not just to me.

And expensive perfumes only need a DAB or small spritz, they're not a body spray. Learn the difference. If you're spraying it all over or pouring it on you're wasting your money and pissing everyone around you off. Perfumes don't smell better the more you spray on. It might be nice to smell a lily or something, but it's not nice when someone distills the scent into a strong concentrate and forces it up your nose. It doesn't smell 100x BETTER, it smells OVERPOWERING.
 
2012-02-13 03:45:37 AM  
hikethewhites.com
Live Free of Perfumes and Dyes
 
2012-02-13 03:49:28 AM  
Jeez, what a farking nanny state!

Do all you people biatching about how awkward having to tell your coworkers they need to cut back on the toilet water is, have any idea how farking awkward it would be to have to report it or be fined for it?

Anything that is a little uncomfortable to talk about should be handled by the government right? Fark you.
 
2012-02-13 05:32:29 AM  
I'm fine with a law like this, as long as the whiny biatches that want it passed knock off whatever THEIR annoying habit is. For example: I have a particular task at work that I pretty much HAVE to do in order to complete that particular product, and almost every single person has complained about it. The people that are complaining still sing horribly, or whistle loud enough to be heard over 100 feet away, or run the fork truck for half an hour without opening the door, so the whole damned warehouse smells like propane exhaust.
 
2012-02-13 06:11:03 AM  
to a rat]
James Bond: Well, one of us smells like a tart's handkerchief.
[sniffs]
James Bond: I'm afraid it's me. Sorry, old boy.
 
2012-02-13 06:30:02 AM  

Warlordtrooper: First they came for the peanut...


came for this, leaving satisfied
 
2012-02-13 06:37:35 AM  
OMG, I would love to see something like that here too. Ban smoking outside? Perfume has to go as well. And in restaurants too.

It makes me nauseous when you can smell someone coming before you see them. Lots of people here -women mostly- use an ungodly amount of perfume. Even BO is more pleasant than that overpowering smell.

/Why don't you just say "Hey, I cannot afford any water and soap, but water out of the toilet by the gallon.
 
2012-02-13 06:44:34 AM  
Why do women put on make-up and wear perfume?

Because they're ugly and they stink!

Old news. SRSLY. Scents have been banned in most Canuck workplaces for a decade, eh.
 
2012-02-13 06:56:02 AM  
Part of me says "YEAH" about this one. I have a couple coworkers who use perfume instead of soap. I don't mind light scents, but not when you bathe in it. (although, I have to admit I hate the really flowery sweet scents) We used to have a woman on the bus who used way too much too. She stopped wearing it after she kept sitting next to me and I kept moving. Finally she asked why. I told because her perfume was overpowering and unless she wanted me to puke on her, I was moving. She stopped wearing so much after that.

Then the other part of me says wait..............pretty soon nothing will be legal.
 
2012-02-13 07:11:06 AM  

why spoon when we can fork: Why do women put on make-up and wear perfume?

Because they're ugly and they stink!

Old news. SRSLY. Scents have been banned in most Canuck workplaces for a decade, eh.


Young ghetto boys are some of the worst offenders. Body spray should be banned.
 
2012-02-13 07:18:20 AM  
It looks like this rule only covers the workers, nothing about the customers smell / stink.
 
2012-02-13 07:34:19 AM  
The past few years my company has had me at a few offices with different policies on scents and reactions to that. At one office there was a woman that was allergic to everything. There was a total ban on scents and if they smelled it on you and there was a reaction they would send you home.
At another office they had a few women that would jsut overdo it daily so bad you could smell them down the hall. Nobody wanted the office next to either of them. One when she left they did an all out cleaning of her office. They even had me clean her phone handset, it was caked with makeup and perfume stank.
The office I am at now is real nice the women dont bathe in perfume. So the next place they stick me will suck.
 
2012-02-13 07:39:57 AM  

OlderGuy: As long as the perfume is subtle, I don't have a problem with it.. however, I have noticed several women wearing something very close to Raid bug spray.. makes my nose burn.. asked one woman what exterminating company she worked for.. she got very upset.. even moreso when several people near by agreed....


Don't forget to add something about getting checked for Alzheimers disease, because loss of sense of smell for some smells is an early sign.
 
2012-02-13 07:58:15 AM  
I don't have allergies or anything., but I have walked out of eating establishments because some knothead sashays in covered in some horrid stuff that I can only describe as a dirty hamster cage. They seem to be oblivious also because a few times I have commented loudly on the horrible smell. Normally I can deal with stank but not around food.
 
2012-02-13 08:12:45 AM  

what_now: Has anyone else had to have this conversation with an employee?

It is honestly worse than having the "your clothes are not professional" conversation.


I have had just about every conversation with an employee. The worst was the older somewhat heavy woman I had to tell to wear a bra because people could see her boobs.
 
2012-02-13 08:13:56 AM  

serial_crusher: Will strippers and "escorts" be exempt from this rule? Because really, that's a job where you have to smell nice.


That's anti-bacterial body lotion you're smelling.
 
2012-02-13 08:16:27 AM  

MadAzza: I don't wear cologne or perfume at work (or elsewhere, usually), but the guy who sits next to me, reeking of stale cigarette smoke, can DIAF. Or I could live with it, because in the grand scheme of things, it's really not that big of a deal. However, I will rip the nastiest farts in his vicinity whenever I can.


I think it's awesome you can tune how nasty your farts are on the fly. CAn you teach me? Is there a book or something?
 
2012-02-13 08:22:25 AM  
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2012-02-13 08:22:42 AM  
There is one lady at work who is legendary. If I'm on the elevator and she gets on, I get off, immediately. Whatever cheap Woolworths crap she wears can peel paint and the linings of your lungs. Nice enough lady, just wears too much perfume. She's been told about it by management but they had little effect on her. She's like a drifting fog bank walking towards you.
 
2012-02-13 08:23:01 AM  

Bedstead Polisher: qlenfg: RatMaster999: Also, can we add in burning popcorn in the communal microwave?

You should work in electronic assembly with women from various Asian countries. The smells that come out of the lunch room range from heavenly to hellish. One day I swore someone picked up a dead fish from the beach, stuffed it with dog poo, laced it up in an old tennis shoe wrapped it in road kill and microwaved it for an hour.

That made me laugh really hard. I used to be able to smell what my downstairs neighbour was cooking at my old apartment. I have no idea what it was but after a while I was convinced it was dog poo. Your comment reminded me of that.


3 worst I have dealt with:

1) Workmen using the company microwave to warm up menudo.

2) Old woman who never got that you have to stay by the microwave when popping popcorn and can't go back to your desk and wait for the timer to go off.

3) Not the smell, but the coworker who ate radishes every day and sat in his office belching every afternoon.
 
2012-02-13 08:25:17 AM  

Trackball: The real issue here should be why in 2012 are so many people still required to travel to an office just to sit down and work on a computer.


Because, contrary to what they claim an awful lot of people who "telecommute" spend over half their day on personal shiat.
 
2012-02-13 08:32:18 AM  
Can't we do anything without a law? What happened to just using a little peer pressure? If it's bothering everybody, tell them they stink.
 
2012-02-13 08:50:10 AM  
I don't wear perfume at work, but I do have scented deodorant and scented hand lotion. If the smell of perfume can cause health problems, what about the smell of smoke from heavy smokers, or the smell of strong/spicy food. What about the smell some people just have, due to medical problems or certain foods that they eat?

I do know that local hospitals already forbid smokers from smelling like smoke at work, not sure how effective or how highly enforced that is...

There are a couple of people at my office who I would appreciate the smell of perfume on. One has the worst BO ever, but I am just polite, assume he has some kind of medical problem, and hold my breath in his office. The other just has a DISTINCT OLD MAN SMELL. I hate it.
 
2012-02-13 08:51:01 AM  

gibbon1: Where's the hero tag?


Indeed.
 
2012-02-13 08:54:30 AM  

spidermilk: I don't wear perfume at work, but I do have scented deodorant and scented hand lotion. If the smell of perfume can cause health problems, what about the smell of smoke from heavy smokers, or the smell of strong/spicy food. What about the smell some people just have, due to medical problems or certain foods that they eat?


It seems that your routine involves putting on smelly lotions, stinky deodorants and sometimes straight up perfume. Why not just take a daily (or even more frequent) shower instead?
 
2012-02-13 09:18:18 AM  
Will this go for over use of aftershave, too? Old spice makes me hurl. Hell, why stop there? The smell of Tide makes my nose run and my throat scratchy. Can we ban that, too?

/cool with work sanctioned bans
/not cool with state govt bans.
 
2012-02-13 09:23:53 AM  
I like going to a restaurant and having my glass of water smell like whatever cologne the waitstaff spilled all over them selves. Yum, smells like cancer.
 
2012-02-13 09:30:53 AM  

GGracie: Please make this a federal law and make sure it explicitly outlaws the overuse of Axe spray.


Leave AXE spray alone! It is a carcinogen placed on the market to kill off 'those types of people'.
That's what I've always looked at it as anyhow. Just put up with it for a couple more years, they will be gone soon.

Put a dash under each arm, than waste 10 times as much as you used on your armpits by just spraying the can across your torso. The long spray torso spray REALLY helps absorption, so spray twice.
 
2012-02-13 09:36:15 AM  
MadAzza:

Actually, I've smoked for almost 15 years. Certain perfumes do bother me. It's probably one in three that do, and whatever it is is more prevalent in the lower end market than the higher end.

I like how because I'm not "allergic to everything" I'm a troll. Just like I was a whiner when I could drink milk but not eat onions, because lactose intolerance is common.
 
2012-02-13 09:38:55 AM  
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2012-02-13 09:47:27 AM  

Leeds: gibbon1: Where's the hero tag?

Indeed.


Women seem to think men like perfume.

Very few men do, most dislike it.
 
2012-02-13 09:48:21 AM  

RatMaster999: [hikethewhites.com image 576x523]
Live Free of Perfumes and Dyes


Sorry Ratmaster, the Old Man is gone.
 
2012-02-13 09:51:23 AM  

SharkTrager: Trackball: The real issue here should be why in 2012 are so many people still required to travel to an office just to sit down and work on a computer.

Because, contrary to what they claim an awful lot of people who "telecommute" spend over half their day on personal shiat.


I get twice as much done in half the time because I don't have to deal with retards in the office. Christ, those people have meetings upon meetings. Meetings about how pre-meetings for the actual meeting which hasn't occured yet went.
 
2012-02-13 09:52:03 AM  

supichoo: Can we get a law passed to force people to take showers? I work with a bunch of non bathing Indians that are always hummin.

There isn't a perfume worse than hardcore BO.


I disagree. Perfume in big doses is worse.
 
2012-02-13 10:01:08 AM  

what_now: Has anyone else had to have this conversation with an employee?

It is honestly worse than having the "your clothes are not professional" conversation.


I avoided it by putting a message to everyone on the board. Woulda been the next step, tho
 
2012-02-13 10:01:38 AM  
May universities follow in their footsteps. I've had allergy attacks during exams because heavy smokers and perfume wearers will stray away from their normal seating locations and sit next to me, resulting in

FARK YOU I CAN'T BREATHE
 
2012-02-13 10:19:07 AM  
the issue in my office is most common among those who are recent immigrants. In India, a daily shower isn't as common as it is in the US. So, perfumes, incense, etc get used in abundance. second to these are the women who go through half a bottle daily of whatever bath and body works lotion they recently bought a pallet of. YOUR HANDS AREN'T THAT DRY!.
 
2012-02-13 10:19:21 AM  
Nothing is worse than the Indian folks who think it is ok to smell like various curries and disgusting food smells.

No I take that back, some of the diabetics whose fungus ball feet let you know their diabetes is bad before you check their sugars...that's just nasty....
 
2012-02-13 10:32:48 AM  

shivashakti: I'm OK with this....
Though I imagine there will still be a lot of old ladies pissed off about this insisting that they don't use too much perfume. They do. But their sense of smell is shot, so they don't realize it. Everyone else does, though.


Apparently the Country Buffet was closed one day so all the ladies decided to go to lunch at the same place that my co-workers and I often go. It was worse than having smokers pollute your air. They have no idea how much stuff they are wearing, or maybe smelling like that was popular back in the day.
 
2012-02-13 10:40:49 AM  

why spoon when we can fork: Why do women put on make-up and wear perfume?

Because they're ugly and they stink!

Old news. SRSLY. Scents have been banned in most Canuck workplaces for a decade, eh.


Yea, but you Canadians don't have to deal with the "don't tread on me/keep gov't out of my medicare" wackos that we have down here in the States.
 
2012-02-13 10:48:11 AM  
This old gal in our office stinks so bad every single day. You can't walk within 20 feet of her office without smelling it. You can't get within 10 feet of her office without chocking. You can't step into her office without wanting to die.
 
2012-02-13 10:49:11 AM  
Or choking
 
2012-02-13 10:54:19 AM  
I shower daily and figure that my body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair products, deodorant, and body lotion all have a scent. I don't need to add perfume.
 
2012-02-13 10:57:44 AM  
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2012-02-13 10:58:19 AM  
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2012-02-13 11:01:15 AM  
 
2012-02-13 11:02:10 AM  

newton: I like going to a restaurant and having my glass of water smell like whatever cologne the waitstaff spilled all over them selves. Yum, smells like cancer.


I've seldom if ever had a problem with a waiter or waitress OD'ed on perfume. I suspect managers know about ppl wanting to eat without odors.
 
2012-02-13 11:06:36 AM  

supichoo: Can we get a law passed to force people to take showers? I work with a bunch of non bathing Indians that are always hummin.

There isn't a perfume worse than hardcore BO.


I work with some Indians who do bathe, but the deodorant etc., is some sort of traditional herbal stuff, and it STINKS. I don't know, but I might prefer the B.O. to the cumin-turmeric-what-the-fack-is-that toiletries.
 
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