June 11, 2004

Maybe Some Common B.O. Courtesy?

POST #    1097

So I'm riding the G Train and I sit down on the end of a row. This woman is standing next to the doors arm raised, holding onto the bar. I'm there for two seconds before I pick up her stank. I think to myself, I can deal with it for a stop, but then my senses finally recover from the stench and I moved one seat over. Thankfully, she left after one stop so I didn't have to smell her sour body odor anymore.

I can understand that maybe she works in a very warm environment, but could she at least make an attempt to wear some deodorant? I mean, if you know you're going to stink, make an effort. For the public's sake. Maybe do the French thing and pour some perfume on. Anything!

I know that living in New York during the summer and taking the subway, this is going to be a common occurrence. I'm willing to accept that. But can people everywhere please make an effort? It's for the good of mankind. Thanks.

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 8:24 AM



Oh, Tien. So innocent. If rank people *knew* they were rank, they probably wouldn't be rank.

I work with a woman who shows up to work and is fully ripe by 9:00am. She sits about 10 feet away from me. So bad. So very, very bad. She also sits right by the door to the office, so even if you've gotten accustomed to her stench, if you leave the room and come back, it's like being hit by a wall of stank. HORRIBLE.

Not doing this woman any further favours is the fact that she's as stanky inside as she is out.

Posted by: rappy at June 11, 2004 8:32 AM

so people that stink don't actually know they stink? don't they have friends or anything?

your work situation can't be good. you can't even avoid her stank.

Posted by: tien at June 11, 2004 8:51 AM

Was she eating a salami, bologna, and cheese sandwich?

Posted by: joe s at June 11, 2004 8:58 AM

Haha! Tien and I share grumpy brainwaves sometimes...

Posted by: corie at June 11, 2004 9:17 AM

Telling a friend that they stink is a delicate and awkward thing. Of course, there's always this: http://www.theyshouldknow.com/bodyodor.html

Posted by: rappy at June 11, 2004 9:23 AM

joe, i was wondering what the hell you were talking about...then i read corie's site.

corie, same brainwaves, but your entry was much more thought out and articulate.

rappy, that looks like a great site. i think someone needs to make handouts so they can just give them to randoms on the train.

Posted by: tien at June 11, 2004 9:27 AM

bad bad topic.... coming from someone who is overly self conscious about her underarms.... was it me on the subway?

Posted by: shannan at June 11, 2004 9:46 AM

i think it was me. sorry tien.

Posted by: christina at June 11, 2004 9:57 AM

There are some cultures that shun the use of deodorants, body soaps, and any fragrant "masking" of the body. I don't understand it, but I know it to be true. I've met people from those cultures, they smell like my old, sweaty hockey equipment. Yuck!

Posted by: joe at June 11, 2004 10:43 AM

i don't think she was someone from one of those cultures. it was brutal.

Posted by: tien at June 11, 2004 11:18 AM

It could had been worse. I was once in the subway, where half the train was empty because of this homeless lady.

Posted by: jason at June 11, 2004 11:33 AM

I happen to work with several people who don't feel that showering and changing your clothes should be a daily task. I also work in an office with no windows. YAY!

Posted by: rappy at June 11, 2004 12:51 PM

oh god, i think i was on the same train as you, jason. i had an encounter like that. it was horrid.

Posted by: corie at June 11, 2004 2:17 PM

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