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Unread 10-27-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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Default the smelly coworker

There is a gal who sits next to me who smells so bad every time she walks by I get a little nauseous. Here's a little history. The gal is probably in her mid to upper 50's. She smokes like a chimney and showers probably once a week. She used to wear this horrible perfume to try to cover up the smoke smell but HR asked her not to wear it anymore b/c people within the department were having trouble with allergies b/c it was so strong. Anyway what can a person do about a smelly rude coworker?
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Unread 10-27-2009, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I would go out and buy travel size containers of deodorant, soap, shampoo, mouthwash, toothpaste, and whatever else you think she needs. Then I would put it all in a small gift bag and leave it on her chair at work after or before business hours. Perhaps she will get the idea.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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Is her birthday coming up? If you can make it til Christmas, maybe a few coworkers can chip in and give her a nice Bath & Body Works set (they have sales ALL the time). If the gift idea won't work, maybe a female coworker or two could give her some small BBW items occasionally - "I got this for free but I don't want it."
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Unread 10-27-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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It sounds to me like half the problem isn't BO but the pervasive smell of cigarette smoke. With really heavy smokers the smell permeates into their pores, their clothing, everything. The only way to fix the problem is by having the person quit smoking and launder everything they own with an odor killing detergent, repaint all walls in their homes, have all upholstery and carpeting in their home and car deep cleaned, etc.

In all honesty the last thing to do is give this person anything like cologne--she obviously already knows she stinks because they used to pile the cologne on until HR told them to stop.

In my opinioin the best course of action is to discretely go to HR and ask for them to intervene.

She might not be able to fix the smoke smell (although with regular launderign of clothing it will help) but she certainly needs to be encouraged to bathe daily, including hair washing, and use deoderant.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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HR needs to deal with this issue. If enough people are willing to go to HR about this issue they will have to do something about it.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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HR needs to deal with this issue. If enough people are willing to go to HR about this issue they will have to do something about it.
I agree. Too many people need jobs these days and should not have to put up with someone who stinks.

As an aside, today my husband and I were in CVS and this woman STUNK like an ashtray. It was repulsive. How should could stand herself was a mystery.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 05:14 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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I've seen an entire floor wing of an IT Dept smell like b.o. garlic and curry... without getting into it, it was what it was.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Lower Michigan
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Used to work with a guy who had B.O. really bad at times, at least he must of showered more than your gal. Someone put some deodorant in his locker, and he got all P.O..He was from part of Europe where they don't use such a thing, they like their own unique manly aroma. Sounds like your gal, or situation is somewhat different, but maybe H.R. could do something.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I have a co-worker that stinks.
The thing I hate is that we work in such small quarters behind the desk area and sometimes I worry my other co-workers think it's me.

It has gotten so bad at times, the chairs (we have fabric on them) have started to smell. (Too bad they don't have a smiley that vomits...)

In any case, I am not the type to bring it up. She seems like a nice woman (I don't work with her a lot) but I wish she would smell herself one day and realize how bad it really is.

She's overweight and I think that plays a part. She may not be able to reach everywhere and....yeah...
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Unread 10-27-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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She's overweight and I think that plays a part. She may not be able to reach everywhere and....yeah...
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