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Old 09-11-06, 06:23 PM   #1
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How do you tell somebody they smell?

This is a touchy subject.
Theres a kid on the bus, now a freshmen. He is overweight a good amount, not a hippo but...

Anyways,
He likes to wear his hooded sweatshirts everyday, switching between a few. Obviously this is a security blanket for his size. The kid does shower everyday, but the fact is that he does NOT do laundry. Sweat gets on the hoodie, dries, and we are left with odor. He does not take into account how not doing launcry tickles everybodies olfacere nerves. Today he sat beside me on the bus ride home, it was like perfume.
I think that he could have a more positive social life if he cut down the odor a bit, not to mention it is courteous to others around you. I want to let him know because I don't think anybody else will. Well I also want to do that WITHOUT being offensive. Any ideas of how I can do this?
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Old 09-11-06, 06:25 PM   #2
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I'm chicken like that. I have someone else tell them.
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Old 09-11-06, 06:28 PM   #3
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let me know when you figure it out, my co worker has the worst breathe, i mean the worst! I have to hold my breathe when he speaks to me till i turn blue hoping he is almost done but yet, im very uncomfortable telling him. i bring mints at work and say, 'would you like one?" and hope to god he does.
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let me know when you figure it out, my co worker has the worst breathe, i mean the worst! I have to hold my breathe when he speaks to me till i turn blue hoping he is almost done but yet, im very uncomfortable telling him. i bring mints at work and say, 'would you like one?" and hope to god he does.
I have a pretty basic rule, if someone offers me a mint I take it. For all I know there is a reason they are offering. Chances are they are just being polite but why risk it.
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The bad breath reminds of the "Turtle" episode... heh, heh...

I don't have any problems telling people about their smell, "Dude, when was the last time you washed that sweatshirt? I think it smells like <insert favorite subject here>!!!".

"I" instead of "you" statements...
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Old 09-11-06, 06:51 PM   #6
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Yeah, I hate that....the thing that annoys me the most is "rectum breath"....that smell that reminds you of a mix of stale coffee and unflushed public toilet.

Why is it that some people's breath reeks of this so badly that it's practically a cologone? I mean seriously, formaldehyde is a far more pleasant and socially acceptable fragrance compared to the crappacino breath from hell.
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He's a freshman. Just say, "Dude, you smell like ass. Do some laundry or we'll pants your fat ass in gym."
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let me know when you figure it out, my co worker has the worst breathe, i mean the worst!
CAN'T be worse than a physics lab partner I had in college. He was a little Japanese guy who barely spoke english, and by his breath, I think he ate fish for every meal since he was born and NEVER brushed his teeth. His breath just smelled like rotting fish flesh.

I put up with it the whole sememster, but decided I had to make a statement on the final lab day. I took in:
Dentyne gum
Velamints
Chewels gum
Certs
Tic-Tacs
Big Red gum
and.... trial size bottle of Scope mouthwash

I proceeded to offer each to him....

Would you like some Dentyne?
No thank you.
Would you like some Certs?
No thank you.
Would you like some tic-tacs?
No thank you.
Etc....... and finally
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME MOUTHWASH?
No thank you.


He never got the hint. Glad that semester was over.
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Oh....and for the actual stink thing.....some people have a natural bad body odor that they can't get rid of. Maybe it comes from lack of bathing in childhood, or maybe its genetic, I'm not sure. However, I have a cousin like that....it's horrible.
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Yeah, I hate that....the thing that annoys me the most is "rectum breath"....that smell that reminds you of a mix of stale coffee and unflushed public toilet.

Why is it that some people's breath reeks of this so badly that it's practically a cologone? I mean seriously, formaldehyde is a far more pleasant and socially acceptable fragrance compared to the crappacino breath from hell.
At my dentist, they pass out little sample bottles of ACT *with breath freshener*. THese are fairly small bottles, good for only a few uses. They probably pay very little for them. Check ebay for a wholsale pack and offer em away .
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Oh....and for the actual stink thing.....some people have a natural bad body odor that they can't get rid of. Maybe it comes from lack of bathing in childhood, or maybe its genetic, I'm not sure. However, I have a cousin like that....it's horrible.
He was asked when he last washed that damn hoodie, it's been over a month. Now I understand the sweat will be trapped and dry under the folds of the skin due to fat, but a MONTH?!!!!!!
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I'm fairly direct and honest with people. When you're just one on one with him, try telling him exactly what you told us. "Listen, I'm not trying to be mean, I want you to know that I think you're a decent guy, but your clothes have a smell to them that myself and some other people find it hard to deal with."

Maybe also add: "Is your washer broke?" or "Did your mom spend all the laundry money on crack cocaine and cigarettes this month? If so, here's five bucks...go wash those smelly ass clothes dude!"

Only kidding. :-)
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Actually, I think it might work to make the fetid sweater the center of a public and collective joke. Don't make fun of the guy, but rather his sweater. Take bets and have a pool of all the bus riders as to when the sweater gets washed or whether the EPA declares it toxic to human health and life and hermetically seals it and buries it in the Nevadan desert. Throw in the occasional good-natured "dude, that's so rank!" and a laugh. Hopefully he gets the message then....
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Oops -- I could have been that kid in 9th grade

Not laundry-related, but I refused to admit that I produced any body odour. It took my sister a lot of "you really should start wearing deodorant" comments to get me to realise how bad I could actually smell. That and I didn't feel the neeed to wash my hair more than occasionally. The oil in my hair made it easier to comb! It also had a unique fragrance about it.

Fortunately/unfortunately, no one in the computer lab seemed to care, and that's where I spent most of my time

Give the kid time, and a couple of non-mean-spirited comments -- or steal his sweatshirt, take it to a laundromat and clean it yourself!
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I'd tell him politely that he smells. You could be extra nice about it, tell him as a friend that nothing against him, but he needs to work on his hygene. If it would make it easier, you could even be creative and do something like say that other people told you they were offended by his body odor but they were afraid to tell him, and that you don't care personaly but other people do. Regardless of how you do it, if your polite and sociable about it, it shouldn't be a big deal.
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How about don't say anything, and stop riding the bus? Ride your bike...walk...get a ride with a friend. Just say no to the cheese wagon.
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Just grab a bottle of Febreez, spritz his hoodie, then give him the bottle, maybe with a little bow tied to it.
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He's a freshman, tie him to the bumper!

I guess ya gotta just tell him.
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When I get around stinky people, I just start breathing through my mouth.
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Walk onto the bus with a clothes pin on your nose.
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Nah, then they'll just send you to the short bus.
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Straight up tell him he smells. No beatin around the bush.
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Nah, then they'll just send you to the short bus.

I thought they already WERE on the short yellow bus!
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