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The Great Unwashed

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Granitetopping Sat 19-Jan-13 19:48:53

AIBU to want colleagues to shower daily, wear clean clothes and use deodorant?

Dromedary Sat 19-Jan-13 19:51:39

YABU - show some flexibility. How would you have coped not so very long ago, when many people only had a wash once a week?

GlitterySkulls Sat 19-Jan-13 19:53:19

yanbu- there's no need for it- i have hyperhydrosis and i manage to not reek.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 19-Jan-13 19:54:51

There is no excuse for being smelly. My particular pet hate. Nothing worse than smelly people.

WhatchuTalkinBoutPhyllis Sat 19-Jan-13 19:55:15

yanbu if it's an everyday thing.

treas Sat 19-Jan-13 20:00:41

scarlettsmummy2 - Personally I find thieves, rapist and murderers a lot worse!

redexpat Sat 19-Jan-13 20:32:18

You can wash without having a shower you know!

cookielove Sat 19-Jan-13 20:38:47

Really, this is ridiculous and rude and horrible urgh at people like you!!

filibear Sat 19-Jan-13 21:04:43

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Somebodysomewhere Sat 19-Jan-13 21:11:35

Its actually in our work place policy that people who have such poor hygiene it causes discomfort or embarrassment can be disciplined. Thank god.

Cailinsalach Sat 19-Jan-13 21:13:13

Some people just have a stronger body odour and need to wash more frequently than others, but I suspect we are the victims of soap and shampoo marketing.

Sirzy Sat 19-Jan-13 21:16:03

If you said that people should take effort to ensure they don't smell then that would be fair enough. However, that can be done without daily showers, or daily changes of clothes (other than underwear of course)

SparkleSoiree Sat 19-Jan-13 21:18:17

I don't know....sometimes I find people's perfume or aftershave stomach churning...

NotGoodNotBad Sat 19-Jan-13 21:24:05

How do you know how often they shower? Is this something you discuss, along with their laundry?

On the other hand, it's reasonable to want them not to smell. But how they achieve this is their business, not yours.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 19-Jan-13 21:25:26

YANBU - not at all.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 19-Jan-13 21:27:19


And I am astonished at how many people are saying that you are! It is bloody disgusting to sit next to someone who smells. BO isn't the worst, it is the unwashed or musty clothes smell that makes me want to vomit.

InNeedOfBrandy Sat 19-Jan-13 21:28:40

YANBU and yabu

Sometimes on the bus the stench of morning breath and bo is unfuckinbelievable and that's at the start of the day in winter!

But I do think some people have A stronger smell and that's just them.

No excuse for not brushing your teeth an washing not washing your face an flaps.

fluffypillow Sat 19-Jan-13 21:29:59

YANBU. That is all.

BabsAndTheRu Sat 19-Jan-13 21:32:30

YANBU, I work in hospital and it stands out a mile when someone smells. It's in our uniform policy as well as can be very off putting for patients if you smell and also very unprofessional. For some reason at work I'm the one who gets nominated to deal with any member of staff who has this problem, lucky me.

SquinkiesRule Sat 19-Jan-13 21:50:19

It was drilled into us in Nursing school. Theres nothing worse than a smelly nurse.
Funny how my gran never smelt, and yet she had no washing machine for clothes and hated having a bath, but top and tail daily works wonders along with a trip to the laundrette.
Makes me gag the combination of BO and old dirty clothes.

Somebodysomewhere Sat 19-Jan-13 21:56:56

Babs what do you say ? And does it work ?

Corygal Sat 19-Jan-13 21:57:43

Being smelly is rude.

Corygal Sat 19-Jan-13 21:58:45

Babs . wht do you SAY? I really want to know

BabsAndTheRu Sat 19-Jan-13 22:14:03

I tend to find just being honest works best, but not in a you stink mate kind of way. I speak to them in private and try and be as sensitive as I can but basically you are telling them they have a body odour problem, find I always seem to start talking about having to get up earlier to get ready for work. Also tell them that I have a stock of deodorants, sprays and wipes in my desk that they can access at any time, using the excuse about the hospital being warm and that we can all get a bit hot and sweaty. Did always have a spray with me but stocked up since getting this extra wee job. It does help that their is a policy on it but never mention that when speaking to anyone as that would make them think they were in trouble and want to keep discussion as informal as possible. It's a really sensitive topic and basically try to do it without upsetting the other person. Not easy.

BabsAndTheRu Sat 19-Jan-13 22:18:21

Sorry meant to say it does work, does often tend to be the folk that think they'll be okay just getting up and putting clothes on and come straight out to work. No shower, no wash at sink. You can't get away with that in such a clinical setting.

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