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Why are some people so revoltingly smelly ??!!

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Catsmother Fri 15-Jul-05 12:43:31

I went down to our local shops today 1st thing, before it got too hot .... yet the "variety" of disgusting, revolting, gag-making smells emanating from other people's unwashed bodies was astonishing. In a short half hour stroll, I came across 6-7 incidences. These ranged from having to queue up at close quarters behind someone sour & stinky - to getting a noseful (more than once) of something very unpleasant just by simply walking past someone on the pavement.

Do people really have so little self-awareness and/or so little disregard for personal hygiene. I really do find this so offensive ..... and while you should be aware of this at any time of the day, I would have a little more understanding at the end of a working day, but this was 1st thing !

Thank God I don't have to use public transport of any sort. To my mind it's simple ..... it's been very hot, therefore you might have to shower more often, you sweat more, therefore you may have to change your clothes more frequently. Why are some people incapable of following this simple approach ? I would be mortified if other people smelt me !

Grrrrr ..... rant over.

hunkermunker Fri 15-Jul-05 12:54:49

Got to travel home on the tube tonight at rush hour... NOT looking forward to it for reasons of stinky fellow commuters...

Nemo1977 Fri 15-Jul-05 12:56:08

CM i know what u mean i think that a lot when out then end up checking it isnt me [which it isnt] but i dont know how soooo many people can seem to care soo little

moozoboozo Fri 15-Jul-05 12:56:54

Blimey, CM, you must have seen me this morning then. I'm a little "fragrant" myself today....

moozoboozo Fri 15-Jul-05 13:01:10

Christ, I must smell so bad, people have stopped posting on here

Aimsmum Fri 15-Jul-05 13:02:02

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nutcracker Fri 15-Jul-05 13:29:26

There is a woman that lives not far from here who absolutly stinks. She is a very large lady and always has the same clothes on.

She is also very horrible and shouts at people for no good reason.
If ever she is in the bus queue with me now, I will wait for the next one as I just cannot stand being anywhere near her.

DaddyCool Fri 15-Jul-05 13:33:06

some peole have a medical problem. i knew a guy who would walk into the office for 2 or 3 minutes in the morning and his stench would linger for about an hour or two. he wasn't dirty or weird, just had a medical problem.

one of our cleaners at work is like this as well. he's the worst i've ever smelt. i was literally choking whilst walking behind him one evening.

Catsmother Fri 15-Jul-05 13:34:36

I can sort of sympathise with the "care in the community" types Nutcracker, even if i wouldn't want to stand next to them ! But it's the outwardly "normal" who don't look after themselves who make my stomach turn. It doesn't take long to wash the "pits and bits", even if you think you have no time for a bath !

Catsmother Fri 15-Jul-05 13:40:21

DaddyCool, I also used to work with a guy who had a similar condition. He was a lovely polite guy but very hard to work closely with for obvious reasons. I did feel really sorry for him because as each new member of staff joined, they too would notice this and invariably complain to the Line Manager, who of course could do very little. Office legend had it that the poor man in question had been referred to specialists etc. years before.

However, I don't believe that everyone you come across genuinely can't help it. The reek of stale clothing, last night's beer, curry or kebab, or smelly feet is just gross. I know I'm ranting on a bit but to me it goes beyond "personal preference" and falls in the category of good manners and consideration for other people. It's one thing to slob about at home if you can't be bothered but to inflict your unsavoury aroma on others is incredibly rude I think.

QueenOfQuotes Fri 15-Jul-05 13:42:59

Depression, 'hidden' disabilities for which they're not receiving the proper help (which can cover a vast amount of conditions and illnesses), alcoholism, drug addicts etc etc - lots of reasons why people may not care/realise that they smell.

alux Fri 15-Jul-05 13:44:14

dh is a civil engineer. some of the men live in caravans as they are working far from home. he says that on mondays most are fine. by wednesday some have a strong whiff and by friday it can be gagging. and that is just in the cool weather.

he is almost paranoid about his own body odours.

Listmaker Fri 15-Jul-05 13:45:41

My colleague used to have a bad problem. It would also be early in the morning and she never seemed to be wearing the same clothes. We could never work out how she could be so bad every day. Eventually one of the managers had a word with her and things got better so no idea what she was doing wrong and how she couldn't smell herself ffs! If I get even remotely wiffy I can smell myself!!

She started getting worse again a few months ago but has now sorted it again even in this weather.

It is revolting though and do feel for people who have a genuine problem - everyone else should wash more and change their clothes every day!!!

MamaMaiasaura Fri 15-Jul-05 13:47:46

QQ - you are right there. One of the negative symptons is that people dont bother to do the basic actibvity of daily living like washing. No motivation.

On the other hand my dp is just a stinker when he gets home cos he is a man and he is in a hot office all day

QueenOfQuotes Fri 15-Jul-05 13:48:46

I used to have quite a problem in my early teens - and as odd as this sounds it was only when one of the teachers took me aside and talked to me that I realised I was so smelly. I used to wear deodorant - and that used to 'cover up' the pits smell and I honestly didn't realise until she talked to me that I was so bad.

MamaMaiasaura Fri 15-Jul-05 13:48:48

oh and women going throug the change can suddenly sweat loads and can be drenched. Not looking forward to that.

MamaMaiasaura Fri 15-Jul-05 13:49:50

QQ if i smelt bad i would want to know. That is what i say to dp when i direct him to shower or toothpaste Do all men have stinky breath?

Lonelymum Fri 15-Jul-05 13:50:47

I have a confession to make here. I bathe my children every day and ds3 hasn't worn socks in weeks, just open toed sandals (if that) yet his feet absolutely pong. The other day, I was watching dd's ballet lesson, and I just knew ds3 had taken his sandals off even though I wasn't looking at him, because I was suddenly assailed by his pongy feet smell. I felt sorry for the mum on the other side of him who was actually closer to him than I was and who I saw looking down at him suddenly when the smell started.

Do you think there is anything else I can do? I can assure you his feet are washed every day with lots of soap. Do you think his sandals might be to blame? They are made of that rubbery, plastic material common in beach shoes. (Doodles)

QueenOfQuotes Fri 15-Jul-05 13:51:01

oh yes my poor mum a few years back - Despite the fact that she washed several times a day, wore perfume, put clean clothes on each day she sweated soo much that she did often smell a bit.

MamaMaiasaura Fri 15-Jul-05 13:53:00

Lonley mum - yup it is th sandle - give them a good wash and get some scholl foot powder/deodriser. Mine are the same

SenoraPostrophe Fri 15-Jul-05 13:54:27

take up smoking and you won't notice it so much.

Lonelymum Fri 15-Jul-05 13:55:03

Do you have Doodles? Ds3's are those lovely blue ones - I have seen quite a few boys wearing them. Can they go in the washing machine or should I just hand wash them?

MamaMaiasaura Fri 15-Jul-05 13:55:24

eww - given up for nearly a year and yes sense of smell increased and bugger me dont stale cigarettes smell revolting

MamaMaiasaura Fri 15-Jul-05 13:56:10

Not doodles - nike one - i stuck them in the wash. Mine are grown up ones and it is my feet that smell

Lonelymum Fri 15-Jul-05 13:56:38

Oh right!

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