What If You Stunk?!

August 16, 2013 On My Mind 8

It was the dead of summer. The heat is on the rise. I’m in a room with like 20 people in it. I walk around without a problem, until I get to this one area where I caught a major whiff of some SERIOUS body odor. Whoa! And this was coming from a girl. A girl who actually had people around her talking to her. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t the only one who noticed it as a few of my friends who walked by asked me about it, too. I just shook my head and moved on.

I’m not trying to dwell on that incidence, because I barely knew that girl. However, this little incident sparked a conversation where I raised the question:

“If you were stinkin’ it up, would you want your friend(s) to let you know?” or, reversely, “If your friend was stinkin’ it up, would you be an honest friend and point it out to them?”

This isn’t an issue of being mean or rude, I’m honestly curious. I’m thinking along the lines of “If your friend had food stuck in their teeth, would you tell them?”.

I believe in honesty and being upfront about things, so if my friend just happened to have a “bad day” I would point it out, not like a bitch or anything, but just let them know. In my case, I would definitely want my friend to let me know if I was “stinkin’ it up” so I could do something about it. Like with the “food in teeth” issue.

My husband said he wouldn’t say anything. Another friend said she would. Others said they wouldn’t.

It was pretty much across the board. We all agreed that if it was a stranger, we probably wouldn’t say anything, kind of like I did with the example above. So, I’m just curious…

What would you do?!

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8 Responses to “What If You Stunk?!”

    • Vivian

      Lol, yes! I would point it out and hope that my real friends would let me know, too. So glad you agree. Yeah, it’s weird that she didn’t notice that about herself?!

  1. Sam Stamp

    It definitely depends on who the friend is! I had a friend (female) who had some SERIOUS B.O. so much so that it seemed to be a cloud around her. I just didn’t have the heart to tell her! After she left our house my mom ran to the store to get some Febreze because everything she touched or sat on permeated the same odor. She’s a good friend I just don’t want to hurt her feelings. If it were my best friend or a guy friend I wouldn’t have a problem telling them they smell because I know they would tell me if I smelled! If it were a stranger smelled I wouldn’t be able to tell them so I’d probably just walk away or breathe through my mouth.

    • Vivian

      I can totally get where you’re coming from and I agree. Wow, that sucks that she stunk up your house like that, lol.

  2. Jennifer

    Yesterday one of my c0-workers wore perfume (I think – could have been new shampoo or deodorant). Whatever she had applied stunk to high heaven to the point that I couldn’t go anywhere near her. My throat was raw. She probably thinks I’m angry with her. She has a prickly personality and I’m sure not going to say anything. We don’t usually work in a confined space together so this wouldn’t usually be a problem.

    • Vivian

      Oh, I hate it when people put on too much perfume. Seriously?!!? I feel so bad for you lol.

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