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Another air freshener fracas

September 29th, 2011 · 121 comments

“My supervisor posted this notice in the ladies’ restroom in the lobby of our office,” says our submitter in Louisiana, “but it was directed solely at me.” (One of the more vocal anti-air freshener employees on staff, our submitter’s desk happens to be located immediately outside the restroom.)

Despite the fact that, as our submitter put it, “that Summer Breeze crap smells like a giant migraine,” her boss declared that “Lemon Peel is a ‘masculine scent’ more suited for the men’s room.” Adds our submitter: “I still haven’t figured out the identities of all these people who are lamenting the absence of the Summer Breeze.”

To whomever is removing the Staples Summer Breeze Dry Air Freshener and replacing it with the Staples Lemon Peel Dry Air Freshener: Please stop doing this immediately; it seems as though [?] prefers the Summer Breeze. Several have complained about it disappearing. Thank you in advance.

related: Please spray your corpses BEFORE placing them in the restroom

extra credit: “How ‘fresh’ is air freshener?” []

FILED UNDER: a matter of taste · bathroom · Louisiana · message to all intended for one · odor · office · smiley

121 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Nick

    The supervisor accidentally a word in there.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm   rating: 81  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Anna

      He accidentally the whole thing.

      Sep 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #2   Luke

    This just reinforces the idea that 90% of managers have no idea how to manage.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm   rating: 61  small thumbs up

  • #3   rebekah

    Carcinogens that smell like Douches ? Or Carcinogens that smell like Citrus. The choice is just So Hard.

    HIDE the damn things, As Many Times as It Takes, till the Mgr gives up and stops putting them in there.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm   rating: 70  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   looney

      error: already voted

      Sep 30, 2011 at 12:45 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #4   Katie

    My favorite part of this note is the use of the registered trademark symbol on STAPLES!

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm   rating: 68  small thumbs up

  • #5   Dannemund

    Why not try those in-bowl fresheners? It works great for me and the husband, and he’s the foulest bathroom user in the history of foulness and bathrooms, respectively.

    They don’t really smell like anything, either (unless it’s lemon-scented, those are gross).

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   RP

      That’s actually a good idea. Even the lemon scented ones probably don’t smell so badly that you’d smell it outside the bathroom.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   DancesWithCuttlefish

      I read that as “in-bowel fresheners” and all I could think was, “Well, that would be a great time-saver!”

      Sep 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm   rating: 48  small thumbs up

  • #6   tch tch

    Install an industrial strength exhaust fan that’s set to a timer and automatically comes on if the “depositor” has been in restive contemplation for more than 2 minutes.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #7   Amanda

    Isn’t “Summer’s Breeze” a brand of douche?

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Rattus

      I’m not sure about that, but it is a song by Seals and Crofts, the preferred white seduction music of douches everywhere. The preferred black seduction music of douches is Barry White.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 10:48 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Eda

      No, it isn’t.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Danny

      Summer’s Eve.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 11:23 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #8   pony girl

    In this day and age, she should be able to get a doctor’s note that would get the air-fresheners banned and a desk elsewhere.

    She could throw in a fake peanut allergy just to fuck with everyone, as well.

    Sweet, sweet (non-carcinogenic summer breeze/lemon) revenge.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   NutellaIshMehName

      The woman at my mums work says that she is allergic to my mums perfumes yet she is the main air freshner-user in the toilets.

      Now my mum sprays extra perfume around the desk were the woman sits and the woman hasn’t noticed a thing. So much for an allergy.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Katter

      So what would she have done if the woman really had been allergic and the extra perfume had set off an attack? It’s possible to be allergic to some artificial scents and not others.

      Oct 9, 2011 at 9:24 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #9   garicgymro

    I think the use of “whomever” instead of “whoever” and the trademark symbol after Staples both say something similar about the person who wrote this.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Rattus

      I am a big fan of the word “whomever” and resent your implication™.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 10:55 am   rating: 40  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   ???

      “Whomever” is a fine word, provided it’s used as the object of its clause. In this case, however, it’s the subject of the clause and thus is not such a good word at all.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Nunavut Guy

      Santa Clause?

      Oct 2, 2011 at 10:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #10   Hane

    Because everyone knows that men naturally smell just like lemons.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   The Elf

      And women’s shit smells like a Summer Breeze.

      Honestly? Citris is clearly a unisex scent. So are woodsy, spicy, or herbal scents. The only truly “masculine” scents out there are some musks and the ones that smell like leather. Floral and sweet scents are feminine.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 6:59 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      Actually, I’d say that the truly masculine scents are the ones being produced in the bathroom naturally.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 4:11 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   notolaf

      “Floral and sweet scents are feminine.”

      Tell that to the makers of Axe. Bleagh!

      Oct 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   Dan

      @The Elf – but I like musk scents and hate smelling like a flower garden… I fail at being a woman :(

      Oct 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #10.5   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      I would, Notolaf, but my father-in-law who invented AXE died last year.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 3:43 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.6   The Elf

      I never would have guessed “Dan” was a woman!

      Some musks are feminine or unisex. Depends on the musk and how it is mixed with other scents. I’m totally with you on florals (female too, btw). The rare times I wear a scent, I always use a woodsy or spicy essential oil.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 9:24 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.7   Eda

      Actually, a big “fuck you” to everyone who thinks they get to determine what scents are masculine or feminine.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #10.8   The Elf

      Just basing my opinion on what is typically marketed to men and to women. Feel free to buck the trend. It’s just a scent.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 9:20 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #11   Carrie

    I think that Summers Eve is the douche. But hey, close enough!

    Sep 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   AuntyBron

      The way to tell the difference:

      Summer Breeze makes the air smell like a migraine.

      Summer’s Eve makes your hoo-hah smell like a migraine.

      Sep 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   GhostWriter bang

      Bet you’ll change your mind once you squeeze my lemon ’till the juice runs down my leg.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #12   Blake

    ‘It seems as though prefers…’
    WHO? WHO? For the love of all that is good, tell me WHO prefers…?
    Or to summarize: MAKE COMPLETE SENTENCES.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #13   litchic

    She’s right — it does smell like a migraine. People don’t realize how easily some things trigger migraines (and the asthmatic coughing I would be doing that would ruin everyone’s peaceful environment).

    Sometimes I would like to have the power to transfer my migraine to someone who’s never had one — just for like 3 minutes or so. Enough time for them to start begging for their mommy and bargaining with God to make it stop. That would be cool.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm   rating: 45  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   SilentPsycho

      Amen Sister/Brother! I still remember bursting into tears after my form tutor told me off for having to be sent home after a particularly bad migraine while I was at school.

      Oh well, at least the world also includes people like my ex-coworkers who told me that if I ever got a migraine at work to feel free to go have a sleep in the Roman Coffin. :D

      Sep 30, 2011 at 9:05 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   The Elf

      Roman coffin? Please tell me you worked in a museum.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 9:47 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #13.3   RP

      Yes, but it has to start off with an aura first. Make them watch the world go all Piccaso on their asses or better yet lose half of their sight completely. Then the 3 minutes of head pain and they can spend the rest of the day feeling tired and confused.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #13.4   SilentPsycho

      Elf, yep, I worked in a museum. Why, what sort of job would worry you if there was a Roman Coffin? :D

      Sep 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #13.5   Trish

      Then she should talk to her boss and tell them about the problem instead of just removing it. That’s just as PA as putting up notes.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #13.6   The Elf

      Pretty much any other kind of job, Silent Psycho.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 9:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #14   Old Uncle Toe bang

    My mind wanders to the people who prefer the summer breeze flavor. Do they stay in there and bask in the aroma?

    In my world, if the room needs a spritz, I’m out of there too fast to form an opinion of the air freshener.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Celeste

      The toilets prefer the summer breeze flavor.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 8:27 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      Whereas in my world I empty my bowels and/or bladder into the toilet and then simply go about my business without any further thought to the bathroom or its odours.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 4:14 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   Katter

      If the bathroom stinks, they should have it cleaned more often, not cover up the stink with air fresheners. Most of the time it just smells like crap + whatever scent they’re using, which is often worse than the scent of crap alone.

      Oct 9, 2011 at 9:29 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #15   looney

    I’m so sorry, and yet so grateful, I’m not the only one who has experienced odor-induced migraines.

    Nobody I come into contact with on a regular basis seems to understand my aversion to
    * air “freshener”,
    * an incense-choked room (especially “dragon’s blood” ick),
    * heavily perfumed elderly folks, AXE body spray, or
    * the laundry products aisle in any store.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 12:51 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Lenny!

      Finally someone shares my distaste for the disgusting smell of AXE body spray.

      I’m sorry but walking around smelling like you bathed in that shit does NOT attract us women folk, despite what the commercials tell you otherwise.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:26 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   The Elf

      Somebody likes Axe? That person should be shot.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 7:00 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   Sean Jungian

      I don’t even have much of a sense of smell, let alone any allergies to scents, and the smell of AXE and other body sprays/colognes like it just WALLOPS me. Like knock me flat on my butt.

      I have a 10 year old son who likes to play at being a grown-up man, and who used his allowance to purchase a small can of I think it was the “Old Spice” brand body spray. He and his friend went nuts with it one day, and I couldn’t approach his room for hours. Seriously, this stuff is like an industrial accident.

      Luckily (since I’m a female) he believed me when I told him girls don’t want to smell him from 50 yards away and he has since lost interest (for now).

      Sep 30, 2011 at 8:26 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   Andrea

      Sorry… I adore Axe. My husband uses it all the time. I love it.

      I apologize…

      Sep 30, 2011 at 8:34 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #15.5   NumismaticNerd

      I for one hate the smell of Axe Body Spray, but I LOVE the blue Axe bodywash. If they make a feminine-branded menthol-mint scent, then I’d get that, but until then I just get strange looks buying Axe for myself

      Sep 30, 2011 at 10:37 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #15.6   RP

      @looney I don’t understand why anyone would find any of those things pleasant, problems with smell or no.

      Gah, I’ve been in laundry aisles where the smell was so strong you could *taste* it.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #15.7   trojandoll

      @NumismaticNerd The checkout person will never know who you’re buying it for. I buy Axe shower gel and shampoo all the time for my husband and I’m sure I’m not the only wife or girlfriend that does so.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #15.8   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      My late father-in-law was the Unilever chemical engineer who invented AXE deoderant. True story. He made A LOT of money.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 4:16 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #15.9   Angie

      My husband uses the Axe body washes, and he smells SO GOOD when he comes out of the shower, but it fades quickly, which is key. No one should smell that strongly of ANYTHING all day long.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #15.10   park rose

      I used to work in retail and one section of the store sold scents – male colognes, female perfumes. I mostly preferred the male scents (leaning towards the citrus, but not always), and often wore them (from testers and so on). I remember going into a fast food joint with a male colleague. The cashier complimented him on his good smelling aftershave, or whatever it was.
      “But, I’m not wearing any. . .”
      I didn’t mind owning up. I smelt goood! I don’t know that I was her type though.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 7:39 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #16   Somebody Else

    A lady near the room of rest
    increasingly came to detest
    the spritz of the Summer
    (it gave her a bummer)
    so she purloined all cans with much zest.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 1:42 am   rating: 34  small thumbs up

  • #17   Somebody Else

    A boss man who dropped words with ease,
    thought noses far and wide he would please,
    when he posted a jibe
    on behalf of the tribe
    who yearned for their foul Summer’s Breeze.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 2:00 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   GhostWriter bang

      To whomever’s removing the fresh’ner,
      Let Summer Breeze stay put, Professor!
      If you want citrus heaven
      just come squeeze my lemon,
      ’till juices run into my Skechers.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #18   AZB

    As a dear friend once put it as he was spraying air freshener in the bathroom like crazy: “It did just smell like sh*t in here. Now it smells like someone took a sh*t in a rose garden!”

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:00 am   rating: 29  small thumbs up

  • #19   The Elf

    I don’t get the air freshner in a bathroom anyway. These bathrooms have exhaust fans, right? Run the fan. Don’t make the bathroom smell like flowers AND shit.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 7:02 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   emcd

      Part of the problem may indeed be a lack of a vent. Going to harken back to 9/13′s “Couplets for the Commode” (the workplace ode to The Courtesy Flush that rhymes “women” with “swim’in”) – in addition to the apparently rampant “remnant” issue in Nassau County gov’t bathrooms, many do not have a vent at all. The solution, of course, is to spray noxious fumes over the noxious fumes in tandem with posting really horrible caca themed rhymes.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 7:49 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   sleeps

      Elf, where do you work that they have an exhaust fan? My bathroom at home doesn’t even have an exhaust fan.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 11:04 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #19.3   The Elf

      It’s not a default for one-holers? Every place I’ve worked (and at home) that has had a one-pot bathroom has an exhaust fan.

      The one at work now is a big ol’ place. It doesn’t have a fan, but at the same time you’d have to try hard to stink it up. I was going off the assumption that places with air freshner in the bathroom would have smaller bathrooms and thus exhaust fans.

      Maybe I’ve just been lucky.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #19.4   RP

      Have you only worked in fairly new buildings? I figure it’s that or who you’ve worked for employers that have bothered to update the premises.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #19.5   The Elf

      I bet that’s it, RP. Either new buildings or governments (who, presumably, update the premises to code).

      Sep 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #19.6   AuntyBron

      It’s a fantasy bathroom – the unicorn ate rainbows and pooped flowers.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 12:01 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.7   RP

      @AuntyBron – Now I’ve got ‘Always’ by Erasure stuck in my head.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 8:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   havingfitz

    They keep putting a fake strawberry one up at my work. Most days it smells like Strawberry Shortcake is having some severe intestinal issues.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 7:36 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

  • #21   Canthz_B bang

    Seals and Crofts removed the air freshener. Copyright infringement.

    ♫ “Summer breeze
    makes me feel fine
    blowing through the jasmine in my mind.” ♫

    Sep 30, 2011 at 7:41 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #22   Joe

    A former boss used to put the Summer Breeze AND Strawberry AND Pine AND Coconut AND Bay Leaf scented candles in the rest room! The fumes coming out of there would have given SUPERMAN a headache!

    p.s. The paper towel dispenser caught fire one day.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 7:48 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   emcd

      If you are insinuating the combination of all the scent chemicals and and a flame actually ignited the paper towel dispenser, that is AWESOME.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 7:56 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   AuntyBron

      “Damn, Lois – I didn’t know they made a Kryptonite scented candle.”

      Oct 1, 2011 at 12:03 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #23   Marina

    I especially like how she was diligent about using the (R) after Staples. Very responsible. HA!

    Sep 30, 2011 at 8:05 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #24   littlething

    “I still haven’t figured out the identities of all these people who are lamenting the absence of the Summer Breeze.”

    Allow me to solve that mystery for you: It’s your boss. Just her.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:01 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #25   Terry

    Bitch, sounds like you’re lucky to even have a job. Just remember, that summer breeze shit is completely replaceable. So are you. Put the stupid air freshener back and be glad you all you have to do for your job is sit at a fucking desk.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:15 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Me

      Hey Terry,
      I don’t know if you’re a boy or a girl but you sound nice and I like you. I would truly like to get to know you better so you can say such sweet things to me. Any girl would be lucky to have a persn like you in their life. Please e-mail me at

      Sep 30, 2011 at 11:08 am   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #25.2   Matilda

      Lighten up asshole.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #25.3   RP

      @Me – Terry is clearly unemployed and thinks that having brain exploding migraine headaches is a small price to pay for employment. sarcasm: Because of course employers should be able to put employees through unnecessary pain every time unemployment goes up. /sarcasm

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #26   divaandwriter bang

    Who is “It Seems as Though” who prefers Summer Breeze air freshener? Is that some kind of 1960s hippie name?

    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   The Elf

      Yeah. Middle name My Fingers Are Moving On Their Own. Last name Johnson.

      That was one hell of an epidural momma got.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #27   Jami

    Why would you steal an air freshener? It doesn’t cause cancer and I’d rather have the migraine of summer breeze than the vomit inducing smell of feces.

    Though I do wish my coworkers would stop buying the “Fresh Linen” scent. I prefer the ones that neutralize odors rather than cover them up then leave a nice, light floral scent behind.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 10:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Rattus

      While they may not be a direct carcinogen, air fresheners are actually bad for your health – they contain many of the same particles you might find in a smog cloud, and no one with any sense dismisses smog as harmless.

      And if you have ever had a genuine migraine, you would understand that you would rather eat feces than voluntarily go through that again. Migraines are one of the most painful things a human who hasn’t been crushed or impaled in some way can go through.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 11:13 am   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #27.2   RP

      “I’d rather have the migraine”

      No you wouldn’t. You’re either lying or you have no idea what a migraine is like.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #27.3   Jill

      @Jami: The sign says she’s replacing it with a different scent, not removing all air fresheners.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #27.4   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      No one is stealing the air freshener; they’re swapping them for a different scent.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 4:20 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #27.5   quat

      Jami, you have never had a migraine. Migraines make you afraid that you WON’T die and just be put out of your misery. You should try one sometime.

      Oct 4, 2011 at 12:26 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #28   QBALL

    A truly masculine scent will always be an odoriferous interlude featuring a Beef and Bean Burrito delicately scented with Broccoli, with a slight aftertaste of Cheeto’s and beer, harmoniously intertwined with the scent of sour cream and onion dip and pork rinds

    Sep 30, 2011 at 11:19 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Old Uncle Toe bang

      Why am I suddenly hungry?

      Oct 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #28.2   The Elf

      Mmmm….. broccoli…..

      Oct 2, 2011 at 9:30 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #29   Matilda

    I have never in all my many years of working, lamented to my boss about the “air freshener” in the loo.

    But I did hide the “apples & cinammon” ones my former boss with a bowel problem stuck all over our tiny office in a vain attempt to cover up his horrible, horrible diarrhea.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #30   redheadwglasses

    We have a small bathroom near my work area, and my boss will stink it up in there and then make it worse by spraying horrendous amounts of air freshener. I finally put a sticky label on the spray can and wrote “please use sparingly.” She asked who put the label on there.

    “I did. If I can smell it from my desk, you’ve used too much.”

    She still uses it.

    Having work with MANY women over the years… no one stinks up a bathroom like 50+yo overweight women. Their diets suck.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #31   susieq

    as someone who gets migraines from strong floral/perfumey scents, i can completely understand where submitter is coming from. i would throw that crap away every time it shows up in the bathroom. she can actually go to HR about the smell and force the manager to never put those kinds of scents in there ever again.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #32   RP

    Some odor neutralizers work pretty well. They can also get those things that auto-spray an air freshener so that there’s only a small spray every 36 minutes instead of 1/4 of a can every time someone uses the bathroom.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #33   Amy in Toronto

    @ redheadwglasses

    Way to generalize and stigmatize. You can’t possibly know a person’s state of health just by looking at them, gauging their weight, or by the stink that comes from the bathroom.

    My 5 month old nephew has a diet of strictly breast-milk and his poop stinks like a grown man. Most meat-eating people generally have poop that stinks more than our vegetarian or vegan friends. I don’t know which category you fall into, but I’m pretty sure that whatever comes out of your ass doesn’t smell like strawberries and cake.

    Don’t try to mask your hateful ageism and sizeism by claiming a health-based argument.

    Personally speaking, chemical-based air fresheners scare me because of their potential to do neurological damage. If I know I’m gonna be taking a dump in a public restroom, particularly at the office, then I’m all for “pity flushing” to help remove the offending stink before it has time to settle in the bowl.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      Of course your nephew’s shit stinks! He’s on a diet of strictly breast-milk!

      Also; it’s a myth that vegan/vegetarian feces smells less strongly. A myth that vegans/vegetarians are keen to believe and propogate.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 4:23 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #33.2   Nahhh bang

      One of the worst nights of my life was spent at a campsite in Muir Woods with a bunch of vegetarians who had eaten nothing but corn for three days.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #33.3   redheadwglasses

      You sound awfully defensive. Over 50 much?

      FWIW, I’m 43.5. And the 50+yo women I’ve worked with who’ve been overweight DID have awful diets and stank up the bathroom, daily.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #33.4   redheadwglasses

      Ooh, and I missed your “sizeism” accusation. Spoken like someone who’s 50% overweight.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #33.5   bookworm

      Since I’ve started eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and can tell you this from personal experience, vegetarians certainly DO have stinkier farts than people who eat a lot of meat. Louder, too.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #33.6   emcd

      Can someone explain to me how flushing multiple times removes airborne fumes? Am I supposed to believe the majority of toilets will swirl water around at such a rate of speed as to create a vortex capable of sucking odors into the netherworld?
      I find the multi-flush position liquid-ist. Harumph.

      Oct 5, 2011 at 7:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #34   skinnyyoungthang

    geez, you must be, like, 80 years old and 400 pounds if your stink is so bad it can infiltrate the porcelain !

    p.s. i’m kidding.. please don’t hurt me!

    Sep 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #35   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    Team Nobody. Although if forced to pick a side I’d go with Team Air Freshener Replacer because he/she put a smiley face on their reply.

    Oct 1, 2011 at 4:06 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #36   Nunavut Guy

    You city people are just plain fucked up.Issues over an air freshener?


    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:51 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   YouwinthePRIZE

      It’s “issues over a migraine,” not over air freshener, one who does not read.

      As someone who just got over a 20 hour migraine and who now has merely a bad headache, let me just say: go fuck yourself.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 8:41 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #36.2   Rattus

      Why are you country people such douches about things you don’t, apparently, understand? Can’t you just get back to unclogging the septic tank and leave us to the business that concerns us?

      Oct 1, 2011 at 10:09 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #36.3   Nunavut Guy

      Not well hung enough to fuck myself.I do have to unclog the septic tank with great regularity though.

      Not a whole bunch of fun.

      You folks are just so whiney.I guess it is just that the city has made you round and soft.

      There is just the high school library here.I find books at the airport.Steinbeck and Hemingway are my favorites.

      I can’t be sure( having never met you) but I don’t think that you would last a week up here.

      We call you the southern Pillsbury


      Oct 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #36.4   Canthz_B bang

      Now that I don’t comment daily I can see how the level of discourse has been appreciably elevated to GFY and septic tank cleaning.

      Clearly, I was the problem! :lol:

      Oct 2, 2011 at 1:50 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #36.5   Nunavut Guy

      Where have you been?Sure do miss you stirring things up.

      (We don’t actually call anybody Pillsbury people,I just made that up)

      Oct 2, 2011 at 10:21 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #36.6   Canthz_B bang

      Sure do wish I could be around stirring the drink more often, NG, but real life is monopolizing my time of late.

      I’m always here in spirit. ;-)

      Oct 3, 2011 at 10:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #37   Charlie

    I would think any air freshener sold under the Staples brand would be pretty rank. On the other hand, the submitter, whose desk is just outside the restroom, should be glad the restroom patrons are at least using something.

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   Eda

      Oh yeah, she should be so grateful that people use a product that gives her a headache. Fuck off.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #37.2   Scarab

      Hey Eda, go fuck yourself.
      Enjoy your migraines, you cranky twat.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #37.3   Canthz_B bang

      Eda, I do not suffer migraines. May I ask if the scent/odor/smell of another person’s shit is more acceptable? Seems to me that if you sit close enough to the restrooms to smell the air freshener, you sit close enough to smell the air that needs freshening. Pick your poison.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 10:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #37.4   flaps

      The thing is, air “freshener” doesn’t take away odours, it just adds more. The smell of shit is not pleasant, but the smell of shit PLUS smelly chemicals is worse. And in the case of air “fresheners” permanently hanging in the loo, the smell of intense chemical fake flowers is constant, whereas the smell of shit presumably is not.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #37.5   Canthz_B bang

      Sorry, but I’d rather smell artificial flowers all day, than pure shit or chemically masked shit even part of the day. If you sit near a restroom, you’re going to smell the restroom sometimes.

      Fact is, you’d get more complaints about shit and old urine smell if there were no air fresheners than you get for air freshener smells simply because the vast majority of people can actually handle the scent of an air freshener with no ill effects, but NO ONE wants to smell old urine and/or shit…EVER!!

      Oct 4, 2011 at 8:37 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #38   TheOnlySanePersonInTheWorld

    @ Canthz B: It’s not necessarily that either odor is more acceptable, they’re both unpleasant. As someone who suffers from this problem myself, I’ve been in situations like this where, it’s not really as cut-and-dry as everyone likes to think. For some people its worse than others, depending on varying health factors, like asthma, or breathing problems in general, as well as chemical sensitivities. I’m one of those people that can’t even walk down the air freshener aisle at WalMart without feeling like I’m about to pass out. And not only that, in 2004 a study was done actually VERIFYING that most of the air fresheners on the market at this time contain what at least 14 countries deem to be “unsafe” amounts of pthalates which can cause negative effects in both male, and female reproductive systems. Just read the extra credit link provided by PAN. And imho, I’d rather smell someones fart for 30 seconds than have to feel like I’m slowly choking and dying until the 6lbs of air freshener wafting out of the bathroom dissipates. All in all, it really comes down to personal preferences unfortunately. The point that I’m trying to make, however; is that I appreciate the fact that my previous workplace made an effort to keep this problem in check, and I was literally THE ONLY ONE who had an issue with it out of almost 200 employees. Take that, Terry. lol. I find certain fresheners less offensive than others, but they’re all pretty terrible. I mean, c’mon. Do YOU even like the way they smell? Or do you just like it better than somebody’s smelly feet/a**. More importantly, the total lack of WINDOWS in any of these situations leaves way too much to be desired. That would solve the whole issue in its self.

    ps. Exhaust fans are fairly inexpensive, last time I checked at work you could buy one for less than 100$ CAN. Installation is beyond easy if you know what you’re looking at. Problem solved.

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   Canthz_B bang

      I like some and put up with others. Most people (the vast majority) can handle such things with no ill effects.
      You’re one of those people who make everyone else at your place of employment not wear scented deodorant or the slighted bit of cologne or perfume denying them a small piece of one of life’s simple pleasures.

      Exhaust fans use electricity. Electricity costs money. Generating electricity most often creates pollution. Installing millions of bathroom fans so you don’t have to smell air fresheners?

      Oct 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #39   Clarence

    Or using too much cologne:,2048/

    Oct 4, 2011 at 5:19 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #40   Earp

    Hey I don’t blame him, after all– Summer breeze makes me feel fine blowin’ with the jasmine in my mind

    Oct 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #41   Gary

    At times this was a very funny thread, at others VERY disgusting.

    Oct 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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