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post #1 of 6 Old 03-27-2008, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh, help! Smelly dude at work...

Ok there is this guy at work and he smells... well... rancid !
He doesnt shower, he wears the same clothes for weeks.

He works out in the shop (I am in the Office across the parking lot) and they have no air conditioning so in the summer its even worse. But even all winter long he smelled so bad.

I am the Purchasing Agent and Inventory Control, so I often have the shop guys in my office for one thing or another.

This guy is in his 40's, has two kids, is divorced and recently his mother moved in with them cause her husband died and she had no place to go. So its not like he doesnt know to shower. He is a really nice guy but he smells. To make matters worse, he is very overweight so I can only imagine all the bacteria that is growing in his "folds".

We are a very small company. There are 7 of us.
How do I tell this guy he needs to shower and wash clothes daily, without being mean, without hurting his feelings?

I thought of leaving a note in his car or something.

What do you all think?

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-27-2008, 11:25 PM
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Leave a large bar of soap in his car with a typed note saying we would appreciate you useing this thank you
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-28-2008, 02:33 AM
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most men think it's ok to go for weeks with out showering or doing laundry, might i suguest in a kind way that you start by simply putting a wash chart on the back side of a bath room stall ( trust me it will get red) with daily hygen tips! change it weekley if he catches on.

such as....

have you tried this ( brand soap) in your dailey showers?

or please remember to shower as we a squecky clean company!!

try to be really nice about it because it can really back fire on you
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-28-2008, 03:20 AM
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Re: smelly

Originally Posted by Dave
Leave a large bar of soap in his car with a typed note saying we would appreciate you useing this thank you
LOL for some reason I found this REALLY funny. I'm not sure if its because it was funny or if its because its almost 2am and I have been at work for hours. Either way that was great.

Thanks for posting that
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-01-2008, 07:09 AM
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That is too funny My husband has a guy where he works who is the same way. The rest of the guys had a poll going as to when he would change pants. It went for 23 days! They kept a dirt log to make sure they were the same ones.
I know its funny, but I kinda felt bad for the guy. He too is overweight by about 400 lbs.. I know there is a problem for people that large to keep clean they get stuff like whats between mares teets in the folds and we know what that smells like...YUCK.
I don't think subtle messages are going to work. You may have to just take him aside and as diplomaticly as you can, ask him if there is anything he can do about his body odor. If you have a manager I would relegate the task to him/her. I would do it before the warm weather hits. If nothing works just buy a large can of air freshener and spray after he leaves.
I like KT's suggestion of making it a company policy sort of thing too. Not directed at him in particular but at everyone.

Edit: hubby wanted me to post a correction. It was 29 confirmed days in the same unwashed britches.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-01-2008, 10:33 PM
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OMG, one of my managers @ work smells horrible.
It's so nasty. But really, you can't like force someone to bathe. Maybe his lifestyle just isn't clean itself! I mean who knows.
You'd think people shower daily, but it really isn't the case. :( Ehh smelly people lol.

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