Thrice in the last two weeks I’ve received an email from a facility in northern California asking employees and visitors to refrain from wearing fragrances, perfumes on campus. Apparently someone in the sprawling facility has severe allergies to perfumes. I didn’t know such a thing could be but alas for some poor soul it does. Now in a small office with say no windows and air condition I can see how this can be a real problem. Hell I’ve been on elevators where the odour was well um odoriferous beyond tolerance.
However the particular campus in question is a sprawling multi-story multi-building site. It has room for a few thousands people so having an entire populace of a small town effectively stop bathing for the delicate sense-abilities of some beleaguered nostril is a bit draconian. I certainly feel for the poor chap who can’t stand the smell of the latest wet dog odour Fantasy by Britney Spears of which some googly-eyed hip chip-pee decided to bathe in. But honestly asking three thousand people to stop wearing perfume, cologne, deodorant and whatnot to mask their natural smell is well Californian in the extreme.