ARE YOU in the vicinity of someone doused in so much scent that they leave a wake of aggressive migraines? Here’s how to break the news.
Walk away coughing
Pointedly walking away from someone is rude. But as rude as someone applying so much essence of cat’s anus to their neck their smell trail can still be followed 40 minutes after they’ve left a room? No.
Fake some kind of attack
Coughing, choking and rolling around on the floor clawing at your neck will get their attention. When they ask what’s wrong, say ‘My airways are closing up, but don’t let my asphyxiation stop you from bathing in Joop! Homme.’ If they don’t leave, at least you know they genuinely want you to die.
Fuck it, everyone’s running to HR about everything now, why not you? It not only avoids confrontation but provides a stimulating atmosphere of passive-aggressive workplace paranoia when memos suddenly arrive declaring the office a ‘scent-free environment’.
Anyone who thinks a liberal application of Davidoff Cool Water makes them sexy is probably a psychopath and has certainly bought one of those supposedly woman-attracting pheromone sprays from a magazine. Ditch them immediately.
Punch them in the face
Trapped with the offender in a relatively small space? Overwhelmed with their vile reek? Your only option is to take them down. Go for it. Everyone will thank you.