Smelly People Beware: The Conundrum Of The Scent-Free Zone.
What exactly are my obligations when I encounter a “Scent-Free” zone? I understand the notion: some people may have an allergic and/or some sort of reaction to the chemicals that are included some scented products. Ok, that’s fair. No one wants to be responsible for another person’s hives or seizures, normally. Additionally, no one wants to have to attend to a person who is suffering said reaction, whether they are trained and properly equipped to do so or not. I get that part. But what am I supposed to do once I enter this “zone” smelling like…well…anything?
Whether you’re wearing cologne, deodorant, hair products, or recently laundered clothes (freshly washed clothes are a scent as distinct as anything), everyone smells like something. If you washed your hair, it smells like your shampoo. If you washed your body, it smells like your soap. Your hands smell like whatever you touch. Your feet…just smell. If you’re a young male who has hopes of fulfilling the empty promises claimed by body-sprays of becoming an attractive female magnet, you may be doused head to toe in Axe. Even if you neglected to apply your clear blue Old Spice that morning, you’re going to be emitting your natural body scent or some kind (in this scenario, likely a foul one).
So when I encounter a place that has such a warning posted (usually hospitals, or medical centers of some orientation), am I then supposed to leave, go home, wash off everything that smells, and then return? Do I have to make a new appointment if I can’t make it back in time for the current one? Will they give me a new one if there’s an opening later in the day? Am I supposed to note that place of business, and subsequently every other establishment in the city with the same set of rules? Should I have a notebook of which to refer to before I get up in the morning to make sure I don’t put anything that smells in case I am going to a scent-free building on that day? What if I forget, and then show up at a known scent-free zone? Will they still admit me? Should I declare my current scents at the front desk? As you can see, these zones create a vortex of important unanswered questions.
My suggestion is this: they need to put up some sort of scoreboard in the building that everyone can see, instead of the signs. This board would indicate how many people are currently occupying the building space that have a scent-related condition. These people would be required to make themselves known upon entering the scent-free zone. The tally would be placed on the board, and then all who enter would know for sure if it were clear to enter if they had applied any sort of scent prior to arriving. This would also act as a fail-safe to the weary and prepared person, who had perhaps not utilized and form of scent in hopes of not unintentionally provoking any outbreaks anywhere he went that day, but had packed a bag of deodorant, cologne, or other products that he could later administer when he knew the coast was clear. It wouldn’t be any sort of prejudice profiling, it would simply allow non-scent reactors to help themselves and scent-reactors go about their days together, happy and healthily. It can’t miss.
It’s either my idea, or put them all in glass boxes like we do to the smokers now. I think my method is a little more humane, don’t you?Follow @davecunning