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"Stinky" Situation At The Gym...What Would You Do?  
User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

Hey, guys and gals. I work out at the YMCA downtown here in Milwaukee, and since I've been going (about a year and a half now), I've noticed one particular patron who has an EXTREMELY offensive odor. Every time this guy is there, he has a cloud of funk surrounding him, to the point where it's impossible to be near wherever he is working out, standing, sitting, or whatever. Recently, my work-out partner and I went to the front desk and filed a complaint about him. We were surprised to discover the staff already knows him by name, and many other people have complained about his stench as well. Yet, we were told by the guy working, "Yeah, we've talked to him, and he's actually pretty nasty about it. He just says, 'This is the way it is.'" So, it would seem there's nothing they can do to get this guy to at least use deodorant.

Of course, it doesn't help that this man constantly walks around the entire gym while he's there. It's as if he's on a mission to deliberately offend everyone. Anyway, I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to deal with this? Whether serious or joking, I'd appreciate hearing thoughts about it.

Thanks!

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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

When I was in the Forces, this problem came up occasionaly. It was always rectified the same way.

The guy in question would be taken to the bathroom and scrubbed with scouring powder and stiff brushes. Of course it was not nice but they always took the hint. It was always a last resort but it was rarely required to be repeated.


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

This is a very dicey problem-from both a moral and legal standpoint. Approaching someone about their odor is something that no one-apparently even yourself-wants to do. It's embarrassing. And you don't want a confrontation. Plus, singling him out could put you (or the gym-hence the lack of action on their part) in potential legal hot water. What if this person has a medical condition that requires excessive medication and the odor is a side effect of that medication? What if there is an "ethnic" reason behind it-whether it's diet or what have you? Either way, unfortunately, it puts the offender under the umbrella of "protected" status.


I think the idea of being stinky just for the sake of being offensive is extremely far fetched at best. I cannot fathom any possible motive for that. He would inflict far more damage on himself than he would stinking up a locker room-which already smells of sweat and dirty socks already. Even if he's a lard-ass who's there because he's jealous of the thin/fit, he's only going to make a mockery of himself-and do more damage to his already shattered self esteem.

As for handling it, have you or anyone you know actually said anything to him? You mentioned that the staff said that he's "rude" about it. Maybe you and a couple of other people (strength in numbers-but no more than 3 or 4 total....so that he doesn't think he's being "jumped") can go up to this guy and politely say something to him.

But do you know for sure? Have they really confronted him or are they just telling you that as a "brush off" to actually avoid a confrontation?

Does this guy ever come with anyone? If so, then maybe you approach his friend about it, who, in turn, can talk to the offender. Often, it's easier for a friend to break this news than a total stranger.

If nothing else works, perhaps subtle little hints might do the trick. Leave little bottles of cologne and maybe a few deodorant bars anonymously on his locker.

Maybe he'll get the hint.

If not, then there's really little else you can do.


User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2979 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

I don't have a solution, but I now have another excuse to avoid exercise!
Cool!! Thanks!
Actually, I do have an idea... A bit of his own medicine! You, and as many folks as you can recruit, can follow HIM around and: chew on garlic, fart, pile on a ton of Polo or Hai Karate or something, yank nose hairs to sneeze at him, let your garbage hang out of your shorts, and if all else fails...wink at him constantly. Blow kisses. "Hit on him". Make him WANT to leave. Hey! This is the way it is!
If that doesn't work... Oil your hands. Then spot for him...



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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3270 times:

Ok..this is kinda nasty...but IT will work.
Call--or better--write your local health department and complain about the unsanitary conditions at the YCMCA--and how they are allowing patrons with extremely horrible personal hygiene to use the common areas and equipment. Intimate that several of you possibly got a rash or something because of it.


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 48
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

4holer:

Interesting suggestions. I would certainly hope you don't endorse doing those things unless it's a last resort.

Otherwise, you're WORSE than he is.


But, it just might work.


User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2979 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

Only a last resort.
I've only done 1 of them. As a last resort. The nose hair/sneeze. Quite effective, but I was desperate. (On a plane, in coach, with the person in front of me reclined into my lap. I tried 'please' first...)



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User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

Actually, I know for a fact that the management of the Y has talked to this guy a few times. When I went to file a complaint about the odor problem, I was told Stinky (as my work-out partner and I have nicknamed him) didn't provide any explanation or excuse for his odor. I do know the staff has talked to him a few times, and he's even had a few confrontations. The most recent was Monday; my work-out partner and I actually overheard a heated discussion going on between Stinky and a female employee of the Y. We couldn't catch details, but something was being said about him "disrupting" her class, and she was filing a complaint about him. Stinky was arguing in a rather loud voice, as well.

My work-out partner has suggested leaving deodorant by Stinky's water bottle while he's strolling around the gym, but I think this is a rather expensive alternative. Maybe talking to him about the issue might help, but I'm afraid that, given his personality, it would probably escalate into a heated, ugly battle of words. FYI, Stinky is not overweight in the least; rather, he's slim of build, not muscular, and looks to be in his forties. And he always comes to the gym alone.

I think if I'm in close quarters with this guy sometime, I WILL say something about his odor. But confrontation isn't something I really want. Filing complaints doesn't seem to do the trick, either. I rather liked the idea the first respondant had - me and several other rather buff guys dragging Stinky into the showers and scrubbing him down ourselves. Hahahha! Although I'm pretty sure he'd file some sort of lawsuit against us. Too bad the right to stink is more protected than others' rights to unpolluted air.  Sad


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

NO..he probably won't sue you immediately, he'd wait for the outcome of your criminal trial:

If you forcibly drag him to the shower you can be charged with aggravated battery (if you threaten him first then it's aggravated assault and battery).
If any of you accidently touch his package or remove his clothes (anything he could perceive as sexual) then there is a sexual misconduct charge as well (sexual assualt wouldn't apply since I don't think you'd do this on purpose).

Then...he'll sue all of you in civil court. He'd probably win something (maybe you could pay in deodorant...).

Probably not worth it--no matter how enticing it sounds.


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3182 times:


Find out what car he drives and dump something fowl smelling into the ventilation system.


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2566 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

Does this guy still stink after he showers? How about the direct approach:

"Hey buddy, you stink like shit!"

It is high-school level, but his indifference to the offense is also immature.



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User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Guys,

This is a serious problem in Gym's and I have had annoying problems to deal with myself. Il96M, I have no idea what you can do from now on, with the exception of explaining the situation to the staff and advise them that you'll take your business elsewhere if something is not done.

The problem I had was unwarranted advances by a balding middle aged man every morning in the locker rooms. I advised the management of this prominent Sydney gym of the problem and they said they were aware of this persons penchant for chatting up people in the lockers. Nothing happened and this guy really began to bug me. So this time I complained in writing and only received an official acknoledgement. Anyhow the guy doing it simply wouldn't stop so I demanded a refund from the gym and moved to another.

It turns out that this guy was *protected* by gym management as he was someone fairly senior in the public service.

Sometimes you just can't win.

mb


User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1057 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

I suggest you and your workout mate carry a can of spray Deodorant and when walking past him just start spraying. Maybe it will give hime a hint to do something about it before other people take the matter into their own hands.


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User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3104 times:

There is a man who rides on our bus every once in a while. He smells like a mix of dry and drying urine. As soon as he gets on the bus it reeks. He is dirty. His fingernils are black and have not been cut in a while. He has insects crawling on him and, I swear to god, go at one point had a roach crawl out of his thin hair. One day the driver (who was fed up because the guy allways sits on the bus next to the driver) oulled over and told the passengers that he could no longer safley operate the bus and got out. On getting out he began taking deep gulps of air and it was CLEAR he was making a genuine effort to supress vomit. Since then all of the drivers do not let him on the bus. They really don't feel safe driving with him on.

User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3105 times:

Flyboy36y says:

There is a man who rides on our bus every once in a while. He smells like a mix of dry and drying urine. As soon as he gets on the bus it reeks. He is dirty. His fingernils are black and have not been cut in a while. He has insects crawling on him and, I swear to god, go at one point had a roach crawl out of his thin hair. One day the driver (who was fed up because the guy allways sits on the bus next to the driver) oulled over and told the passengers that he could no longer safley operate the bus and got out. On getting out he began taking deep gulps of air and it was CLEAR he was making a genuine effort to supress vomit. Since then all of the drivers do not let him on the bus. They really don't feel safe driving with him on.

LOL!  Laugh out loud That is hillarious! I'd like to know the route so I can avoid it like the plague!


User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3101 times:







What's another word for thesaurus?
User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3043 times:

Bonjour Britt! Allow me to relate MY solution.
Setting: Gym (free weights area)
Britt: Excuse me sir, might I give you a suggestion...?
Stinko: Yeah, but hurry up!
Britt: Soap and water are AMAZING substances, why don't you partake in their benefits?
Stinko: What the he** are you insinuating!!??
Britt: *-assume crouched fetal postion-*
Stinko: I have a right mind to punch you into next week

hmm....and I wonder why dad said I am horrible with diplomacy  Big grin


User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

Unfortunately, this is becoming a societal problem. Or maybe Milwaukee in general. Just look at Bud Selig.

Being a resident of Wisconsin (and a Marquette grad very familiar with the clientele at the downtown Y), I stay abreast of the news.

Several years ago I read about the problem that Wisconsin High Schoolers were having with their fellow students' body odors. Many of the students at suburban Milwaukee schools (Homestead in Mequon, in particular) were up in arms about their peers attending class--stinking to high heaven. Why? Because they weren't taking showers after phys ed class. It seems that the school systems (in Wisconsin at least) are no longer encouraging showers after phys ed....because it's no longer politically correct.

I was taking showers after gym starting in 7th grade. They issued towels to us. Same for organized sports:I showered after football. I showered after hockey. I showered after baseball. I played two of those sports through the college level and was never bashful about communal showers. It was expected.

(Trust me. Pads can also stink. Especially hockey pads. We hosed those off and aired them out--weekly. If you didn't, your teammates would take your gear and it would reappear later--under your couch when you're trying to get cozy with your chica and wondering if it's her that smells bad. You learned real quick to take care of your personal hygiene).

And a hard work-out at the gym generates a lot of sweat which turns into funky cheese--if not scrubbed off the body. To not do so is anti-social.

Moreover, there was a phys ed teacher (at North Division I believe) who made his students shower. If they didn't he gave them an 'F'. Shame, shame. And can you believe that parents were pissed off at him? Why did he give his students an 'F'? Gee, maybe because personal hygiene is a key component to being physically fit. That's what they try to teach in phy ed.

Okay, IL96, here's what you do. Keep flooding the suggestion box, e-mails, and bending the ears of the local Y--every opportunity that the guy is there. They will start getting sick of you like you're getting sick of ole stinkbomb. Be specific in your complaints and list the times and events. If that doesn't work, then you go on to the higher level administrative offices. Write a letter to the journal/sentinel about the level of acceptance the Y has for foul smelling people. Encourage your friends to do the same. Believe me, a unified effort (in writing) will get results.

You see, It's the Y's problem. They may be non-profit, but they rely on funds from the public at large. They won't want to keep hundreds of square feet open and all sorts of community services in session for just one person


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

Unforturnately, you cannot legislate personal hygiene in this country. Very likely, the parents are correct in objecting to the teachers demand that they shower. It's a personal choice--not the school boards. If they are objecting it's probably because they feel that hygiene should be taught at home...not at school (?). You'd be surprised what some parents object to in Health Class!

I had no idea it was that big an issue---I wanted to shower after playing sports. Otherwise you felt gross.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29690 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

Well the deal is that you never noticed it in Milwakee untill after the beer plants shut down...


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