The Stench at City Hall

pepe-le-pewThe city of Portland, OR is considering putting in new rules about the way their employees smell.  Who would have thought that government would be involved in something this odorous.

They are wanting to discourage employees from using scented products at work where the “sole purpose is to emit a fragrance such as perfume, aftershave & cologne & to avoid the use of strongly scented powder, deodorant & other personal hygiene products.”

Seriously!?  Discouraging people from fragrant deodorant?


I know - we all have been around someone with too much perfume or cologne.  Admittedly, we have probably been around someone who’s “natural” body odor was enough to bring tears to your eyes.

The question is - does government have a right to stick their nose in such business?  If someone smells, deal with the stinker!  Does it have to be legislation?

I prefer colognes that are spicy.  I like woodsy, peppery type of colognes.  I also like deodorant that is both deodorant & anti-perspirant.  I prefer the solid stick  - it seems to “stick” the best.

So there.  Isn’t that a bit too much info!?  Exactly. This might be a part of your hiring interview.  Full fragrant disclosure.

Can you imagine going to work & having an official “sniffer” at the door.  Someone overseeing your usage of deodorant & eau de toilette?  You would have to go through a metal detector & a smell detector.

If government will go there - is there anywhere government won’t go?  (Don’t think about that too long.)
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives & interests.”
Patrick Henry

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