reply to post by Jennyfrenzy
I work in a retail locksmiths shop, and we also carry hardware. I am used to builders, carpenters, and people doing DIY, coming in covered in muck,
and smelling like they have been working hard, and I applaud that, because it means they have gumption and vim, and there are all too many folk who
lack these things.
However, there are also those customers who come in looking, and smelling, as if they have not cleaned themselves, or their garments since well
before I was even born. This aggravates me to a massive degree, despite the fact that after a day cutting keys, and fixing locks, cleaning and
sharpening garden tools, and using main strength for several key tasks, I realise that I must smell none too fragrant. But on those days when I have
worked until my clothes were saturated with my secretions, I get into the shower, and cleanse my body of the filth, and I also ensure that my washing
gets into the machine.
There is little enough effort required, that to do otherwise seems needlessly indulgent, and deliberately anti social. Sometimes a customer will come
into my store, and the only thing I can think is "Good God! I smelled better than that when I lived on the street!".
The thing about the smears of shed skin on a telephone, I also understand. Our computers key board could be cleaner, but given the fact that this is
a workshop as well as a retail outlet, I forgive us for laxity in that way. However, there is nothing more detestable than to walk into what I call a
place of "soft work" and find build ups of every bodies dead flesh on the telephones, door handles, desks, and chair backs. There is quite a build
up on my bass guitar, but that is different. My flesh sacrifice to metal is my business, and no one else has to be involved with that!