So I have this coworker who finds the need to take his shoes off EVERYDAY at work. He sits right next to me and I must say I am quite annoyed. I am not against people taking their shoes off at work or anything, but PLEASE PLEASE if you feel the need to do so, make sure you wash your feet and wear clean socks and your shoes don't have an odor.
This was not the case with my coworker. I'm pretty sure he knows his feet smells because if it could slap me the way it does everyday that I come to work, then I'm pretty sure it slapped him or his girlfriend a few times. Everyday I would complain on my bbm status or on twitter and everyone would say just say something to the guy but I didn't want to. Don't get me wrong, I was not afraid, but more so embarrassed for him. If I was in his position and someone told me that my feet stinks, I wouldn't know how to react.
Yesterday I got so fed up that I decided to write a note. Now I think my note was pretty straight forward and not as rude as I usually am, but other people think otherwise. The note read:
Hey, I don't want to be rude or anything but we would appreciate it if you would refrain from taking your shoes off because your feet stinks. We tried to just bare with the stench but its getting to the point where we either have to hold our breath or leave the room and that's not fair to us. Its actually quite suffocating. Thanks in advance!!
Now when he left the room I put the note on his book in front of his computer just to make sure that he would find the note. He comes back into the room and just stares at the screen. He doesn't even look down and I know he sees the note just laying there. When he finally does look down, he turns the page of the book leaving the note there. So for the rest of the day he doesn't say anything about the note but I tell my other coworker if he takes his shoes off tomorrow and I smell his damn feet, I'm gonna go crazy on him because I tried to be nice about it.
I think he either read the note when I initially wrote it and had left the room or when I had gone to the bathroom after I gave it to him. Either way I don't appreciate coming to work to have to hold my breath as if I'm a garbage collector.
So today at work, stinky feet takes his shoes off and has his foot all near for me to see. Surprisingly, there wasn't a stench. So I'm guessing he either finally decided to wash his feet or change his damn socks. It's sad that I had to write a note for that to actually happen. But the moment I smell his feet again I'm saying something.
Have you ever had to work with someone who had a disturbing odor coming from some part of their body and didn't know how to address the issue? What did you do?