The trip home from my office can be a harrowing experience. On the best of days, it is a 30-minute ride and if I were lucky, I’d have a seat. Here I was today, on a bus meant to carry 50 people filled to the brim with 80. In the middle of summer, in temperatures exceeding 100 Fahrenheit. Stuck to each other like a tin of packed sardines. This is why my daily commute home is not something I look forward to after a long and tiring day at the office.
So imagine being stuck in a crowded bus. The worst thing that could happen to me is to be next to someone with bad body odor. The next worst thing is being stuck next to someone who put on too much cologne or perfume. That’s where I found myself on the way home from work on this very hot summer day. I could barely breathe! Doesn’t this guy know that too much perfume or cologne could cause headaches or allergic reactions? They should at least be advised on the popular cologne choices which are subtle and suitable for use on a crowded bus. Continue reading