Natalie Kuhn, who was ordered off a bus last Friday by a driver who complained about her perfume, says she was again publicly humiliated by another bus driver during her morning commute to work today.
“Everything was fine for the first eight minutes of the bus ride, and then he pulled over and started opening all of the windows,” said the 25-year-old chiropractic assistant.
— Her fragrance? Very Irresistible by Givenchy. Read the rest in the Calgary Sun (link no longer active, sorry!).
The way to test whether this is a contract dispute or a grievance with the fragrance would be if Kuhn wore a different scent. I'd also be curious to see what would happen if different women boarded wearing Very Irresistible.
Anyone want to go to Calgary for a bus ride with me? HOO-ahh!
LOL — why couldn't this be happening some place a little more desirable, like say, Venice? San Francisco? Then I would be most happy to help
the fact she says she put on 'less than usual' realyl makes me wonder how much she puts on normally! I woudl imagine most commuters are oblivious for the most part to scent, you probably tune a lot of it out – the scent of coffee, or deodorants, etc. While two drivers in that space of time sounds like the 1st one had a good rant about her which maybe led to a buddy 'backing' him in sort of of weird protest against it, it also makes you think about the 70's and 80's – Hello, YSL Paris and PW Tea Rose – those are much bigger roses than VI!
Hey, are you slagging Calgary?!?! (Actually, go ahead and slag it all you want…) I'm writing to Calgary Transit this morning – though I've complained before about various service disruptions and they're hopeless about getting back to you. Despite now owning a car, I welcome all of you to join me in our bustling city by the mountains to torment bus drivers with whatever scent you chose. This Canadian scent-phobia must stop!!!
Listen, nobody would have the guts to throw anybody off a public bus for B.O., and that's the most offensive thing I've ever smelled on a Calgary bus. We all lived through the eighties – anybody hear of any bus drivers dropping dead of Poison? – and I think it's ridiculous that everybody and their mother has suddenly developed a life-threatening allergy to perfume. It's poppycock. In the last couple weeks, I've had people tell me they're allergic to unripe bananas, Starbucks baked goods and cabbage used in coleslaw (but only in coleslaw). If you don't like something, have the balls to say so!
Hmmm…Looks like girlfriend needs to change her fragrance…either that or walk to work. :):)
Apologies to Calgary, really. It just isn't on the top of my “places to visit before I die” list. Should it be? And what is with the scent phobia in Canada anyway???
You could be right, it could be that they're watching out for her, LOL…
LOL at “anybody hear of any bus drivers dropping dead of Poison?”!
Can you imagine having your name in the newspapers because of your bad perfume? She'll need to change her scent now, you're right
Very Irresistible? Must be one of those cloyingly synthetic fruity-floral mess.
Other fragrances that should be locked up during intense spring and summer temperatures: 95% of the Serge Lutens line (that uber rich and heavy amber-candied fruit-honey house accord can kill a horse in hot weather), A*Men, Pi, Joop!, etc..
I don't know what it is, and I wish I knew. We're generally a tolerant people! I guess this is just something we'll have to learn to apologise in advance for, like Celine Dion.
It is apparently snowing in Calgary today, so I don't think this was weather related. Poor Serge, you are picking on him again!
LoL no, its just choosing fragrance appropriate based on weather. The Lutens babies provide comfort and depth during (harsh) winters, not during summer. What if you were at Myrtle Beach basking in the sun with temperatures reaching 90 degrees…would you go with Eau Sauvage or Arabie ?
I was just teasing! I would swear to you that on my beach holiday last year, every single woman was wearing Angel or an Angel-clone, and it was hot as Hades. Couldn't understand it when there are so many lovely summery scents!
These aversions to perfume are quite tiresome. I have worn fragrance every day since, oh, I don't know, since I turned 20, maybe, and I'm not going to tell you how long ago *that* was. In the past few months, two of my friends, close friends I've known for 20+ years, have on separate occasions pulled back from me, physically, in aversion. “You're wearing scent!” they shrilled. Well, yeah, so? No one's eyes are streaming, no one is reaching for their lace hankies and sneezing and honking. This is not allergy, this is self-indulgent nonsense.
That said, I have smelled some vile perfumes on the subway. The worst are those drug-store knockoffs, “If you like Calvin Klein's Obsession you'll like our Fingers in our Noses…” What *is* that chemical they put in those concoctions? It gives chemicals a bad name and heaven knows chemistry is getting a bad enough rap these days without that.
Wonder how long it is until we have to hide our perfume like cigarettes, LOL…well, anyway, I go both ways. On the one hand, much of the anti-perfume stuff is silly, on the other hand, I've been known to get up and change my seat when someone in a theatre is wearing way too much.