Day’?s Verse:
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9

Envision a room divided up into six cubicles. The walls are about six feet high — enough for visual privacy, but auditory privacy is nonexistent. Suppose you, sitting in your little 5’x5’ space one day, hear a coworker break some serious wind in a cube nearby. What would etiquette dictate that the coworker do, and what would you do?

Similarly, what if the coworker stood there talking to you and did the same thing? Would politeness oblige you to ignore the noxious scent and unmistakable sound?

…and no, thank goodness, I have not encountered this in person yet.

3 thoughts on “A Question of Etiquette

  1. I don’t think it would be different than any other social setting where you might encounter this. Just follow whatever regional etiquette dictates.

  2. I would ignore it unless the other person made a comment like “Oops” or “…that was a good one!” haha.

    When I worked at Brooks Pharmacy one summer, there was an extremely flatulent pharmacist and it was so bad I started feeling sick, and I had no idea what to do. He was acting completely oblivious and I kept hearing it and smelling it…I felt so sick after awhile that I ended up going home for the day.

    Looking back on it, it’s really funny, but at the time I had nooo idea what to do. It’s a sketchy situation. I think if I encountered it again I would have taken my boss aside and told her what was happening and asked to be moved to the floor instead.

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