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I would be furious if someone sprayed me without asking. Many people are allergic to components of perfumes. For me, it'd = asthma, hives, and/or a headache- the kind that would make me sick to my stomach and put me in bed a day or two. YDI. Surprised your company doesn't tell employees NOT to do it
Seriously. It's usually over priced horrid smelling "designer" stuff. Even if you aren't allergic people are sensitive to particular scents like vanilla or sandalwood. Others the oils in the perfume clash with the natural smell/oil on the body making it great for one but dog shit for another. Not to mention any perfume/oil/lotion already being used.
You know, it could be that the person with allergies was in a store where the perfume department is right when you walk in and right when you walk back out. It could have been the customer couldn't avoid the section of the store without avoiding the store altogether.
People are saying YDI for exactly the reason you wrote: OP didn't know the customer was allergic...which means they also didn't know if the customer wasn't allergic. There is no reason to spray random people with perfumes, especially because so many people have sensitivities to things like that. Unusual smells can cause migraines, sinus problems, etc...in this case, it landed someone in the hospital. I'm also allergic to perfume, only it's a contact allergy. Had I been the one OP sprayed, I would've broken out in nasty, painful hives. I also would've made sure I didn't leave that store without making sure OP lost their job, because what they did was wrong.
I don't think what Op did was right. But in Op's defence (from how I understood the FML) I don't think she actually sprayed it on the customer, just in their direction/close to them so they could smell it. I imagine Op didn't think it would actually come in contact with the individual. Either way she shouldn't have done it & shouldn't spray it at all unless she has the individual's permission. Although it was Op's fault I still feel bad for her. To be honest I'm shocked this is still a job. I don't know a single person that wants to be sprayed by random perfume. You think they would be better off having a perfume counter with samples that customers can spray on either themselves or a piece of paper to try the smell. That's how it is at the mall where I live anyway. Saves the customers from unwillingly getting sprayed and saves the employee from having to stand there and ask people if they want to be sprayed.
Let's say OP works in fast food a customer says no tomatoes on a burger. OP puts tomatoes on anyway but realized they made a mistake and quickly removes the tomato (not an uncommon practice) the customer gets the food starts eating the burger and suddenly has to be rushed to the hospital because they are allergic to tomatoes. OP never knew about the allergies but it's still OPs fault as far as anyone was concerned
#2: Imagine that instead of randomly spraying people with perfume, OP would've been randomly shoving cake into people's mouths. Without asking if they like that kind of cake, or if they would like to try a piece, or if they like cake at all. See what's wrong now? Also, if your job is to sell perfume, spraying it on random passers-by is the biggest dick move you could possibly make. Did OP receive any training or introductory information? I hardly ever even buy perfume and even I know that one type of perfume can smell awesome on one person and disgusting on the next, and that a lot of people like to use tester strips to try different perfumes before they try one on their skin.
Amen, 27!! I would be furious if someone sprayed me. It'd = sneezing, asthma, and hives.... Sometimes a sinus/allergy headache so severe that I'd be in bed for a day or two and nauseous. Generally avoid perfume department but sometimes it's not possible in some stores......
I would be seriously annoyed if someone sprayed me with perfume without asking me, allergy or not. Asshole move. You should ask people beforehand, OP, YDI
A lady working on a perfume counter did this to me once when I was walking through a store on my way to meet a guy. Naturally I was already wearing my own perfume, but she just sprayed me as I walked by and got most of it in my hair. The two smells clashed awfully with each other and the guy spent our whole date trying to avoid being too close to me. I couldn't blame him, I smelled like a cat had marked me as it's territory.
You decided to be creative by "spraying purfume in someone's face?" Ummmm k
A beginner's mistake. Next time you'd say "would you like to try?" before spraying someone with perfume. It's basic courtesy OP. I hope you learned your lesson.
Beginner?? More like idiot's mistake. People like OP are the reason job training for retail jobs include some REALLY stupid (and lengthy) training videos. Your store will have fun with the lawsuit. And future employees will have a blast with the idiotic training required......Grats, noob!