Get a load of this one: http://www.starbulletin.com/news/200..._proposal.html
Ok, why was this stink bomb ever allowed out of the City Council chamber in the first place?? Did anybody on the Council ever stop to consider whether the proposed law was even enforceable? How stinky would one have to be to get charged with this penalty?? Which stenches would be exempt? Would people who stink of cigarette smoke be pulled off the rail along with the people who have plain old B.O? If the law were enacted and justly enforced, they would have been! What about a parent whose kid's diaper could use a change? Would they be thrown in jail? What about people who are clean but are a bit stinky because it is a hot, humid day? There are tons of those people in DC during the summer tourist season. What about a person who has a legitimate medical condition that causes him or her to have problems controlling body odor (TMAU, bromhidrosis, liver or kidney failure)? Would all of these people be tossed into jail? Even if no criminal penalties were imposed and the riders were just tossed off the bus/rail, would this be just? Would the law be realistically enforceable?A proposal that raised a stink nationwide over an apparent attempt to criminalize body odor on public buses has been shelved by the City Council.
Honolulu gained nationwide attention, criticism and ridicule over...a new code of conduct for users of the city's planned rail mass transit system. The code also would have applied to existing transit systems, including TheBus.
Civil rights groups and others criticized a provision that would have made it a crime -- punishable by a fine up to $500, six months in jail or both -- to have offensive body odor.
Just imagine the flood of trivial ** cases resulting from this law that would have clogged up the court system!
You know, considering the number of very stinky people of all races, all classes, and all states of hygiene walking around, it would be far wiser to adopt a more tolerant attitude towards body odor, particularly when one considers the fact that one may have abhorrent B.O. without realizing it (read about the phenomenon of olfactory habituation to understand why).