Apple store using sniffers to combat B.O.?

A report says the Apple store in Santa Monica, Calif., has such problems with bad smells that is has sensors to activate ventilation systems. Is this an isolated issue?

Getting sniffy?
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Have you noticed that not everyone cares too much about the odor they emit?

Do you recoil at times when you walk past an apparently pleasant-looking person, as the olfactory experience they incite might call for fumigation?

I confess that one place where this might be an extreme problem is the Apple store.

Apple stores are so full of humanity at most times of the day. One has to squeeze through, in order to venerate a product or two.

A report suggests that Apple is aware of this slightly stinky problem. Rocco Pendola of the Street says that the very nice Apple store on Third Street in Santa Monica, Calif., has a terrible B.O. issue.

He says two Apple store employees confirmed to him that the store is stinky.

The alleged cause? Human beings.

Some will naturally accuse those in Apple stores of excessive excitement, leading to unnecessary bodily emissions. Others will simply suggest that hygiene isn't what it used to be.

In any case, Pendola says he was shown special sensors in the store that activate ventilation when the stink is beyond the brink.

I have contacted Apple to ask whether the company perhaps sprays Burberry scent into its stores in an attempt to keep the atmosphere fragrant. I will update, should I get a whiff of a response.

Apple stores are surely not the only retail establishments that have to combat the malodorous. Last year, an AT&T store was accused of smelling like a locker room.

Some businesses -- casinos in Vegas and department stores (especially on the ground floor), for example -- are highly adept at creating an atmosphere appealing to most noses.

It would be no surprise if Apple has to combat the pong of the throng in order to make shopping in its stores a pleasant experience.