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Oxygen low!

Oxygen low!

Thu, 10/06/2011 - 14:00 by Ananth in response to why did they put them all next to each other

I like it when things smell nice, but I don't like going into places that sell them. It's always an intense everysmell! The clothing store, I don't even get that. Is the idea to make customers pass out from the overwhelming cologne and then place you inside some sort of retail maze? And you're trapped in there with an angry minotaur in skinny jeans? That makes sense right?

Anyway we always hold our breath and jog through the odor miasma in front of stores like that. 

That's all! See you next week!


Quick! Get to the air bubble!

Comment by Boshrap (not verified) Mon, 10/10/2011 - 21:01

That song that plays when Sonic is running out of air came into my head on the last panel. Which is _exactly_ what this is like when you escape and get to a Cinnabon.

I worked for a company that

Comment by Leonson (not verified) Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:33

I worked for a company that provided music services to stores like that. You may be surprised to find out that the scents are unique and are well paid for and researched. It's part of a stores "Branding", as is the music playlist.

We used to make custom playlists for different stores, and their marketing departments would ok them or send them back if they felt a song didn't belong or match the stores branding. It's kinda scary really.

Just one...

Comment by Just1RandomGuy (not verified) Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:43

Just one Panera Bread short of death... @_@

I actually had a friend once

Comment by Ali (not verified) Tue, 10/11/2011 - 13:19

I actually had a friend once who worked at a Hollister (dunno how he survived). He told one of his tasks was to periodically spray the fans inside with cologne. I can believe it. -.-

Clothing Store That Inexplicably Smells Like Cologne

Comment by E. Bernhard Warg (not verified) Tue, 10/11/2011 - 13:50

There is (or was, as I recently lost my job) an A&F between my place of employment and the little grocery/convenience store I would often go to during breaks. I soon learned when to start holding my breathe and when it would be safe to start breathing normally again, and on the occasions when I was able to I would release some gas of my own in the vain hope of counteracting their Inexplicable Olfactory Assault.

I neither like nor understand cologne or perfume, and consider them to be technologies that should have been rendered long obsolete by the inventions of deodorant, soap, and hot running water.

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Ananth!


Comment by TakaComics (not verified) Tue, 10/11/2011 - 22:46

I have a pic from Marketplace Mall in Rochester, of a store called "Discount Perfume Hut" right next to "Yankee Candle." No nose stands a chance.


Comment by Foot (not verified) Wed, 10/12/2011 - 00:54

Yeah, went by an Hollister like that... Actually, went into a Hollister store because I had a friend buying some shirts there. Unhappy about the situation as I was, I decided to make the best of it and buy the cheapest, ugliest shirt I could.

It says:

In huge script with some palm trees and such.

This is the only brand name shirt I own. Everything else is band shirts, event shirts... nerdy graphic shirts...


Comment by Lk (not verified) Fri, 10/14/2011 - 17:20


odor miasma!

Comment by marman (not verified) Tue, 10/18/2011 - 16:23

makes me think of crystal chronicles.

I actually asked the staff

Comment by Nesaea (not verified) Thu, 10/20/2011 - 20:06

I actually asked the staff of Abercrombie & Fitch about the stank that permeates their store, and a very kind, slightly embarrassed clerk pointed out the WALL-MOUNTED DISPENSERS THAT SPRAY COLOGNE INTO THE AIR EVERY HOUR OR SO.

I can't imagine what working in that store, or any of the stores in the above comic, would do to your sinuses. Your clothes and hair would carry the smell home with you....eurgh....

Ong ikr

Comment by Alexz (not verified) Fri, 10/28/2011 - 00:09

That happens to me all the time at the mall XP and when I went to Boston, the place was like Abe Ross and fitch or aeropostal, something Like that. I almost died in there, plain horrible scent. WORSE!!

Omigosh, this is the story

Comment by Beryl (not verified) Sat, 05/25/2013 - 19:25

Omigosh, this is the story of my life.
And smoking sections too...Haha.
Sometimes I get kind of rude with my sensitivities, though. Once I walked into class and started coughing and said, "Uhhggg, what is that smell? It's like a really strong perfume!"
Then the guy sitting in front of me turned around and said, "I just got back from's probably me." He seemed genuinely embarrassed.