Thursday, June 29, 2006

Booger Dood

Today I got a call from the owner of a large company responding to a fax I sent him requesting assistance in clearing a balance on an account. He wanted to come by and meet with me and discuss the issue in person. I invited him to come on down and I would make time to talk to him.

He arrived and we began to discuss said account. I looked up from my seat and in his nose was the biggest booger hanging out I had ever seen. I had to force myself not to look at it and only look at his eyes. It was the hardest thing I did all day.

Now, why couldn't I just say, "Here you need a tissue." and go on? I don't know. I was too embarrassed. Yet the embarrassment he will feel when he realizes the booger was there the entire time he was talking to me might be greater than what he would have felt if I just pointed it out to him.

So my questions to you today are:
1. Is it wrong to NOT point out that someone has a disgusting booger hanging out of their nose?
2. What is the nicest way to point out said booger?
3. What would you want someone to do?


  1. Step away from the booger. Leave it alone. I've encountered this before. I had a client who I'd first met who had the same thing. I still think of him as "Booger", but can never remember his real name. God help me if I run across him casually. I may blurt out "Booger" before I can help it.

  2. I usually start scratching my own nose until it makes them do the hand wipe across their nose and hopefully removing said booger. Doesn't always work, but they sometimes get the message.

  3. It depends on the person. If it's a stranger, it's very hard to say, "BBLN" (big boogie left nostril) or whatever....
    I guess I wouldn't say anything. But it would be hard to keep from checking it out, to make sure it didn't fall on my desk, or something.
    I would want to know, if it were my nostril. Hmmmmm. It's a dilema.

    A few weeks ago, a pharmaceutical rep brought us lunch and she had a huge piece of spinach on her front tooth. She eventually noticed it on her own. I'm thinking now it would've been nice to tell her...
    It's awkward, still.

  4. Something is wrong with me I s’pose. It would not matter if it was a stranger or a friend. I would blurt it right out. To a friend I would say: "There is a great big nasty disgusting booger hanging out of your nose!" To a stranger I would say: "You have a booger on your nose. Would you like a tissue?"

    (=':'=) meow hugs
    (")_ (")Š from da Raggedy one

  5. I've come across one of those too. It's a tough one! I could never get myself to say anything, and yet there it is craving my attention...

    I have the same problem with moles. Don't get me started on moles. Except you can't really say something about them, can you? they're not easily removed with a tissue...

    OH - and I'm back from my vacation...

  6. hey
    well you pretty much could guess what i would do. hand the dude a tissue, and say, er, uh, you have a little sumpthin on yer nose there?

  7. Hmmm, don't really know. I guess I would do what Leslee suggested, and if that doesn't work, just leave it be. I know if it were me, though, I would want to be told.
    Take care, watch those boogers, Meow xx

  8. I yak at booger talk. Hand the man a tissue, k, going to gross out now...

  9. If I have a booger please tell me I think that shows more Love than ignoring it. I don't care if you do that for anybody else, just me


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