Seriously I have had it. I have a colleague who openly farts in the middle of a meeting in a conference room, sometimes at the desk and everyone pretends like nothing happened. Sometimes the farts are silent while others are loud. Silent ones are the real killers. I have had to leave the area a few times because I just couldn't bear the smell. Because of this, sometimes an active brainstorming session gets affected, people just want to get the fuck outta there. Im not possibly looking for a solution here but just had to rant somewhere. If you do have some suggestion, I'm all ears. I don't know how so called grown-ass high-skilled adults are so unaware of what they are doing in a social setting. Like for God's sake, bathroom is just around the corner, go take a dump.
- New -.-It's likely to be as embarrassing to them as it is upsetting to you. They are probably fully aware but may not know how to handle, and just thankful no one had made a scene or embarrassed them about it. It can be a real chronic medical issue they have no control over, such IBS. If it is actually disrupting work, then you or a manager could have a polite 1:1 conversation with them suggesting that they are free to excuse themselves even mid meeting to go to another place to fart if they feel one coming.
As someone with moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease, in my case well-controlled with medicines, I sometimes have a lot of gas even when I don't have to take a dump. (And sometimes have to take a dump with little warning, but usually I have enough time that it isn't an emergency situation.) It varies with each person though. So please be empathetic to their situation but it's completely fair to bring it up privately. They may just need to feel like they have the team's support and understanding/permission to leave suddenly and comes back. They certainly don't want to feel like they'll be mocked behind their back for taking a fart break or something.
- Ericsson / Engrawr🙈🙉I FEEL YOU. The exact same thing is happening at my office. Hell, it even happened like 15 mins ago!! It’s fucking disgusting! I don’t understand it either, but I just try and be the better man. It even blew my mind back in my university days. I knew a guy who would rip ass when he was out. We could all be out for dinner and he would just fart. Or out with girls and he would fart! Like did peoples parents not teach them any manors? Fucking hell.. god speed brother. Wishing you the best, let’s fight through this together.