Farting Teammate

Mar 14, 2019 24 Comments

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.

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  • Mist Systems shciekjdn
    “Tell is about a time you faced a conflict with a teammate“
    Mar 14, 2019 2
    • Bloomberg / Eng UFEn11
      OP
      I guess so. 😭
      Mar 14, 2019
    • Intel / Eng DonaldDD's
      What did you do about it? Complain anonymously on the interwebs. It might be more honorable to complain on Quora
      Mar 14, 2019
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    • New / Eng pHXp44
      Yep, grow a pair and talk to them one on one.
      Mar 14, 2019
    • Intel / Eng DonaldDD's
      No he should just rant on blind
      Mar 14, 2019
  • Vudu / Product SMnW81
    Is it filiable with HR? Toxic work environment
    Mar 14, 2019 2
    • Bloomberg / Eng UFEn11
      OP
      I giggled, on a serious note, I wish HR could have that conversation with them that everyone is asking me to have.
      Mar 14, 2019
    • Lockheed Martin Mn8-2Quh
      I think you should. That way if it's a medical issue, you don't break any privacy rules
      Mar 14, 2019
  • New monomo
    "silent ones are the real killers"
    Loool hahaha. Always.
    Mar 14, 2019 1
    • Intel / Eng
      JustBlah

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      JustBlahmore
      Yeah i mean OP should know that from self flatulation experience!!!
      Mar 14, 2019
  • 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.
    Mar 14, 2019 1
    • Bloomberg / Eng UFEn11
      OP
      Good to know, I didn't know a medical issue like that exists. I'll try to find a way to have a polite 1:1 with my manager and them.
      Mar 14, 2019
  • Barclays PLC FAANGHNTER
    You need to escalate, eat raddish and start farting back. Attempt to time your farts within seconds of his release. After a week your managers will have to address the problem to the person in question.

    This is the way of non violence.
    Mar 14, 2019 0
  • Microsoft unfanged
    It’s probably worse for them. Most likely a medical issue like IBD or IBS and beyond their control.
    Mar 14, 2019 0
  • Interactions jixk43
    Jokes aside get HR involved, we had a co-worker with bad BO and someone contacted HR. It's a legit issue.
    Mar 14, 2019 0
  • Lockheed Martin Mn8-2Quh
    They could have a medical issue and legit can't help it, but that's fucking disgusting 🤢
    Mar 14, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Eng dKWp30
    They may have stomach problems they’re trying to deal with. It’s not like you can WFH or be MIA all the time. Kind of a sensitive/personal issue.
    Mar 14, 2019 0

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