Booger Etiquette

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Question for you guys.

I just had a lady in my office here. I'll just say she's not really model material, and leave it at that.

Anyway, she had these huge nostrils, and a booger that was minutes away from plummeting earthward. It was all I could do to keep my eyes above her nose.

Should I have told her about it? I *almost* did, but didn't have the heart to do it. I was thinking that it could save her some embarassment at the next place she stops.... but that big thing was SO close to dropping that I'm sure it'll just fall into her coffee in the car or something in the next 10 minutes.

I imagined me saying "um, you have a, little... something.." while brushing my nose to hint that she has a booger... but damn, I didn't want that thing landing on my counter! Am I selfish?

That would have been pretty embarassing for her - she'd have to make a split second decision - "Do I flick this on the floor and leave it, knowing he'll have to clean it later... or do I keep it in my hand? ask for a kleenex and take my booger out to the car with me when I leave?"

Might have been hard on the old gal.


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  • Reply 1 of 17
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    awwww... you crack me up, man. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
  • Reply 1 of 17
    Throw a tissue at her and run. Run as fast and as far away as you can.

  • Reply 3 of 17
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    Ah the age old do-you-tell-her-about-the-booger question. This was solved in 1974 in an advice column. But you need a wing man to get away with it. Basically you excuse yourself and tell her you need to call someone for a second. Give some sort of excuse why. You and your wing man will have a predetermined phrase for such an occasion, something like, "these pretzels are salty" or "want hotdogs with bacon for lunch?". This alerts your man that there is a booger situation in your office. He sneeks in your office and hits her in the back of the head with a bat before she even knows what happened. While unconscious, remove the booger! Sit her back up and get the smelling salts to awaken her. the quickly sit back down and pretend you are finishing some boring story like, ".... and then my wife looked down and realized she had white pants on after Labor day! The horror!". She'll just think she dozed off for a second and no one will be the wiser. Problem solved. I cannot count how many times my wing man has saved me from a pickle like that.
  • Reply 4 of 17
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    Man, I totally would have done that if I wasn't alone.

  • Reply 5 of 17
    this is why i always make sure i have a freshly (is that even a word) picked nose before i leave the house

    just tell her that she has a booger, what's wrong with that? she your boss/customer or something?
  • Reply 6 of 17
    Was it a crustybooger or a dangler?

    <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 7 of 17
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    It was a semi crusty dangler. The worst kind.

    It can't be felt in your nostril, because of the limited skin contact. It was hanging precariously by a very short, single thin strand of boog, free to swing as her head turned but careful not to make nostril contact and alert her.

    Dangerous little bastards.
  • Reply 8 of 17

    poor woman...... I wonder the fate of the lil critter?

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  • Reply 9 of 17
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Gotta admit though that the most satisfying nostril surprise comes in the form of those long danglers that seem to be rooted somewhere up in the deeps of your skull. You make a cursory morning sweep of your nostrils thinking it's just the regular sticky kind, but then a snotty bloody tail as long as your finger follows it out. You survey your handiwork, marvel at the elasticity of your little sinus serpent, take a deep breath, and rest assured you won't have any danglers this day.

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  • Reply 10 of 17
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member


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  • Reply 11 of 17
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    That's a hard one. It depends on how well you know here. I think Brad came the closest. Maybe you could hand her a tissue and say, " ... " crap I don't know what the **** you would say.
  • Reply 12 of 17
    that's totally disgusting. reminds me when i told my computer to the apple store this weekend, i asked a worker in the parking lot directions to the loading dock area, and man he had a oovergrown field of hair growing out of his nose :eek: there was tons of it

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  • Reply 13 of 17
    ibrowseibrowse Posts: 1,749member
    Just start picking yours, fiercely, so she's not TOO offended when you try to pick hers.
  • Reply 14 of 17
    thuh freakthuh freak Posts: 2,664member
    [quote]Originally posted by iBrowse:

    <strong>Just start picking yours, fiercely, so she's not TOO offended when you try to pick hers.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    "you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose. but you can't pick your friends' nose."

    -quoth My Shoe
  • Reply 15 of 17
    chweave1chweave1 Posts: 164member
    HAHA, this is the best thread I've read in a long time.

    My general rule of thumb is, tell them if you are close enough with them to discuss such things. So if they are neither your friend, your roommate or a member of your family, don't mention it!

    That reminds me a of a friend of mine in high school. Every time I would politely nudge my nose to cure an itch (You know those itches that just bring tears to your eyes?) in class, she would see me doing it, and freak out that I was trying to send her a secret message about something dangling from her nostrils... After I realized how sensitive she was, I used it so much to torture her in the perfect situations...
  • Reply 16 of 17
    stunnedstunned Posts: 1,096member
    Another thread that makes AI fun!

    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

    Give that lady a tissue!
  • Reply 17 of 17
    [quote]Originally posted by stunned:

    <strong>Another thread that makes AI fun!

    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

    Give that lady a tissue! </strong><hr></blockquote>

    which has doomed it for potential locking.
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