It’s everyone’s dream to live in a nice neighborhood where they can comfortably mind their own business. However, sometimes it can be hard to avoid notice when someone’s prosthetic leg smells like ostrich feces. It’s incredibly inconvenient when you can’t avoid it because that person lives directly next door.
What should you do in this situation?
Well, the most important thing is to be tactful. After all, you never know what kind of medical condition your neighbor may be suffering from. And when you’re dealing with someone whose health depends on their limbs, you need to respect them and their medical needs.
Here are five tactful ways to tell your neighbor’s prosthetic leg smells like ostrich feces.
1. Find out if your neighbor is aware that the limb smells like feces.
It’s extremely rude to stare at someone’s prosthetic limb and make comments about how it “smells like feces.” You can also try not to stare directly at it and instead look over the limb or away.
It’s possible that your neighbor is aware that their leg smells like ostrich feces and that they’re just living with it for some reason. If this is the case, you can politely ask your neighbor if they’d consider getting the limb professionally cleaned.
2. Offer to lend your neighbor a deodorizing spray.
If your neighbor is unaware that their prosthetic limb smells like feces, you can help them out by offering to lend them a deodorizing spray for the limb. Just make sure to avoid any harsh scents, as someone with a heightened sense of smell may find a strong scent unpleasant.
It’s also a good idea to avoid any scents that could be mistaken for feces.
3. Use your power of suggestion.
This tactic is best used in a mild situation. If someone’s limb just stinks a little, you can simply ask them if the limb could use a little freshening up. You can then offer to lend them a spray or an air freshener that smells like something clean.
4. Lightly bring up the subject of ostrich feces.
Even if your neighbor is unaware that the limb smells like feces, it may be difficult for them to notice when they’re around it all the time. In this situation, you can help by bringing up the subject of ostrich feces subtly.
For example, bring up a related topic in conversation, such as what you think ostrich feces would smell like. You can also offer to make a list of other things that ostrich feces could be mistaken for, such as sour milk, dog urine, or cream cheese.
5. Offer to bring your neighbor’s prosthetic limb to a professional cleaner.
If your neighbor is unaware that their prosthetic limb smells like feces, you can offer to bring it to a professional cleaner for them. If your neighbor agrees, follow through with the offer. However, if your neighbor declines your offer, accept it and don’t bring up the subject again.
Prosthetic limbs are tricky things. Your neighbor may be very attached to theirs and uncomfortable with the idea of replacing it or getting rid of it. Even if they’re aware that the limb smells like feces, there could be other reasons for keeping their limb intact. In these cases, it’s often best to avoid the limb when you can and avoid talking about it whenever possible.
After all, no one wants to spend their time discussing the limb’s aroma, and not much good can come of it.
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