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post #41 of 126
Aww, thismomma have a Everyone has a right to their own beliefs. The world would be awfully boring, if we were all the same!

I must say that I cannot stand cigarette smoke. I smoked for about 3 years (mostly in college). Even when I smoked, I would never smoke inside and hated going to smokey bars.

I lived in Austin, Tx, where smoking is banned in establishments that don't have a certain percentage of sales coming from alcohol, unless they have a separate ventilation system. Did that make sense? And, later in Washington state, where many places are voluntarily (I think?) smoke free.

Now, we move to North Carolina (my dh is from here- although not originally). This place has a love affair with tobacco! The city where I live wants to put limits on smoking in establishments, but they have to get approval from the state legislature (which is an uphill fight). All of the malls here have signs reminding people that they are NOW "smoke-free."

Anyway, my point here is I believe in a person's right to smoke. I also believe in protecting our children from said cigarette smoke. I think that children should not be allowed to sit in smoking sections of restaurants and such. If parents bring their kids, they would have to not smoke while eating. I know, I'm crazy.

I think it would be really bad for business to smoke around a product. It has nothing to do with a person's right to smoke, but if I purchased something that *reeked* I probably wouldn't buy from that person again. I just wouldn't want to have to wash a new item (even if it's only new to me) multiple times to rid it of the smell. That's just more work than I'd like.

Sorry, for the book. It started out short, but then most long stories do! :LOL
post #42 of 126
ok ill put my 2 cents in. Yes i think the WAHM should disclose if their home is smoke free or pet free. having said that ill also say i smoke. but only outside no where near my kids (or my diapers :LOL )and yes id be a little peeved if i got a diaper that smelled like ciggerettes just like i hate getting diapers and wool with fur on them even though i have a cat!
ahh maybe im pickier than i thought!! :LOL
post #43 of 126
What a longggg thread, however I enjoyed reading some of the wiser replies. There is NO smoking allowed in my house, friends that smoke and we do have some that do, go out side I don't care HOW cold it is out You want to smoke take it out of my home. That said, I have pellet stoves for heat, 2 of them and I LOVE them. Great source of heat from a recycled method of pressing wood sawdust to make pellets! No trees cut, any waste and economical and renewable. That being said, I have a "smell" but it does NOT smell like ciggys but woodsy (sorry don't know how to spell the word right LOL) But I have had people try and say that it WAS ciggys and I was so sad and distraught over it. And YUP I have had the darn stoves back up and once my dh used a house vac to clean it out the bag EXPLODED all over the place OMGosh MESS and it was downstairs in near sewing area. That was a total nightmare! Again I was in tears over it, took DAYS to clean everything.

I have a cat, 2 dogs and 4 birds and fish...........they are NOT allowed near the sewing and cutting areas in the house. Can hairs stray from me to there YES and I use a lint brush to clean up the fabric before sewing and after. I take my business very seriously.

Do my carriers smoke YUP and I bag my items but I know that it CAN leak through the bags. I have gotten items for wahms that I KNOW don't smoke and yet the items "stinky". There is only so much you can do as a wahm and a buyer to protect your investment and health~but the reality of it is that no matter how much a wahm does to run his/her business right there are factors beyond our control. KWIM?
post #44 of 126
I think it should be diclosed. i recieved diapers 1 time that reaked & even after numerous washings the smell stayed. it was sickening. I recently sold them to someone who i told the reason why i didn't want them, she was a smoker so it didn't matter to her.
post #45 of 126
forgot to ask, did you get them smell out?? just in case anyone else encounters that situation & they need to get them smelling good. Like i said i tried but no luck.
post #46 of 126
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Originally Posted by Sustainer
As far as postal workers, isn't there some sort of divider between the driver's seat and the cargo area where the packages are? Even without that, though, it's hard to imagine enough of their cigarette smoke permeating the sides of the package so that the diaper ends up *saturated* with cigarette smoke and *reeking* of the smell.
Our mail carrier drives what appears to be her personal vehicle. It is a Ford Escort. She distributes mail with one hand, and chain smokes and steers with the other. EVERYTHING that we get reeks of ciggarette smoke.


I complained once, and we didn't get any mail for 2 days...a coincidence? I think not! :
post #47 of 126
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Originally Posted by HokieMum
Our mail carrier drives what appears to be her personal vehicle. It is a Ford Escort. She distributes mail with one hand, and chain smokes and steers with the other. EVERYTHING that we get reeks of ciggarette smoke.
The mail that is delivered to the more rural areas around my town is also delivered by a personal vehicle. Not sure she smokes, but obviously could. Luckily our mail carrier is super and would never smoke! (she's super health-concious)
post #48 of 126
Our carriers drive their personal vehicles too....I"m fortunate that last year we got a new carrier, he delivers our mail with a pipe in his mouth..unlit
post #49 of 126
This is actually a timely thread. I recently received a couple of dipes from a WAHM that reeked of smoke. I was pretty surprised when I first opened the package and I smelled that cigarette smoke smell, but I had DH smell the dipes too and he agreed it was definately smoke. : The smell did go away after the first wash though.

I agree it should be disclosed. I want more dipes, but I am hesitating to buy from her again.
post #50 of 126
Mail delivered in personal vehicles?!! OMG I do not want to move to a rural area.If I see a diaper package of mine in someone's personal car I will freak out.That is too strange
post #51 of 126
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Originally Posted by HokieMum
Our mail carrier drives what appears to be her personal vehicle. It is a Ford Escort. She distributes mail with one hand, and chain smokes and steers with the other. EVERYTHING that we get reeks of ciggarette smoke.

I complained once, and we didn't get any mail for 2 days...a coincidence? I think not! :
YUCK!!!

Did you complain to *her*? Or did you complain to USPS?
post #52 of 126
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Originally Posted by MissSugarKane
Mail delivered in personal vehicles?!! OMG I do not want to move to a rural area.If I see a diaper package of mine in someone's personal car I will freak out.That is too strange
Hey now! It may seem weird to someone who's not accustomed to it, but it's a common practice around here. I think it's cheaper for the PO (and subsequently the taxpayers) to hire part-time carriers who drive their own vehicles to deliver in rural areas b/c of the excess mileage involved.

To the OP, I've never had that problem, but I agree it should be disclosed. I have asthma, and just the smell of smoke on clothes can irritate my throat. When DH was in a pool league, in very smokey bars, I made him take a shower and put his clothes in the washer before coming to bed--even if it was 3 am. :LOL

Jen, rural postal customer
post #53 of 126
Quote:
Originally Posted by MissSugarKane
Mail delivered in personal vehicles?!! OMG I do not want to move to a rural area.If I see a diaper package of mine in someone's personal car I will freak out.That is too strange
hmm i don't even live in a rural area and all the carriers now drive personal vehicles.. most drive Subarus
post #54 of 126
i, personally, hate anything smelling of smoke, even used...but, if i buy from someone used, i accept used condition, including foreign smells. but brand new, i'd not be pleased. i mean, i admit i might not say something but i agree it's gross. i know WAHMs make stuff at home but still, new products should smell "new". i wouldn't buy other "new" items smelling of smoke, KWIM?
post #55 of 126
i would like the disclosure.


I despise smoke...despise it. I would be horrified. but more horrified if I tried to return them and it was my PO person. But my PO person walks so I doubt it would be that in my neighborhood.
post #56 of 126
I certainly wouldn't pick out a pair of jeans off the rack to buy if they smelled like cigarette smoke. By the same token I'd not be happy if my new dipes smelled like smoke. Seems a little...uh, unprofessional. I think smokers really can't smell the lingering smoke so it isn't a big deal to them. They probably think no one would even notice. But no, I can sniff out stale cigarette smoke on anything and it makes me ill!
post #57 of 126
And I agree with Holli. In Phoenix, you cannot smoke anywhere. Same with Manhattan. No smoking at bars or restaurants. Some places are grandfathered in...but we are NOT used to smoke. I am uber sensitive to it. Sure it is someones right to smoke, but it is also my right to not be around smoke.

I could not move to a city where you can smoke it restaurants and bars, I spend way too much time in those places. :
post #58 of 126
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Originally Posted by MissSugarKane
Mail delivered in personal vehicles?!! OMG I do not want to move to a rural area.If I see a diaper package of mine in someone's personal car I will freak out.That is too strange
It is just life. Of course, the steering wheel is on the right side of the car, so it isn't exactly a personal vehicle. Our old mail lady used to be something else. Our neighbor has a super large mailbox. We used to get notes in our mailbox from our mail lady that I should retrieve my large packages from their mailbox.

I only received something that smelled like smoke once. And there were lots of mamas who had complained about having the same experience. It doesn't appear that her business is doing very well right now.

While I wouldn't be thrilled, if it were a diaper that I had to have, I wouldn't mind washing it. Now books are a different story.
post #59 of 126
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Originally Posted by ustasmom
It is just life. Of course, the steering wheel is on the right side of the car, so it isn't exactly a personal vehicle.
Actually, 90% of the rural carriers around here drive regular vehicles w/ the steering wheel on the left side. Probably 1/4 of them have one person drive while a 2nd person puts the mail in the mailbox--usually family members who run the route together. However, the majority of them sit in the passenger side and use their left foot and hand to drive the vehicle. Now that has always bugged me! :LOL
post #60 of 126
Yes, it NEEDS to be disclosed. Smoke gives me a huge headache, and with a very senstive, nose, I would be sniffing the dipes after every wash, trying to find any trace of that junk, before placing it on my sensitive baby! Same with cats-I need to know-I have a wicked allergy!!!

Smoke is gross and toxic. If I knew for a fact that a diaper would arrive to me smelling like that, I would not order. Same with fabric you know! Maybe the WAHM got a bad batch of fabric from another seller that smokes, in all fairness.
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