What do you think?
Last night , my family and I went to see The Lion King. We waited for months to see this and it was our first time. We paid almost $500 for the tickets even though we were in Row 23 and were totally excited to see the show since it was our first time. About 10 minutes before the show started a trio showed up and sat in the seats in front of us. The woman directly in front of me was not only an amazon, but she had the most God awful perfume I have ever smelled in my life. It was literally like a combination of Jean Nate and pure amonia mixed together. In fact, I wondered if she had just gotten a perm that day and was trying to hide the smell of it with her perfume. Within 1 minute , our eyes were literally burning.
We were dead center in the theater so I had to squeeze past everyone again and went to talk to an usher to see if we could be moved. The theater was packed and she said that the only seats we could take were in the very last row. I wasn't happy about it , but it was better than sitting behind Stinky. But by the time I got back to our seats to tell my family we could move, the lights went out and the show started. We all sat there for the first half with our programs folded over our faces to keep out the smell and had to close our eyes every now and then because they were burning and watering. I am NOT exaggerating!
At intermission, we got out as quickly as we could, went straight to the box office this time and told the employee what was wrong. I told him we were willing to split up our family if that's what it took to get better seats. We ended up here and there in Row 5 which was fantastic and helped make up for how awful the first half had been.
I think that was so rude and selfish of that lady to douse herself with whatever it was knowing that she would be in a crowded theater where the heat of people makes smells even more intensified. And I can't believe the two people next to her didn't tell her how bad she smelled so she could have done something about it before arriving at the theater. I didn't want to be mean or cause a scene in any way , but I just couldn't believe that our experience was being ruined because someone chose to wear cheap dime store perfume! It was also an inonvenience to everyone we had to keep walking past to get away from her.
In my opinion , there is just no reason for someone to wear perfume or cologne and plenty of reasons to not to a public performance....and since people don't seem to know better ....I wish they would make a law against it. Or even specify perfume/cologne sections versus non-perfume/non-cologne sections. We have "No smoking" laws in California and I would have preferred smoke over what we had to smell for the first half of the show. And what's in perfume/cologne is actually just as harmful to breathe as smoke for most people.
What do you think? Should there be a law or restriction against perfume /cologne at public performances. And if so, how do you think they should enforce it?