Bad breath will usually cost one a second date, but who knew that it could cost one a job? Doorman Jonah Seeman was told that he shouldn't show up for work today because he was being suspended for having stinky breath. The 61-year-old worked as a doorman at a four-building complex on East 89th St. in Manhattan for 40 years, supporting his 81-year-old mother.
Seeman was suspended twice before for his breath, the first time in May and then again in July. However, Cooper Square Realty sent him a letter in November that said "We can no longer tolerate the fact that you have severe breath odor while on duty." Seeman said that he's since seen a doctor about his alleged problem, who diagnosed his condition as completely normal and simply average bad breath.
Tenants don't seem to mind their doorman's oral odor, and the Daily News wrote that many seemed aghast that their long-time entryway fixture was being shown the door. Seeman added that he's cut garlic out of his diet, regularly uses mouthwash, and pops breath mints while at work. The doorman's union has filed a grievance on Seeman's behalf and even a judge who is a tenant at the building where the doorman works said that his firing was "arbitrary and capricious."
The American Dental Association has some information on the causes of halitosis (bad breath), how to prevent it, and how to cure it.