A supposed “smelly” French family were asked to leave a museum after other patrons were offended by their combined odor.
Officials said the young couple and their child were on a charity trip to the Musee d’Orsay when people began to notice a smell rising from the three visitors. According to the Telegraph, security guards eventually moved in to inform the family of the bad news.
While viewing some paintings inside a room dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh, a security guard told the couple and their kid that they would have to leave the museum as soon as possible. Since other people were complaining about the smell, the museum had no choice but to kick them out.
A representative for the Act for Dignity charity said:
“I argued with the security man, telling him the family were all decent and properly dressed. Not a single other person had complained about us so I refute the idea that it was their smell. We moved on to another room, but we were again met by four museum guards who ordered us out of the building.”
According to The Huffington Post, the museum directors said they were “very troubled” by the incident involving the allegedly smell family. Although a spokesperson for the Musee d’Orsay expressed sadness over how the couple and their child were treated, no one has offered up a way to make this situation right.
ATD-Quart Monde spokesperson Typhaine Cornacchiari said this is typically how impoverished people are treated by others.
“It shows what the poorest people have to put up with on a daily basis. When poverty is written on your face you do not get treated the same way. Women who stink of perfume don’t get asked to leave. No one calls security when you see people pontificating in front of paintings.”
Do you think museum officials should apologize to the allegedly smelly family they kicked off the premises?