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people believing they're unobserved

Concerning people in their 'secret' state, i passed a cubicle at work at the exact moment that the woman who worked in it happen to lift up her purse and smell of it.


She saw me go by and i slowly backed up and asked, "Did you just smell your purse?"


"You know," she laughed, "I did. You caught me sniffing my purse."


"Do you mind if i ask why?"


"It's kinda funny. My mother-in-law smelled my purse yesterday and i just remembered that and so wanted to see what she was smelling."


We both laughed and though i was tempted to bring out my wallet and sniff it, i did not. I walked off. When i told a friend about the encounter she asked bluntly, "Well, what did it smell like?"


That, for some reason, i felt was none of my business. I wonder why?

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Taken on October 19, 2007