Honolulu Mulls Body-Odor Crackdown

City delays vote barring smelly people from riding public transit
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 3, 2009 11:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Honolulu's city council has delayed voting on a measure to bar stinky people from public transit, reports the Advertiser. The ordinance would crack down on people with “odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system.” Part of the reason for the delay is the fact that only the state legislature can pass criminal statutes.

Under the proposed law, odor-emitters could be forced to pay a $500 fine or go to jail for 6 months. “I think it is a bit discriminatory to people but being a bus rider myself I think it would be helpful because some people do have really bad body odor,” one woman tells KITV.