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Apple using 'sniffers' to cope with smell problems in retail stores

updated 02:47 pm EST, Fri January 31, 2014

Santa Monica store dealing with misplaced sensors

Apple Stores are using "sniffer" sensors to detect and remove dangerous or unpleasant odors, according to workers at the company's Third Street Promenade outlet in Santa Monica (pictured). Some people have complained that the shop smells like body odor, especially in the early morning. One employee explains that the location's sniffers are placed high in the building, which means that they aren't triggering the ventilation system as quickly as they should.

Some other stores are said to have odor problems as well. While those problems are mostly superficial, aside from possibly discouraging shoppers, the sniffers are also meant to protect against things like carbon monoxide poisoning. No serious incidents have been reported.

by MacNN Staff




  1. bluesquare

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-31-14

    Hello all. Long time reader, first time poster :)

    Speaking as someone who spent (past tense) a fair bit of time in the store early in the morning, the smell in the morning is simply the earthy smell of wet stone. The tiles are some kind of stone and after it's been mopped with water, much like the smell of rain on fresh earth, it has a bit of a "smell". I imagine if you've only lived in a concrete jungle the smell could be a bit off putting. As for what this flipped picture is pointing out, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe they are traffic counters, who knows.

  1. bluesquare

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-31-14

    On second thought this is a larger store than the one I spent time in, so who knows. But sniffer I don't buy it.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    It does sound a bit out there.... SciFi type of thing. Apple should devout one section of the store selling Yankee candles. Problem solved!

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