Miss Manners: Fitness instruction wonders how to gently approach client with severe body odor

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a fitness instructor with approximately 30 customers in each class. A new gentleman in one of my classes, who comes with his cousin, has severe body odor. He looks like he showers, but I suspect he never washes his clothes because he always has the same outfit on every time I see him. The last time he came to class, the room was rather full, and everyone around him was horrified at the smell. He definitely doesn’t notice. If I speak to him directly, he will probably never come back, and I would like to keep his business. Fitness classes around the country probably have …

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