Anybody with functional olfactory senses who has been to a department store knows that nearly every one places the perfume counter right at the front of the store, where every patron is forced to walk through the stench to get to the rest of the store.
This may be pleasant for some, but if you aren't partial to the odor of hundreds of different perfumes mixed together randomly, it seems downright abusive. So if you are like me, you may have wondered why the heck they all do this.
My wife watched the show Mr. Selfridge on TV, which ascribed this practice to Harry Selfridge, as a way to drown out the stench of "horse pollution" from the streets in the days before automobiles. However, I can't find anything about that on any web page.
So how much basis in fact is there for this story? Before I start cursing him by name every time I enter a store, I'd like to be sure I'm calling down heavenly wrath on the responsible party.