Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Wow.  I don't know how to answer actually since I can't recall this situation occurring.  Not sure I want to think about it further.   On a side note:  it's good to "see" you  - is this an end to your AR hiatus?  I hope so.  

Dec 17, 2019 10:47 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I'd say "God bless you".

Dec 17, 2019 11:38 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Kudos to the parents for stepping up but, they should have taught him/her to sneeze into the crook of his arm from a very early age!

If the washcloth they handed me was anti-bacterial infused, I would have thanked them, said, GOD BLESS YOU to the little one and proceeded to wipe off my face. 

I am a bit of a germophobe so, it would be a challenge to keep a smile on my face immediately after that incident, Paul!!

And, WELCOME BACK! We've missed you!

Dec 17, 2019 12:08 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Would be speechless!

Dec 17, 2019 10:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have no idea what I would say or how I'd react... of course, it's never happened to me.

Dec 17, 2019 12:28 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow,  I would be finding a bathroom to wash my face for sure.


Dec 17, 2019 11:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have not had this experience. Head for the restroom to clean up and hope for the best.

Dec 17, 2019 10:50 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my 3 year old grandson coughs and sneezes in his bent arm....  but he's been taught and conditioned to do it....

I hope you scrubbled your face ..... 

Dec 17, 2019 11:53 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers


One time an office client took her 8 year old child into our office bathroom who proceeded to throw up all over everything...the toilet, the floor and the wall.

The mother comes out and instructs my receptionist/secretary to go clean it up.  My receptionist was a peach and cleaned it all up.

I heard the story when I came back. If I had been there, I would have handed the mother the cleaning stuff so she could clean it.

In your situation, I would go put my face under the faucet, and scrub hard...


Dec 17, 2019 11:35 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Oh My! I'm not sure what I'd do. Probably make a weird face and excuse myself to clean up!!!

Dec 17, 2019 10:43 AM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I would have run to the bathroom and clean my face with lot of soap. Lol

Dec 17, 2019 05:08 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have not...   

Dec 17, 2019 04:25 PM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I have no hesitation in telling a child or an adult to cover that up!  Then I would plop an Airborne into my water glass in a very dramatic way! But seriously, I would correct that behavior and let the offender know that sneezing or coughing on me is not going to work.

Dec 17, 2019 03:22 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It hasn't happened but I sure would be surprised. Glad the parent took some action.

Dec 17, 2019 11:57 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not much you can do in that situation.  At least the parents were understanding.

Dec 17, 2019 11:48 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I am not sure what I would have done if the child's parent had not been pro-active.

I am glad to say that I have not been confronted with a similar situation that ended up with you be subjected to be sneezed upon. Yuck!

Dec 17, 2019 10:35 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

God bless you and glad to seeyou are back !

Dec 17, 2019 04:39 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Well, what can you do? Kindly remind the child to cover their mouth when sneezing and go clean up. Snot happens.

Dec 17, 2019 12:09 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Yikes, that's a tough one! I think if that happened to me, I probably go and wash up before making a comment to the child.

Dec 17, 2019 06:01 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Argh. Did I mention I'm pro choice?

LOL ack though . . . kids either just forget or they haven't been taught. They're kids!

We simply deal . . . if the parent had not been there I would have probably done what the parent did, grabbed a nappie and said baby, let's go ACHOOO! together . . . and cover mouth. Then wipe.

Kids  . . . how else do we get adults? LOLLL

Dec 17, 2019 03:35 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I would not let it bother me, just wipe off the snott an keep going.

Dec 17, 2019 03:06 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not sure there is anything you can do after the fact except head for a bathroom and clean-up!

Dec 17, 2019 02:40 PM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Your choice of emotions.  ouch, ugh, snap, oh hell.  

Dec 17, 2019 02:33 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

"Bless you.  It's considered polite to cover your mouth when you sneeze."

Dec 17, 2019 02:04 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Since it was a kid, I would make sure that he knew I was displeased. Hey, where are your manners! Cover your mouth dude!

Then I would look for part 2 & shift toward the parents. It's not right especially if the kid didn't say excuse me.

Dec 17, 2019 11:19 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

After the fact in this situation could turn ugly. Whats done is done unless you care to lovingly point out what to do next time thus educating the child. This reminds me of a candid camera classic episode where they tactfully showed a little boy at a urinal and a man comes in using the next urinal and the kid per plan squirts a water gun on the guys shoes implying the kid urinated on his shoe. There were different reactions. 1. ignore 2. Hey! 3. One guy started laughing 4. Change urinals. What would you do?

Dec 17, 2019 11:01 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

How old was said child?  

I would excuse myself to rest room and clean up  But mostly I don't get close enough to people outside my family for their sneeze to land on my face.

Dec 17, 2019 10:19 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Thankfully that has not happened.  I do not know what I would say - I know I would be washing my face and hands thoroughly. 

Dec 18, 2019 08:12 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I don't know what I would have done

Dec 18, 2019 05:22 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would probably say "would you like a tissue?"

Dec 18, 2019 02:29 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Well, since I raised two, I'm not surprised when a child might not be able to hold a sneeze or fart or... A simple advice:  admire other small kids from the distance. 

Dec 17, 2019 10:36 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I would have said, "God Bless You" and then grab something to clean off my face.  Depending on the moment I might use this as a learning experience for the child and their parents.  Luckily, this has never happened to me.

Dec 17, 2019 08:30 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

You mean after vomiting?  I don't have kids and I've a immune deficiency.   Little kids are walking germ factories and I tend to keep my distance.  The youngest child in my SOI is 7 yrs old and knows better than to do that to anyone. 

Dec 17, 2019 01:23 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome back! Yuck is all I can say. 

Dec 18, 2019 04:55 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Depends on the child. If it's one with whom I had a relationship, I would help them to understand how to sneeze appropriately.

Dec 18, 2019 03:29 AM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

I would address the child with and "excuse me, did you forget to cover your nose/mouth when you sneezed?  Can you go get a kleenex for me so I can wipe off my face and then grab one for yourself, so you can blow your nose."  Parents should have picked up on this and intervened, but since they didn't, all bets are off and address the child directly.  How you deliver the comments will determine if the parents get their panties in a bunch.  Never had it happen to me, but there is always a first!

Dec 17, 2019 01:10 PM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

With just as big of a "God Bless You!" and then likely a "whoops!" as I wiped my face. It is the parents' job to teach manners to their child, not mine. 

Dec 18, 2019 10:37 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I applaud the parents for apologizing profusely. I've seen so many parents ignoring bad manners from their children.  Seriously,  you start educating your children from day one.   However, having said that, I would probably excuse myself and use the bathroom to clean up. 

Dec 18, 2019 10:26 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Well don't think I've had this happen. At least the Mom tried to make it right. I'd probably excuse myself and go to wash room and clean up. Flu season...

Dec 18, 2019 10:14 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It would always depend on the parents reaction. Parents letting their children scream and go untended is worse to me.

Dec 18, 2019 06:54 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Pretty much the same way one would sharing a table with old people who forgot talking with their mouth full was not a good idea.  In the shower of food debris, you respond graciously.

Dec 18, 2019 05:10 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Take your vitamin C, get your sleep, exercise and stay healthy Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS That's your best defense. Stay strong and expect anything dealing with the public. 

Dec 18, 2019 03:46 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Thankfully I have missed that one

Dec 18, 2019 03:43 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Say gesundheit and update my will


Dec 17, 2019 11:32 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I really don’t know what I would say, it would depend on the child’s age.

Dec 17, 2019 08:56 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I might think it was cute, unless the child did it on purpose, haha.  I don't worry about germs, I worry about keeping my immune system strong.  Our bodies are powerful and really good at disposing of germs properly.

Dec 19, 2019 10:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I would go wash my face, or in the car I have sanitizing wipes...never happened to us. A

Dec 18, 2019 02:12 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Sounds like it played out in the best possible's a sneeze and a child...enough said.

Dec 18, 2019 09:22 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I have our cat who sneezes on me after I washed my hair. Animals have keen sense of smell.

I saw a realtor in San Francisco wore ONE OF THOSE. HERS was more colorful....





Dec 18, 2019 07:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

UGH, that is gross!  

Dec 22, 2019 08:02 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Wipe it on the child's shirt and call it Even Steven.

Dec 19, 2019 12:21 PM