Julien went around the conference table with his business team, shaking hands with clients. As soon as he sat down, he pulled out a bottle of hand sanitizer.
Emilia, a business associate, leaned over and whispered, “You’re doing that now?”
“The longer you leave it, the more the germs spread,” replied Julien.
“They’re sitting right across from you,” stressed Emilia. She looked around the table making sure they weren’t noticed.
“Should I offer them some?”
“No. Put it away. You’re gonna insult them,” said Emilia.
“How can I focus on business when my hands are an amusement park for viruses?” asked Julien.
“You better not ruin a multimillion dollar deal because you’re obsessed with health.”
From across the table, one of the clients whispered, “Is that hand sanitizer? May I trouble you for some?”
Julien shot Emilia a knowing glance. “Germophobes unite,” he said.