One could say that Rufus & Joel have a certain “AIR” about them!
I must say that the jokes came out right and I did laugh. To air is human, to smell isn’t divine.
Whether or not Jor-El or Ruthless “smell” as such, the real stink in there is the attitude of the other shopper. First he orders them around as servants (and indeed, how many buildings even employ elevator operators these days?), then he makes a derogatory comment right to their faces. Compared to him, Ebenezer Scrooge is a pillar of joviality.
An eight story mall in Gasoline Alley? Never woulda thunk it.
“That’s the smell of a working man. Clearly you wouldn’t recognize it.”