Interesting social dilemma, and for me the answer is an absolute yes. Here's the email I received
Hi Jaime, my name is Carrie. I think I have a social dilemma for you to use on the radio. Do you think a friend should tell you if you have bad breath? The reason I ask is this. The other day, I was about to see my husband for the first time in a week (he was away on business), so before I left work to pick him up a the airport, I asked my friend and coworker if I had bad breath. She said no. Great, I went on my way to the airport and picked up my husband. Of course, as soon as kissed him hello and told him how much I missed him, he told me to pop a tic tac in my mouth. Now we have that kind of relationship, we've been together for 14 years, and we laughed about it, but I wish he didn't have to tell me that. I wish my friend had just answered honestly when I asked her. I'm sure she was trying to spare my feelings, but I wouldn't have been hurt, I wanted to know. I think it's just like if you have food in your teeth. Your friends should always let you know. I think bad breath is the exact same thing. Even if I didn't ask, I would want a friend to tell me that. So the social dilemma is Do you think it's okay for a friend to tell you you have bad breath. I think so absolutely. I'm curious to hear what other think. Thanks so much Jaime.