I don’t think it’s any surprise that the smoking ban which was suppose to start this past Thursday was a bust. How can you impose a law when those who are to enforce it don’t fully understand the rules of it?
And do you think the cops want to be bothered with it?
This past Thursday, I grabbed some food over at Madonna’s on 7th & Vine. It’s a bar that serves lunch. When I walked in, I noticed that all the ashtrays were still on the tables and on the bar. Laura the barmaid was smoking a cigarette.
While eating my salad, a cop walks in and orders a carryout. Laura, who had just put out her cigarette, quickly lights another one and looks over at me. You see, I told her if the opportunity presented itself to test the no-smoking ban, I would do so. I guess she wanted to test it too.
The cop said nothing to her. I stopped eating and lit up my own cigarette.
I cleared my throat a couple times; wanting to make sure the policeman could see I was smoking. He looked at me for a little bit, but did nothing.
After the cop got his carryout, he went over and talked to the owner of Madonna’s who was shooting pool. I have no idea what they were talking about, but I doubt if it was about the smoking ban. The owner of Madonna’s was smoking a big old cigar.
Apparently, it’s going to take months to get this ban going. As a smoker, I won’t be complaining about it.