No Cancer, No smokers, No money

I am writing to complain about the ban on smoking in Louisiana. Before you have a shit fit, and start to pull out your “The Truth” protest buttons, here me out. The smoking ban went into affect January 1st 2007. I know it is kind of early, but this is killing my poker business. I am not the only one. I have spoken to other restaurant owners who stand to lose way more money than I will. They have all said that their video poker revenues have dropped off the charts.

Before K, video poker was not necessarily a needed addition to ones establishment. Now, the service industry needs all the help it can get. If the monthly revenues from V.P. are enough to pay one of the big bills like rent or electricity, we usually have enough left over to stay open another month.

The problem most of us are having with the law is that it only pertains to us. You can have a bar and smoke. You can have a casino and smoke. You can have a truck stop and smoke. You can have a bar with a restaurant in it and smoke. If you own a restaurant you can’t smoke. What the fuck kind of law is that? We can now pick and choose whose rights are to be taken away at a whim? This law is very unconstitutional. All of these establishments have video poker. Why is our right to be competitive being taken away from us. How can you impose a law in one place and not the other?

This is our point. We don’t mind that there is a smoking law. We like the fact that there is a law against it in our restaurants. We only wished it would be a law that would encompass any service industry establishment. This would put everyone on even ground again and it would be left up to the consumer as to which place they would like to go to play V.P. It would not be determined by the state. Most players I know hate going into bars to play, but they can’t relax with a smoke otherwise.

Why is my business being punished for being a restaurant? Should I have opened a shitty bar instead? Should I have applied to the State and given every legislator a $500,000 check so my Truck Stop application would slip right through? It is unfair to put sanctions on such similar businesses. It is almost like telling a guy in a car he is getting a ticket for not wearing his seatbelt while a douche bag on a motorcycle flies by with no seatbelt or a helmet.

I don’t mind the law, but be fair. You guys in Baton Rouge are stomping on a local industry that is already slowly going down the drain. Next you’ll make a law saying you can’t get a blowjob because it is against the laws of Jesus. Oh wait! That already is a law here. My bad.

See, I almost started to lose it there but I found my center and became one with Yahweh! There were no animals harmed in the writing of this post. I will try to be more empathetic to my fellow humans. If you believe that, you probably believe that there is an invisible man in the sky who sent his only son to die for your sins. I believe his name was Terry of Nazareth. I”m pretty sure it’s true because I saw it on Crossing Over with John Edward.
I’m sorry, I had to blast something before I left. What can I say, It is a part of me I cannot fight.

Peace out suckas! Ya momma wears army boots!

11 Comments so far

  1. steve (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

    Again I ask, where is your restaurant and what is it called? I am a potential customer. I like your writing so maybe I’ll like your food. Plus, my girlfriend does restaurant reviews on WWNO on Thursdays. Maybe she can put in a good word.

  2. Paul p (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

    I have been asked by partners to keep the place anonymous. This is the only way they can control me.

  3. Mr. B (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

    Even though I hate smoking and cigarettes, these sorts fo laws piss me off. The only thing worse than smoking is the government telling you how to run your business.

  4. jack (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 9:25 am

    I have to agree with your arguments. I am a diehard supporter of banning smoking, but it has to be done in all places, not just restaurants. I have been living in chicago for 6 years since leaving new orleans and we have a similar disaster of a law up here. Luckily in another year it will extend to bars also, but it is a mess. Places like new york and boston and cali have not shown any economic problems from banning smoking, but it is because it is banned everywhere. new orleans needs to get it together and ban it in bars as well. That should get your business back. Until that is done I feel for you and it completely unfair. Good luck with the restaurant, if I figure out which one it is I will stop in for a meal next month when I am back in town.

  5. Jonah (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 9:39 am

    I am in agreement with a smoking ban but am equally confused with the current one. I was in the restaurant/bar 13 on Frenchmen St. yesterday and noticed that people were smoking up front and yet over 2/3 of the establishment is clearly for dining. Doesn’t that make them more of a restaurant than a bar? Confusion abounds. It’s such typical Lousiana legislation.

  6. Paul p (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 10:36 am

    It depends on which type of license they applied for. A bar can have as many tables and chairs as it wants to, as long as alcohol is its primary form of revenue.

    I was alerted to this website from a lawsuit a few years back.

  7. Owen (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    Mr. B has it right. I’m also a non-smoker, but these are private businesses. If they want to allow patrons to smoke, it should be their business. This is just another manifestation of the nanny-state rolling in.

  8. roux (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    Thank you Mema Blanco….

  9. Joey (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

    I’m in favor of banning tobacco, and any other products that lead to cancer. I wish you’d all see beyond your money and addictions to realize life is precious, and smoking leads to death.

  10. Ty (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

    Our state (Az) just recently passed a similar law. My only comment is; if you don’t like the smoke don’t visit that establishment, but don’t punish the business owners. I don’t smoke and never have (other than the occasional cigar), and I can determine whether or not I want to spend my money in an establishment based on whether or not there is too much cigarette smoke. Spare me the “ban it because it causes cancer”, so do a lot of other things, and once again I can make the choice to visit that establishment or not.

  11. Drew (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    Hello folks,
    Say, does anyone have a link of the video of Steve Miller singing/playing the national anthem? I’d like to see it; he’s a semi-distant relative of mine, and I was proud to see he came down to show his support.
    Thanks and Go Saints.

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