Friday, July 25, 2008



Ladies and Gentlemen, meet "Smokey the Stinkpot," the latest No-Goodnik to butt-in on the action at 7th and Montana.  This morning, when he thought no one was looking, Smokey peeled the "No Smoking" sticker off his table at Our Favorite Starbucks, took a quick look around to make sure the coast was clear, and lit up a cigarette which he kept hidden behind a copy of Motor Home Magazine.  I watched, dumbfounded, as the smoke billowed in the direction of a pregnant woman at a nearby table.  "I smell smoke," I said loudly, "Is somebody smoking?!?"  He pretended to ignore me until I eventually moved to another table, out of his range.  Moments later, I dialed 310-458-8923 -- the City of Santa Monica's No Smoking Hotline -- to report the incident.  California State Law prohibits smoking within 20-feet of entrances, exits or operable windows of a public building.  I then called the City Attorney's Office -- to urge them to hurry -- and learned that violators of the City's No Smoking Laws pay an initial fine of $250 which generally increases to $1,000 based on court and other administrative costs.  Let's hope this Ash-Hole gets what he deserves ...!


gazker said...

You should have put a match to his newspaper, after all as the saying goes, there's no smoke without fire!
Gaz ;-)

garnett109 said...

I think it is a 2,000 dollar fine for smoking turkeys in the city.

mpnaz58 said...

How rude!  I was at a ball game a couple of years ago, and a guy lit up...he's sitting in the middle of the stands, people all around him...a guy a couple of rows back yelled at him, 'hey, put out that cigarette', calling attention to him.  Before you knew it, the whole section was booing him, cursing him, he finally left.  It was just so obvious...who do they think they're kidding!!??
xoxo ~Myra