Smoking ban sees very few complaints
By Dawn Hinshaw
By Dawn Hinshaw
Smokey Bauman doesn’t abide by Richland County’s no-smoking law. He said he didn’t realize smoking restrictions in the workplace extended outside Columbia. And almost all of his customers come to the Cactus Inn to smoke and drink, he said. “I’m sick and tired of these cry babies, crying about, ‘Oh, you’re in my space; you’re polluting my air,’” said Bauman, 60, who did five tours in Vietnam with the Army. “Stay out of here. It’s a bar; it’s not a bakery shop. To me, it ought to be up to the discretion of the owner and the people that come through the door.”
A smoker, Bauman has $10,000 worth of exhaust equipment in his bar. He said it runs all the time and does a good job. “If I’ve only got one complaint,” he said, “I think I’ve done well.” Still, Bauman said, if push comes to shove, he’ll comply with the county law.
Hello Smokey....great name by the way...I have a friend who's an alcoholic and her name is Chardonnay, go figure.
Wake up man. It's 2009. You wanna smoke and run the risk of lung cancer, go right ahead, but leave me out of it. Because you are polluting my air; you are in my space......space....hmmm....there's an idea.
You wanna smoke, Smokey, get yourself a space suit with it's own ventilation system and smoke like a friggin' chimney. Or just stay home and smoke, or smoke in your car, or in your yard, or walking down the street. Just, please, Smokey, please don't do it in my face.
Because maybe, just maybe, all those good customers of yours, those good non-smoking customers, at the Cactus Inn just might go elsewhere to enjoy a drink.
Sheesh, what kind of backward thinking red state did I move into.