Friday, June 6, 2014

It only takes one person to complain...


You probably don't know this, but it is extremely easy to report a violation of the Smoking in Public Places and Places of Employment Law. As a matter of fact, King County has made it super easy for you:

If you witness a violation of the Smoking in Public Places and Places of Employment law in King County, please use this online form to let us know and the Tobacco Prevention Program will investigate as appropriate. Please note that the King County Tobacco Prevention Program is only authorized to enforce the no-smoking law with owners or other persons in charge of an establishment for failure to prohibit smoking in an area under their control (such as an outside patio, seating area, bus shelter, etc). If you witness smoking done in an area that is not under the control of an establishment (such as a sidewalk, alleyway, etc.) please notify your local police department using their non-emergency number.

Or, you can even send them a txt msg from your cellphone: 

Text us about a violation! Next time you are out and you witness a business not complying with the law, text 206-745-2548 and let us know. Please include the establishment name, date of violation, and a brief description of what violation is occurring. Don't forget to save this number in your phone!

Yep, that's all it takes...
 
So you're probably wondering why I mention this? Well, our favorite local cigar hangout, the Tobacco Patch, has received a letter from King County stating that the Tobacco Patch is in violation of the law. WTF? Yes indeed. I found this out the other day while I was on my evening walk. I took my normal path downtown via the marina, came up the steps by the Irish Rover, turned right at the Thai place, and looked over towards the Patch - I had to do a double take - where is everybody?? So I went inside the store and read the letter from the county with the bad news. JEEZ! What a joke! 
 
You see with the Patch, there's no easy way to bypass or go around the law. You'd think you could just smoke 25 feet away from their front door, which is within your legal rights. Well, 25 feet from the Patch's door and their neighbor's door will put you on the other side of that little garden, out on the main sidewalk next to the busy street. That's not going to work...
 
Anyway... on my walk last night I met up with the Kirkland gang at the new "temporary" location, kind of over by Starbucks. Believe me, this place isn't going to work out either, too much foot traffic, and it's right next to the Gelato place. (Too many little kids) 
 
So we're in search of a new home. I've got a few places in mind, but it sucks when you've had the perfect place for the last 10 years. Sheeeeeeeeeehs.... 
 
It only takes one person to complain...



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