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When an obnoxious law makes an exception, take advantage of it
Posted by: McQ on Monday, February 11, 2008

As have these bar owners in MN:
On a night when wind chills were expected to reach minus-40 or below, revelers hunkered down for a night of drinking at Barnacle's Resort, a popular winter redoubt for ice fishermen and snowmobilers on the north shore of Lake Mille Lacs.

Helmets and jackets were stuffed everywhere. A plastic kiddie pool full of crushed ice held red meat, which was raffled off throughout the night. Two tables of Texas Hold 'Em were full, and someone was telling the story of the night Minnesota Vikings fullback Jim Kleinsasser sat there - right there - in that very stool. Smoke wafted through the bar.

Wait ... smoke? As in cigarettes?

On this Saturday night, and every Saturday night going forward until someone tells them to stop, the owners at Barnacle's are allowing their customers to light up. It's not so much an act of civil disobedience against the statewide smoking ban as it is exploiting an exception that allows smoking as part of a theatrical production.

You see, all those people drinking and smoking and laughing and telling the government to mind its own business? They're really actors.

"You are looking at a stage. You are looking at a playhouse," said Mark Benjamin, who cooked up the idea. "Those are not cigarettes - those are props."
A mockery of the law? Not really. The law is a mockery and the bar owners are just treating it appropriately.

Me thinks there could be thousands of theatrical productions in bars across MN in the near future.
 
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I need to know if a similar loophole exists in the Illinois law...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Good for them.
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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They could call it performance art, but there doesn’t seem to be enough offensive, obscene, or downright silly and pretentious activity involved.
 
Written By: timactual
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Tm, you’re forgetting who got these laws passed...

Smoking is about as offensive as it gets to those people... :)
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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"All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;" - W.S.

"They could call it performance art"

Then they could get a grant from the NEA to put it on...

The Travesty of Free Will and Second Hand Smoke
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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"A mockery of the law?"
Quite possibly.

After all: there is no "libertarian" on the jury.

Yet.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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"Then they could get a grant from the NEA to put it on..."

Cool! Free beer!

I wonder what brand of cigarettes they smoke——Players, perhaps?
 
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