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Re^5: Do you smoke tobacco?

by kudra (Vicar)
on Sep 03, 2004 at 23:46 UTC ( #388454=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^4: Do you smoke tobacco?
in thread Do you smoke tobacco?

I got another dose of the apathy tonight; at least it wasn't aggression.

I was taking the last train home and a man got on. He was talking loudly and drinking a beer, so I put on my headphones so I could ignore him. A little while later I happened to glance up and noticed he was snorting coke off his house keys. Not that I really cared, but it demonstrated his mindset.

Not too long after that I smelled smoke. It was no real suprise to me who was smoking. I pointed out that it was a non-smoking train, to which he replied that he knew. I then asked him to quit smoking but he didn't, so I had to go call for the train personnel to deal with him. Then I moved to another part of the train.

Yet another nice evening out made less fun because of some jerk with no consideration for others... (Note that I don't think this describes all smokers, but I sure encounter a lot who are like that.)


Comment on Re^5: Do you smoke tobacco?
Re^6: Do you smoke tobacco?
by seuratt (Novice) on Sep 21, 2004 at 19:16 UTC
    i think this thread should be considered in the context of vigilante justice, even though the 'crime' is mundane and the rational supported by a majority of the public.

    kudra did the right thing, above, by being annoyed, asking, then bringing in outside authories when the person wasn't cooperative.

    my ideals on public health are not really worth a broken nose, which is a very realistic outcome of smashing a strager's cigarette. i do care, however, about things affecting my health, so there is a responsiblity to either do something active to change the situation, or to remove myself from it.

    in general, extremism begets extremism. in breaking the cigarette you're not even helping to change the smoker's behaviour --which was, more or less, the basic point.

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