Dinner was Smokin’

We just got back from a wonderful dinner at Morty’s Steakhouse. I am sure I have blogged about eating there before. Truly, their steaks are magnificent. Delectable. Delicious. Scrumptious. Perfection. I had an awesome time with the KoD. I totally enjoyed the apple martini the barman made for me.

I was mildly irritated by the incessant ringing of another diner’s phone, but I tried hard to ignore it. What really ticked us off was a guy walked through the restaurant to the bathrooms with a lit cigarette in his hand. He stood in plain view at the entrance to the bathroom, right near the kitchen, taking the last few puffs of his cancer stick.

It is against the law in Quebec to smoke in restaurants and public places. That’s a fact that doesn’t even allow for personal preference. I don’t like being confronted with cigarette smoke as I dine. Luckily we had finished eating and were waiting for the bill, so it wasn’t worth making a song and dance, but had we been in the midst of eating we would have complained.

What bothers me is that the waiters were passing him multiple times on their way in and out of the kitchen, and they could not have failed to notice that he was smoking, yet they said nothing. I watched. He stood there smoking nonchalantly, and got away with it.

Have you been in a similar situation? What did you do? How would you have handled it?

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  1. soso says:

    In my place, smoking is not forbidden in restaurants and cafés, so I have to put up with it all the time.

    My suggestion: Image you are in my town and then consider how lucky you are that you can escape the smoke most of the time, or always except this tiny little exception…

    Kind of “positive thinking”

  2. randy says:

    Hi Hadassah

    Usually i am a big fan of your blog. However, this article is discriminating. As a non smoker, I let other people live they way the choose to. Even if this smoking disturbs you, just tell him kindly and i am sure he will stop. But this anti smoking extremism, come on, so stop driving, you might hurt somebody, or stop enjoying your whiskey, you might hurt yourself. . .
    Bottom line, you might hate smoking and smokers, but let these people live. . .

  3. Frayda says:

    I would ask a waiter or other restaurant employee to ask the smoker to stop smoking. Yes, I would make an issue of it even if I was leaving soon.

    Randy – second hand smoke is dangerous to others. Let someone smoke in their own home but not when they are putting someone else in harm’s way.

  4. Z! says:

    Sigh… just so you all really know- the risk of second hand smoke is not that great, unless you are continuously exposed to it in your home breathing the stuff in 24/7.
    The way the Govt has gotten people on the anti-tobacco band wagon was by telling people that NON-smokers will be killed as well.
    True it is a disgusting habit, but if/when the govt allows marijuana smoking all of sudden second hand smoke won’t be so bad….

    • lady lock and load says:

      regardless if it’s a health risk or not….who wants to eat with the stench of cigarette smoke? Makes me lose my appetite!

  5. Rainy says:

    Rules are so strict here in California and the anti-smoking sentiment is so strong, I haven’t ever seen anyone with the chutzpah to test it. Still, I am shocked that none of the staff told him to stop!!

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