SF Outdoor Smoking Ban Hard to Enforce
Lawlessness was rampant Friday on the green green grass of San Francisco.
On the first day of the ban on smoking in public parks, countless smokers were lighting up, inhaling, blowing gray curlicues into the glorious afternoon sunshine and generally flouting society's newest edict.
"You got nothing else to do out here?" said Joe Gallo, a visitor who was celebrating his arrival from Boston an hour earlier with deep draws on a Cohiba cigar in the middle of Union Square.
"I mean, we've killed 100,000 Iraqis, and the president has lied to us, and you're telling me this is the most important thing you have to worry about in San Francisco," Gallo said. "Amazing."
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who last year wrote the ordinance that is believed to be the most comprehensive outdoor smoking ban in the United States, was getting just a bit fired up herself about the city not living up to its end of the deal.
"Our job is to write the law," she said. "We're not supposed to enforce it. This is frustrating."
"When I (heard) that nothing is being done, I thought 'Wow, that's outrageous,' " she said. "This is the law of the land."