This is clearly four feet. Can I get the chain gang out here?

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Two months after banning smoking in county workplaces, County Council last night reduced the distance that smokers must keep from doorways from 15 feet to five feet. The vote was 9-5.

“The original ordinance said 15 feet; the chief executive wanted no feet,” said Ms. Cleary, D-Brentwood. “I think the five feet will be a good compromise.”

Is the chief executive aware that “no feet” equals people smoking in the doorways and standing in the middle of exitways?

How will this be enforced? Will off duty NFL chain gangs be standing near entrances on the South Side armed with their down-measuring doohickeys and come running up to measure the distance between the smoker and the door? That would be awesome.


  1. Mr. Curious
    November 22, 2006 12:53 pm

    If I have one foot inside the 4′ prohibited area and one foot outside, at the same time, am I violating the ordinance?

  2. pittgirl
    November 22, 2006 1:00 pm

    Legitimate question. Maybe it’s like football, wherever your knee is when you fall down from drinking too much, that’s the marker.

  3. Mr. Curious
    November 22, 2006 1:00 pm

    Sorry, should have typed a “5” instead of a “4” in my last message!

  4. Mr. Curious
    November 22, 2006 1:18 pm

    Then the “spot” becomes important. Meter maids could carry the chains around and wait to be summoned by police officers calling for a measurement.

    Staggering drunks would present their own set of problems.