Sunday, March 09, 2008

Get Around A Ban On Smoking In Bars By Turning Your Patrons Into Actors

Not kidding. This is going on in Minnesota. Read Theater of the absurd: Minnesota bars thwart smoking ban by declaring everyone an actor. Here is an exerpt:

"A new state ban on smoking in restaurants and other nightspots contains an exception for performers in theatrical productions. So some bars are getting around the ban by printing up playbills, encouraging customers to come in costume, and pronouncing them “actors.”"

This reminds me of the law of Unintended Consequences. It says

"The law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is that actions of people—and especially of government—always have effects that are unanticipated or "unintended." Economists and other social scientists have heeded its power for centuries; for just as long, politicians and popular opinion have largely ignored it."

"For instance, the United States has imposed quotas on imports of steel in order to protect steel companies and steelworkers from lower-priced competition. The quotas do help steel companies. But they also make less of the cheap steel available to U.S. automakers. As a result the automakers have to pay more for steel than their foreign competitors do. So policy that protects one industry from foreign competition makes it harder for another industry to compete with imports."


Chris Carrigan said...

Ironic to say the least!

Cyril Morong said...
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Cyril Morong said...

Chris, thanks for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed the article