The smoke has cleared - figuratively, at least - at a truck
stop in Parsons, KS.
Stockyard Travel Plaza owner Russell McKee told "Land Line
Now" on XM Satellite Radio that he was none too happy when the city told him he
and other business owners would be responsible for enforcing a new anti-smoking
ordinance - even to the point of calling police if a smoker refused to
extinguish a cigarette.
"I really kind of support the ban, but the thing I was
opposed to was they expect us to enforce it to the point of evicting our
customer in the event they refuse to not smoke," McKee said. "That was my
biggest issue - they expected us to police their regulation."
But, McKee said, he met with the Parsons City Council and
city manager, and it was agreed business owners wouldn't have to expel anyone.
McKee - who's a non-smoker himself - said he's even allowed
to keep a well-ventilated TV room where truckers can smoke.
- By Reed Black, staff writer