Skip to main content

Erie County, Ohio Health Department May Have to Fine Itself

If the Ohio State Health Department follows its own rules, they may have to fine the Erie County Health Department, because someone violated the statewide smoking ban.

Paul Hauke, Jr., a bar owner from Sandusky, became the first Ohioan to receive a written warning for violating the smoking ban, Jay Carey, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Health, told the Sandusky Register. All other written warnings and fines have been given to business owners, not individuals.

And therein lies the problem. The law basically says that if a person lights up in a business, and they don't provide a way for the businesses to make patrons stop smoking.

According to the Register story, businesses get a written warning for the first offense, and then fines of $100, $500, $1,000 and $2,500 for each violation, whereas individuals only get the letter and a $100 fine.

While I'm an anti-smoker myself, I still think Hauke's is stunt kind of funny. I can appreciate his anger and frustration, and like the audacity of his action, because right or wrong, it does draw attention to the plight of some small business owners.

According to the law, the Erie County Health Department should get a warning letter soon. And if anyone goes back and smokes again, the ECHD will owe the state $100, and then $500 for another violation, and so on.

This does NOT mean several of you should drive to the ECHD to 420 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 33870 and light up in protest so they have to pay thousands of dollars in ironic fines.

But this isn't Hauke's first time doing it. He did the same thing in the Findlay municipal building a couple weeks ago. This time, he also threatened to call a state tattler's hotline to file a complaint against the ECHD for permitting a smoking violation.

Erie County health commissioner Pete Schade said Hauke is missing the point by lighting up inside the ECHD building.

“That’s like driving drunk to the police station and then complaining that there’s a drunk driver on the road,” Schade said.

Like this post? Leave a comment, Digg it, or Stumble it.


Popular posts from this blog

AYFKMWTS?! FBI Creates 88 Page Twitter Slang Guide


Did you get that? It's an acronym. Web slang. It's how all the teens and young people are texting with their tweeters and Facer-books on their cellular doodads.

It stands for "The FBI has created an eighty-eight page Twitter slang dictionary."

See, you would have known that if you had the FBI's 88 page Twitter slang dictionary.

Eighty-eight pages! Of slang! AYFKMWTS?! (Are you f***ing kidding me with this s***?! That's actually how they spell it in the guide, asterisks and everything. You know, in case the gun-toting agents who catch mobsters and international terrorists get offended by salty language.)

I didn't even know there were 88 Twitter acronyms, let alone enough acronyms to fill 88 pieces of paper.

The FBI needs to be good at Twitter because they're reading everyone's tweets to see if anyone is planning any illegal activities. Because that's what terrorists do — plan their terroristic activities publicly, as if they were…

Understanding 7 Different Types of Humor

One of my pet peeves is when people say they have a "dry" sense of humor, without actually understanding what it actually means.

"Dry" humor is not just any old type of humor. It's not violent, not off-color, not macabre or dark.

Basically, dry humor is that deadpan style of humor. It's the not-very-funny joke your uncle the cost analysis accountant tells. It's Bob Newhart, Steven Wright, or Jason Bateman in Arrested Development.

It is not, for the love of GOD, people, the Black Knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I swear, if anyone says Monty Python is "dry humor" is going to get a smack.

Here are some other types of comedy you may have heard and are just tossing around, willy-nilly.

Farce: Exaggerated comedy. Characters in a farce get themselves in an unlikely or improbable situation that takes a lot of footwork and fast talking to get out of. The play "The Foreigner" is an example of a farce, as are many of the Jeeves &…

What Are They Thinking? The Beloit College Mindset List

Every year at this time, the staff at Beloit College send out their new student Mindset List as a way to make everyone clutch their chest and feel the cold hand of death.

This list was originally created and shared with their faculty each year, so the faculty would understand what some of their own cultural touchstones might mean, or not mean, to the incoming freshmen. They also wanted the freshmen to know it was not cool to refer to '80s music as "Oldies."

This year's incoming Beloit freshmen are typically 18 years old, born in 1999. John F. Kennedy Jr. died that year, as did Stanley Kubrick and Gene Siskel. And so did my hope for a society that sought artistic and intellectual pursuits for the betterment of all humanity. Although it may have actually died when I heard about this year's Emoji Movie.

Before I throw my hands up in despair, here are a few items from the Mindset list for the class of 2021.

They're the last class to be born in the 1900s, and are t…