I was wandering around Civic on Saturday doing some last minute Christmas shopping with a couple of friends. We were hungry, so one of my friends offered to buy us lunch. We walked to a restaurant in City Walk and ordered some food and coffee. While sitting down outside, drinking coffees a couple came over, sat down and proceeded to light up.
One of my friends is very allergic to cigarette smoke, so they went over and politely said “Would you mind please not smoking here please. I’m allergic to it, and it’s illegal now.”
The male smoker went burko straight off. He used some pretty foul language to tell my friend where to go and how to get there and said “I don’t give a shit if you are allergic to it, there’s no signs saying I can’t smoke here. Go get…”
My friend was very taken aback and came over to the other two of us. I went inside the restaurant to ask them to do something about it but the staff member was extremely reluctant to do so. Upon explaining the matter their first response was “Well why did you sit outside then if you don’t like smoking?” I explained we liked the sun and fresh air. Further requests for assistance were met with “It’s not really our problem. I don’t want to get involved. It’s between you and them.”
My friend who was paying then announced we were leaving, paid for the coffees we had started to drink and cancelled the food side of our order which had not arrived yet. The staff demanded a tip for cancelling the order, but we refused to pay that, instead leaving. As we left, the smoker, who was still smoking, abused the three of us.
I thought that restaurants, pubs and clubs were supposed to put up signs now saying that smoking was no longer permitted outside? We only saw them at King O Malleys. Why is it that no other restaurant in Garema Place or City Walk has signs up?
If you want to avoid this sort of rubbish behaviour, just look for the restaurant in city walk with dozens of cigarettes floating in the containers they use to hold up their awning and avoid them.