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    Default WTF?!... You Gotta Be Kidding Me!

    You gotta be freakin' kidding me!... The Reds just won the division, and now some dim-witted folks choose to complain that they broke the "indoor smoking ban" in Ohio?... For what it's worth, several people also complained that they showed the players spraying champagne after clinching the division, saying that it was setting a bad example for their kids... I say that these folks need to get a freakin' life!...

    Cincinnati Reds' celebration cigars bring smoking complaints
    By Jane Prendergast • • September 30, 2010

    Reds owner Bob Castellini enjoys a cigar after the Reds defeated the Houston Astros 3-2 to clinch the NL Central Tuesday.

    The Cincinnati Health Department will investigate the Cincinnati Reds for violations of the state smoking ban after people complained players smoked cigars indoors while celebrating their National League Central Division title Tuesday night.

    A lot of players could be seen on TV smoking the cigars, and Reds owner Bob Castellini was passing them out. But video doesn't affect the investigation - the health inspector has to actually see someone smoking, said Rocky Merz, health department spokesman.

    Five people called a statewide smoking ban complaint hotline, Merz said. Those complaints were sent to the city health department today for investigation. Castellini will get letter soon notifying him of the alleged violation.

    State law requires a health inspector to go out within 30 days at about the same time of day as the alleged violation, Merz said. That means an inspector might be attending one of the playoff games to see if anyone is smoking then.

    "We come in unannounced, obviously," he said.

    If the inspector sees someone smoking, the Reds will be sent a letter notifying them of the violation, which the team can appeal. No fine is attached to any initial violation. If another complaint is filed and an inspector responds again to the ballpark and sees someone smoking, the Reds could be fined $100. The fine escalates to $500 after that.

    In some investigations, inspectors can interview witnesses. That won't work this time because all the complaints were anonymous, Merz said.

    Terry Evans, who oversees riverfront operations for the county, said he wasn’t aware of the smoking complaints therefore could not comment.

    The Reds declined to comment, team spokesman Rob Butcher said.
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    -ah man, things are just not right when you can't smoke a fine cigar.

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    What's next - banning hookers?

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    Next thing you know, they'll ban alcohol!

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