[FOSDEM] FOSDEM 2009 beer event

Philip Paeps philip at fosdem.org
Mon Dec 29 16:48:46 CET 2008


On 2008-12-29 16:38:16 (+0100), Dag Wieers <dag at wieers.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Dec 2008, Philip Paeps wrote:
> 
> > On 2008-12-29 16:07:04 (+0100), Christophe Vandeplas <cvandeplas at fosdem.org> wrote:
> >> On 12/29/08 3:58 PM, Bruno Costacurta wrote:
> >>
> >>> Is this beer event non-smoking ?
> >>
> >> In Belgium the legislation is so that:
> >> - No smoking in restaurants
> >> - In Bars it's allowed to smoke.
> >>
> >> Usually bars have a smoking and non-smoking area.
> >
> > HAHAHAHAHA!  Delusions!
> >
> > Expect to be engulfed by a cloud of poisonous gasses at all times during the
> > FOSDEM beer event.  There is no space for a non-smoking area.  It's a bar, and
> > we fill it.  Completely and utterly.  Down to the last square ångström.
> 
> If the bar is completely filled by FOSDEM people, we can ask everyone not 
> to smoke inside. There is no law in Belgium forbidding to make an event 
> non-smoking.
> 
> And since most countries already have laws to disallow smoking in bars 
> (and Belgium will introduce them as well if we ever get a government that 
> can make decisions again) I don't see why we cannot protect the 
> non-smoking people and ask smokers to go outside.
> 
> There are more smoking than non-smoking people.

I am perfectly happy with asking FOSDEM people not to smoke.  I can't however
enforce anything (nor do I want to) and I definitely don't have any kind of
control over the non-FOSDEM people (the seven or eight of them that will still
fit) in the bar.

It's easier all round to just accept whatever the bar's default policy on
smoking is.

No, I don't like it either.  I don't smoke tobacco.  There are a million
things on my FOSDEM TODO list, I don't have time to fight windmills.  If
someone would like to try to enforce a non-smoking policy at the beer event, I
won't stop them.  I won't have time to help them either though.

 - Philip

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