Re: Non-Smokers Rejoice
Date: December 01, 2009 08:20PM
a bar is a private place in one sense however by law it is defined as a place of public accommodation.
this is why bars have things like handicap restrooms, ramps, and other features.
Otis, did you think that bar owners installed things like this out of the goodness of their hearts? of course not. they are required in order to get building permits and meet multiple codes, laws, and requirements as PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION.
This designation also allows things such as health inspections and fire inspections.
I am in favor of private ownership and capitolism but a true laissex-faire policy, that you appear to advocate, hasn't been in place in america since somewhere around the 1880's with the rise of workers rights, OSHA, and the dramatic rise in regulation that followed.
to a certain extent some level of regulation is necessary. fire codes, building safety codes, ADA compliance, and other regulations that protect the health of occupants, customers, and employees of businesses.
so please explain with this new understanding of a bar, and pretty much any in-house service business, as a place of public accommodation.