Just Smoke A Little

At the local McDonald’s, the play area has a no smoking sign. Which wouldn’t be too exciting, except IT’S ON AN ASHTRAY.


It’s either a diabolic psychological experiment or a brilliant ruse by smoking parents.

Except when a mom started smoking while we were playing there, she moved as far away from the ashtray as possible, which put her exactly one foot away from the frolicking children.

Thanks a lot, Conflicted Ashtray.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

10 thoughts to “Just Smoke A Little”

  1. I used to work in an arcade where they didn’t allow smoking, but there was a walkway lined with ashtrays through it to get to other areas of the building. When I would tell people they couldn’t smoke in there, they’d always say, “then why are there ashtrays?” My reply was always, “So you can put it out.” That’s how I would interpret that signage.

    1. I agree. Although it might be a bit misleading, I think the intention is “stop smoking and park your butt here”. Maybe they should write that on the sign.

  2. Maybe it means, “Put it out HERE you cuz there’s no smoking!!!!!” If it’s the one on Broad across from B&N I’ve totally been there before when a parent is smoking and I give them the stink eye. I honestly didn’t even know there was a no smoking sign anywhere. I’m just naturally that condescending I guess.

  3. That is crazy! I guess they thought since people ignored the sign then at least they should have a place to put their cigarette butts. What a mixed message!

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